Onasadya: Grand feast of Onam

Onam is the state festival of Kerala. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zest by the Malayalees all over the world. While Thiruvonam (the tenth day) is the most important day of the festival, the celebrations at some places continue until chatayam (twelfth day). The festival is marked by elaborate rituals, feast, socializing, games […]

Important features of Onasadya

Coconut is the most common ingredients in all the variety of dishes. It is to be noted that Coconut milk is also used in dishes to give special flavor and taste. Coconut oil is used for frying and deep frying the dishes. On the banana leaf in a specific order, all the dishes are served. […]

Mor Kuzhambu for Onasadya

Onasadya - Onam feast

Mor Kuzhambu for Onasadya, recipe of Mor Kuzhambu for Onasadya.. An Onam without Mor Kuzhambu is not a full-fledged festivity. This dish is part and parcel of Onasadya. It is one of the popular South Indian dish. It is usually made with buttermilk curry seasoned with mustard seeds, turmeric powder, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. […]

Payasam, the queen of all dishes in Onasadya

Payasam is a popular Keralite dish is generally made of milk. But it can also be prepared by coconut milk, by sugar or by jiggery. Thus different ingredient produces different flavour. As it is a popular food thus it is also made by fruits like banana as well as jackfruit. In the present scenario, there […]

Dry Fruit Kesari: a popular dessert in Onasadya

Kerala’s Sweet dishes are extremely popular for their wonderful taste and flavour. Pradhaman and Payasam are the main desserts in Onasadya. One of the additional desserts is the Dry Fruit Kesari. It is considered as one of the famous sweet dish of Kerala. Dry Fruit Kesari is primarily made with Rava. It is to be […]

Glossary of ingredients for Onam: Translations- Malayalam to English / Hindi

Festival and celebration are part and parcel of life. There are many numbers of festivals and celebration in different religions and communities in the society. Onam is one such festival that is commonly celebrated by Malayalees and non-Keralite because of its festivity and historical importance. The preparation of Onapookalam and Onasadya are very common in […]

Difference between Ona Pradhaman and Ona Payasam

Pradhaman and Payasam are both sweet dessert of Kerala. It is same like the north Indian “Kheer” which is also a sweet dessert. These desserts are normally prepared during the festive season, in marriage feast, birthday and anniversary celebrations etc. These desserts rightly fit into any happy occasions in life. Pradhaman and Payasam are part […]

The usual food items in Onasadya

On a large banana leaf, Onasadya is served clockwise from top in the following manner. With Boiled rice in center and from top, Paayasam, Bittergourd thoran, aviyal, Kaalan, Lime Pickle, Sambar and Buttermilk are served. Sambar is a chief thick gravy dish that is made of vegetables like drumsticks, tomato, etc. with lentils, tamarind and […]

Sadya: The grand banquet of Keralites

In Malayalam language, Sadya means banquet. On a banana leaf, a traditionally vegetarian meal served is known as Sadya. It is a very typical feast of the Malayalees. It is to be noted that people sit cross-legged on the floor on a mat to have Sadya. Even in the modern age, people doesn’t prefer to […]

Theeyal is a main food item during Onam

In the Onam festivity, feasting form the important traditions and culture. The grand feast of Onam is popularly known as Onasadya. It is a vital feature of the celebration. Each and every Malayalee household prepares nearly 13 to 15 curries for Onasadya. It is to be noted that many variations are more tastefully brought about […]

Coconut Chutney: an important side dish of Onasadya

Coconut is an integral part and parcel of Kerala and its keralites.  It is an important ingredient of all the dishes in Kerala. It is used even in vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Coconut sauce or ‘thenga chutney’ is the most popularly and regularly made coconut dishes. This dish can be used as a side dish […]