Onam Sadya Recipes

A collection of sweet and savoury traditional recipes that will help you plan your Onam Sadya Menu.

Onam Sadya Recipes

Onam is fast approaching and if you are wondering how to plan your Onam Sadya menu then today’s post has the solution to your problem. Presenting Onam Sadya Recipes – A collection of sweet and savoury dishes that you can easily cook at home.

Before we being, let me share something about Onam.

The Festival of Onam is celebrated in a very grand way in Kerala. Keralites look forward to spending the week long festival with family and delicious food.

Since I am a Palakkad Iyer, we celebrate both Vishu (Tamil New Year) and Onam. Sadya or OnaSadya is something we all look forward to eating or rather stuffing ourselves with.

Sadya is a festive spread served on a banana leaf or plantain leaf. There are many varieties of food items served. Items range from sweets to savories made with fresh seasonal produce.

Sadya preparation starts a day earlier as vegetables need to be prepped, masalas need to be ground and since most of the items on the menu are coconut based, there is a lot of grating involved! Family members unite for this purpose and like I always believe – Food unites!

Before I share some of the recipes on the blog especially for Onam Sadya, let me share some information about the festival, in detail.

Note – You can skip this part and scroll below for the recipe list!

About Onam

Onam is a state festival of Kerala which falls in the Malayalam calender month of Chingam. It marks the summer harvest and is celebrated as one of the major annual event in Kerala.

The festivities include Vallam Kali (Boat race), PuliKali (Tiger dance), Pookkalam (Floral arrangements at homes), dance by woman folk and Sadya – the Festive Lunch.

Onam and Hindu Mythology

According to Hindu mythology, Onam is celebrated for Mahabali, who was the great great grandson of Sage Kashyapa, the great grandson of Hiranyakashipu and the grandson of Vishnu devotee Prahlada.

As you all know, Prahlada prayed to Lord Vishnu when Hiranyakashipu tries to kill him and Lord Vishnu appeared in his Narasimha Avatar (One of the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu) to slain Hiranyakashipu.

Prahlada’s grandson Mahabali came to power by defeating the gods, the Devas and taking over the three worlds.

Mahabali, after his victory over the gods, declared that he will perform Yajna and grant anyone any request during the Yajna. Vishnu took the avatar of a dwarf boy called Vamana and approached Mahabali. The king offered anything to the boy – gold, cows, elephants, villages, food, whatever he wished.

The boy said that one must not seek more than one needs, and all he needs is the property right over a piece of land that measures “three paces”. Mahabali agreed.

The Vamana grew and covered everything Mahabali ruled over in just two paces.

For the third pace, Mahabali offered himself, an act which Vishnu accepted as evidence of Mahabali’s devotion. Vishnu granted him a boon, by which Mahabali could visit again, once every year, the lands and people he previously ruled.

This revisit marks the festival of Onam, as a reminder of the virtuous rule and his humility in keeping his promise before Vishnu. The last day of Mahabali’s stay is remembered with a nine-course vegetarian Onasadya feast.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the festival and are now looking to try some recipes that you can easily cook at home with family for Onam.

Recipes for Onam Sadya Menu

Please note that plain Steamed Rice is served for all 3 courses.

THORAN RECIPES – Dry Sabzi or Veg to be served with rice and Sambar or Rasam.

Beetroot Thoran

Beetroot Thoran

Beans Carrot Thoran

Beans Carrot Thoran

Pacha Payar Thoran

Cabbage Poriyal

Cabbage Poriyal

SAMBAR AND RASAM (to be served with Rice)

Drumstick Sambar or Murungakkai Sambar

Pineapple Rasam

Pineapple Rasam Step by step recipe
South Indian Pineapple Rasam Recipe

Lemon Rasam

SIDE DISH (to be served along with dry veg or thoran)

Avial (Mixed Veg)

Pineapple Pachadi

Pineapple Pachadi Recipe
Kerala Style Pineapple Pachadi Recipe for Sadya Meals

Mambazha Pulissery

Mambazha Pulissery - Ripe Mango Curry

Carrot Pachadi (with curd)

Carrot Raita Recipe

Tomato Pachadi (with curd)

tomato Raita or Pachadi recipe

Condiments (Pickles etc)

Narthangai Pickle (Citron Pickle)

Narthangai Pickle

Puli Inji (A must for Sadya)

Puli Inji Recipe with Step by step pics

DESSERT

Pal Payasam

Nendram Pazham Pradhaman (Banana kheer with coconut milk)

Along with the recipes I have stated above, there are few other things which make it on the Onam Sadya Menu. They are Banana Chips (3 varieties – Sweet, 3 cut and sliced), Jackfruit chips or Chakka Chips are also served.

These items are usually store bought. Papadam is also fried and served along with chips.

Do not forget the hour long nap after this delicious meal. It is mandatory, or so I believe!

This post was first published in Masalachilli on 1st September 2017. I have updated the blog post with fresh content.

Information about the Festival and Mythology related info from Wikipedia.

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Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Aruna

    I am drooling over all the pics, especially the Mango Thokku.

  2. Megala

    Great festival ! Amazing array of goodies !!

  3. InspiresN

    I love Onam too being a Keralite, especially for the wonderful yummy food sadya and the flower carpet!! great share and awesome rescipes!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you so much. Yes we look forward to Sadya at home too. Amazing array of veggies & poppadams / appalams.

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