According to the Malayalam calendar, Onam festival is celebrated with pomp in South India in the Thiruvonam Nakshatra in the month of Chingam. This year Onam festival will be celebrated on 29 August 2023, Tuesday. According to religious beliefs, worshiping the Vaman Avatar form of Bhagwan Vishnu on this special day brings wealth and prosperity in life. At the same time, this emperor Mahabali comes again on earth to meet his subjects.
What is Onam Sadhya?
What is most special about the Onam festival is Sadhya which means feast. Sadhya covers traditional vegetarian Malayalam cuisine. 24 to 28 different types of salty sweet and sour food are served in the banana leaf. Let us know about this in more detail.
Only vegetarian dishes are served in Sadhya
All the dishes included in the Sadya Thali prepared on the occasion of Onam are completely vegetarian. Apart from being delicious, these flavors are also beneficial for health. Along with the variety, the names of these dishes are also very different. Sambar, Uperi, Sugar Varahi, Naranga Curry, Manga Curry, and Rasam are some of the must-try dishes served at Sadhya.
Sadhya is incomplete without this special chutney
A special type of chutney is definitely served in Sadhya. Without which the achievement is considered incomplete. This chutney is made from ginger and jaggery, which is called Engi curry. Along with this, rice, olan, kalan, chain i.e. suran curry, parippu curry, pachadi, pulussari, alissari, mor i.e. sour raita are also a part of this thali.
Coconut is used in vegetable
Avial’s vegetable is definitely included in the Sadhya Thali prepared on the occasion of Onam. Which is a mix vegetable, which is made with many types of green and seasonal vegetables. Apart from this, Cabbage (Toran) curry is also served on this plate. Coconut is used in different ways to make these vegetables.
Jaggery pudding is definitely included
Sweet dishes are also served in Sadhya Thali. Jaggery kheer is especially necessary, which is called payasam. This is also of 3 types. The Kheer made from white flour is called Palada, the Kheer made from wheat is called Godamba and the Kheer made from Arhar Dal is called Pazham. Apart from this, kheer of rice and vermicelli is also made, but jaggery is used instead of sugar.
The way of serving Sadhya is very different and special. Sadhya is served in a banana leaf only. It is a belief that Sadhya should eat sitting on the ground. According to ancient beliefs, eating food sitting cross-legged helps in proper digestion and also affects the body.
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