Onam 2019: 10 Best Onam Recipes | Onam Sadhya Recipes And Special Dishes

Onam Recipes: Celebrate the 10 day festivities of onam with the best of onam sadhya recipes that you can prepare at home. From luscious pulissery to decadent payasam, we've got it all for you along with recipes.

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: September 05, 2019 14:34 IST

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Onam 2019: 10 Best Onam Recipes | Onam Sadhya Recipes And Special Dishes

Onam 2019: Onam Sadya Recipes

Highlights
  • Onam is a 10-day harvest festival of Kerala
  • It celebrates the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali
  • The highlight of the festival is an elaborate meal called Onam Sadhya

Bring out the gigantic banana leaves and get cooking some of the best loved meals of Kerala while you prepare the Onam Sadhya to celebrate the festival Onam 2019. Let the festivities and good food take over as the country celebrates Onam 2019. The 10-day harvest festival began on 1st September, and ends on 11th September, 2019. During this period, people in Kerala commemorate the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. Apart from fresh flower decorations and power-packed boat races, the highlight of the festival is an elaborate meal called the Onam Sadhya or Onam Sadya. 



Onam Sadhya, which in Malayalam means 'banquet' is a sensational multi-course vegetarian meal that features over 24 dishes on a banana leaf.  Onam Sadhya is enjoyed without any cutlery and is usually eaten while sitting on the floor.



The usual items in an Onam Sadhya include: Kaaya varuthatha (banana chips), chena varuthatha (yam chips), sarkara upperi (Jaggery coated banana chips), mango pickle, lime pickle, puli inji (tamarind & ginger chutney), kichadi (Gourd in mildly spiced yoghurt), pachadi (Pineapple in yoghurt) , olan ( ash gourd with black beans in a coconut milk gravy), stir-fried vegetables with grated coconut, theeyal (mixed vegetable gravy), erissery (mashed beans and pumpkin with coconut gravy), avial, puliserry (yogurt based curry), kootu curry (black chickpeas curry), sambar, rasam, spicy buttermilk, bananas, papad and of course boiled rice.

Now, how can you get your very own Onam Sadhya? We dug into our treasure trove and found 10 easy-peasy recipes you can whip up at home to give your family their very own customized Onam Sadhya.



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Here Are 10 Best Onam Recipes (Onam Sadhya):


1. Erissery 

This is a gorgeous and mildly-spiced mix of grated coconut mixed with pumpkin, garlic and green chillis. It's tempered with a beautiful blend of mustard seeds, chillis and crisp curry leaves. A true blue traditional onam dish to prepare during the festivities. 

2. Pulissery 

A simple and popular side dish made with ash gourd or cucumber along with buttermilk, coconut and a host of spices that are sure tantalise your taste buds. Pair this with rice or roti for a whole meal.



10-best-onam-recipes-2Onam 2019: A simple and popular side dish made with ash gourd​.
 

3. Thenga Choru 

Give the usual every-day rice a coconut-y spin with some tasty coconut rice. Thenga choru has the goodness of urad dal and cashews along with spices and chillies and the tang of lemon.

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Onam 2019: Easy to prepare coconut rice with some urad dal and cashews.

4. Pachadi

A light and smashing blend of coconut, curd and pineapple combined with fiery chillies and spices. Pair this delightful dish with rice or roti for a mouth-watering meal.



10-best-onam-recipes-3Onam 2018: A light and smashing blend of coconut, curd and pineapple combined with fiery chillies
 

5. Avial 

A delicious dish that uses potato, carrots, raw banana, drumstick, beans and a small piece of raw mango. Avial is a traditional Kerala dish that is served on a bed of Kerala rice that you'd want to dig into right away!

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6. Paal Payasam

Onam Sadhya isn't complete without a smashing dessert and payasam gives you just that.  A typical Onam Sadhya has four different kinds of payasam but why don't we start with just one brilliant one.



10-best-onam-recipes-4Onam 2019: Onam Sadhya isn't complete without a smashing dessert and payasam gives you just that​

7. Rasam 

With lots of pepper and tomatoes, rasam with its thin consistency is a real hit with any South-Indian meal. With toor dal, lots of pepper and tomatoes, rasam can be eaten eaten as soup or with steamed rice. Try it out and you'll know why it is irresistible. 

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Onam 2019: Mouth-watering curry that is here to soothe your senses.

8. Kadala Curry

An authentic Malabar curru, kadala curry is a curry packed with black chana and an array of spices. A smooth gravy, that is surely a real winner on your dinner table!



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10-best-onam-recipes-5Onam 2018: A curry packed with black chana and smooth gravy, this one is a real winner!

9. Kalan Kerala Curry

An easy breezy curry prepared using buttermilk, mustard seeds, coconut and raw bananas along with a host of other subtle spices. Kalan is a traditional onam dish.

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Onam 2019: Kalan curry is a must-have during onam sandhya.

10. Ulli Theeyal

A Kerala delicacy made with shallots or tiny onions cooked in a roasted coconut gravy. Tangy, spicy and bursting with flavours, ulli theeyal is a great dish to prepare o the occasion of onam sandhya.

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Use these brilliant recipes, to prepare your own Onam Sadhya menu and impress your family and friends. 

Happy Onam 2019!



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