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Written By Kottayam Kitchen on Friday, September 1, 2017 | September 01, 2017


Onam is the grant feastival of Kerala.Every year Onam is celebrated in the first  month of Chingam,(in Malayalam calender),Thiruvonam nakshatram.Its the harvest festival of Kerala showing the homecoming of ancient King Mahabali(Maveli).Its a traditional festival rich in culture and heritage.People welcome Mahabali with floral arrangements infront of their house and make grant feast called Onam Sadhya meaning banquet.Its a Hindu festival but now a days its celebrating all over Kerala inspite of any caste or religion.Also there are some variations in Sadhya curry recipes in Kerala from North to South.Onam Sadhya is mainly pure vegetarian meal but in Northern Kerala Non veg curries are also preparing for Onam Sadhya.Its served in long banana leaves and have certain criterias and orders for serving the curry in the banana leaf for Onam Sadhya.So lets see the preparation methods of each curries in the grant meal.

Like all buffets or parties,here also we have apetizers,main course and finally the dessert called Payasam.Inji curry is a good apetizer and don't finish Olan in one strech.Taste Olan in between having each curry,It differentiates the taste of each vegetarian curries.Also finally have a glass of seasoned buttermilk for better digestion.

Dishes for Onasadya
  1. Jaggery chips(Sharkkaravaratty)
  2. Banana chips
  3. Ginger pickle
  4. Mango pickle 
  5. Lemon pickle
  6. Inji puli / Puli inji
  7. Kichadi
  8. Olan
  9. Pachadi
  10. Kootucurry/Erissery
  11. Thoran
  12. Aviyal
  13. Rice
  14. Moongdal / Parippu curry
  15. Sambar
  16. Pulissery / Kalan
  17. Rasam
  18. Sambharam / Buttermilk
  19. Ada pradhaman
  20. Pal payasam
  21. Cheru pazham
  22. Pappadam

How to make sadhya for 10 adults.

Prepare 1.5 Kg Matta rice for 10.Here is the list of curry for sadhya.

6.Puli Inji

Ingredients needed

1.Coconut oil - 3 Tsp
2.Mustard - 1 Tsp
3.Dried red chilli - 3
4.Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
5.Ginger finely chopped - 1 cup
6.Green chilli finely chopped - 1/4 cup
7.Tamarind - 1 small ball
8.Kayam - 1 small spoon
9.Jaggery - 1 small piece
10.Chilli powder - 1 Tsp
11.Turmeric powder - 1/4 Tsp
12.Fenugreek powder - 1/4 Tsp

  • In a heavy bottom pan,seasoned items 1,2,3,4.To the same pan add chopped ginger and green chilli and fry it.
  • When Ginger becomes light brown add strained Tamarind water and Add Kayam,jaggery,chilli and turmeric powder and allow to boil.
  • When it becomes thick,swich off the flame and add fenugreek powder,and mix.
You can also see another easy method for preparing Inji curry in this below link which is the most popular recipe of my blog


7.Parippu curry

Ingredients needed

1.splited Moong dal(cherupayar parippe)- 1 cup
2.salt & water - as needed
   dried red chilli - 1
3.Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
    cumin - 1/4 Tsp
4.Coconut oil - 1 Tb sp
5.Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
6.Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
7.Ghee - as needed


  • In a heavy bottom pan,dry roast dal and them wash and clean it.In a pressure cooker,add these cleaned dal and items #2 in the list and cook for 2 -3 whistle.
  • Meanwhile Grind coconut with cumin and make a thick paste.Add this coconut paste to the cooked dal and bring to boil.
  • Switch off the flame add the seasonings.
  • Serve with ghee.
  • In some area,people also add tomato along with dal for a better taste and colour.

Ingredients needed

1.Toor dal - 1 cup
2.Potato - 1 large or 2 medium
   Onion - 1 half 
3.Coconut oil - 50 ml(1/4 cup)
4.Ladies finger(okra)- 100 gm (4 nos)
   Drumstick - 50 gm (2-3)
   Tomato - 2
5.Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp
   Chilli powder - 1/2 Tsp
   Coriander powder- 1 Tsp
6.Tamarind - 1 gooseberry size
7.salt & water - as needed
8.Kayam - 1/4 Tsp
9.Fenugreek powder - 1/4 Tsp
10.Mustard - 1 tsp
     Dried red chilli - 5
11.Cilantro - 2 sprigs
12.Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  • In a  heavy bottom pan,boil enough water and add cleaned dal.
  • When dal starts cooking add cubed potato and onion and cook together.
  • In another pan,add coconut oil,then add ladies finger,tomato slices and drum stick,shallow fry and add all masala powders and add this mix to the dal mixture.
  • Add strained tamarind juice,salt,water and hing to the whole mixture and allow to boil.
  • When the gravy becomes thick,switch off the flame and keep aside the pan and add fenugreek powder.
  • Add the tempering(seasoned in coconut oil) to the sambar. You also add sliced shallots in tempering mix for extra flavor.
  • Add cilantro, curry leaves and remaining coconut oil and mix everything.
  • Serve with rice or even with idli or dosa.
You can see this recipe in my blog using this below link



Ingredients needed

1. Curd - 2 cup
2. Elephant yam chopped - 1/4 cup
    Green plantain - 1/4 cup
    Curry leaves - 4 sprigs
    Green chilli - splited 5-6
    Turmeric powder - 1/4 Tsp
     Chilli powder - 1/4 Tsp
    Pepper powder - 1/4 Tsp
    Salt & water - as needed
3.Grated coconut - 1 half coconut
4.cumin - 1/4 Tsp
5.Mustard - 1/2 Tsp
   Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
6.Fenugreek powder - 1 pinch

  • In a pressure cooker,cook the ingredients listed as #2  together.
  • After cooking,if water is excess ,cook without lid and makes it dry.
  • Add beaten curd to this mixture and stir continuiously to avoid spliting of curd.
  • When it becomes thick,add coconut cumin paste to the curd mix and cook in low flame by continuous stirring.
  • When it started boiling,add the seasonings and swich off the flame
  • When it becomes cool,add dried fenugreek powder.
  • If the curd is too sour,add 1 Tsp sugar.
You can see another easy recipe in the below link


  Main curry for any sadhya.You can see the recipe and ingredient list in the below link


12.Okra(Ladies finger) kichadi

Click this link for detailed recipe

13. Apple pachadi (Fruit Pachadi)


Click the link for more detailed recipe;http://kottayamkitchen.blogspot.com/2015/02/apple-pachadi-recipe.html

14.Beetroot Kichadi

Click the link for more detailed recipe

15. Cucumber(Vellarika Pachadi)

click the link for more detailed  recipe
16.Pumpkin(Mathanga) Erissery for sadhya

Click the link for detailed recipe

17.Koottu curry

Click the link for more detaile recipe


18.Pineapple pachadi




Click the link for more deatiled and easy method for pulissery

20.Lemon Pickle


21.Mango(Kadumanga Achar)



22.Semiya payasam


23.Ada Pradhaman


24.Gothambu payasam

These are list of curries for onasadhya.

I dont have the recipe link for Olan and parippu curry.I will update this post ASAP.
Also you can prepare any suitable Thoran according to your vegetables priority.

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Have a wonderful Onam my readers

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