Ellavarkum Ente Hridayam Niranja Onam Aasamsakal! Wishing each one of you a very happy and prosperous Onam. May this year brings you lots and lots of happiness in life and fulfill all your dreams. Happy Onam!
Onam is one of the most popular regional festivals of Kerala. It is celebrated by all Keralites regardless of their caste or religion. People rejoice the return of King Mahabali, the kind demon king who once ruled the land.I have shared more about Onam on this site and you can read about it here.
Sadya serving begins from the bottom left half of the leaf. In some areas a pinch of salt is kept on the leaf but some people avoid it.
On the bottom left half of the leaf a small banana is placed, next pappadam
Then sarkara varatti /jaggery coated banana chips and upperi/banana chips
Next from the top left half of the banana leaf
Thoran /Mezhupuratti (vegetable stir fry with coconut) (I have posted many different kinds of thoran but usually we prepare and serve these thorans for sadya.)
Next Pachadi’s and Khichadi’s
Next comes different kinds of Side Dishes
Now banana leaf is filled with all the side dishes and most people will have dipped their fingers in some of the delicacies to have a taste.
The rice is served at the bottom center of the banana leaf.
Then parippu curry is served along with ghee
Next Sambhar is served (Some part Theeyal is also served)
Next Kalan, Kurukku Kalan, Puliserry, Moru Curry
Next served is Rasam
Then comes the most anticipated part the Desserts /Payasam’s.
Normally 2-3 varieties of payasam from the below list will be served to make sadhya delicious.
oops! tried Is’t? The traditional sadya is not over yet….
Then Sambaram /Curd /Buttermik is served at the end to complete the meal and to help digestion.
Most people stop with the dessert…This is the way we serve in our place. The ways of serving differs from region to region.
Hope you all enjoyed this Onam Recipes!