Kerala Style Sadya

Sadya means a grand feast which is served on auspicious occasions across South India. A Sadya consists of rice as the main course, served with at least 3 types of curries (commonly named as ‘Ozhichu Koottan’) and a number of side dishes (aka. Thodu currykal). Freshly prepared pickles accompanied by fried items like Pappad and banana chips are another speciality of a sadya. In olden days, pappad was part of luxury and was only available at festival season to serve during Sadya. The real speciality of a sadya is the dessert that is served. Which is none other than Payasam/Prathaman.

A sadya is prepared for festivals like, Vishu (New Year day of the Sanskrit Calender Year), Thiruvonam day of Onam season in the month of ‘Chingam’ (the harvest festival season of Kerala) and for occasions like Marriage functions and so on….

As we are discussing about sadya in the season of Onam, let us elaborate about Onam and Onasadya. The Thiruvonam day of the month Chingam, is believed to be the day on which, the emperor Mahabali is granted a chance to visit his kingdom Kerala, once a year. The feast is actually prepared to welcome Mahabali and also toplease Vamana, the 5th avatar of lord Vishnu.

Onasadya is actually prepared as part of the festival, to celebrate the successful harvest in the season, after going through the hard time of floods in monsoon. Onasadya is rich with a number of traditional dishes and has a particular order while serving.

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Kerala Style Sadya

Kerala(palakkad)

see the dishes

180 minutes

Preparation

Let us prepare the Onasadya platter!!!

Order of serving

  • A table spoon full of the special paayasam is served first which serves two purposes. 1) a sweet should be the first thing to be served in a feast. 2) you have to taste the special prathaman first so that you may leave enough space in your tummy to have a generous amount of the same towards the end of sadya. Palada Payasam will be malayalees most favourite of all Prathamans.
  • Kichadi which is a mildly spiced dish is the second one to serve for a sadya. It is actually a good combination to ‘rice mixed with dal and ghee’. Dal-ghee-rice mixture is usually the starter course of a sadya. The flavoured taste of ‘Ladies finger Kichadi’ will be our preference on this season of Onam.
  • Pachadi should be served next. It is a sweet and spicy side which can usually go with Dal-ghee-rice and pappad. It is also great with curd rice which is the concluding course of the sadya. It would be the end of mango season and a mango pachadi will be something easy to prepare too
Palada Pradhaman
Palada Pradhaman

Any sadya, especially the famous Onasadya , is a grant harvest feast of Kerala and a Pradhaman is the highlight of the feast.

Ladies Finger Kichadi
Ladies Finger Kichadi

Kichadi is an unavoidable dish and the first served dish in Kerala sadya.

Mambazha Pachadi
Mambazha Pachadi

Mampazha pachadi, is a sweet and sour delicacy, prepared using ripened mangoes with added sweetness and a dash of spicy chilli.

  • Erissery comes next on the raw of serving and is a great combination to sambar rice, which is the second course of the sadya. You can have pappad to accompany this superb combination. Pumpkin erissery will be a good choice for the occasion
  • Kalan is served as a combination to both sambar rice the second course and rasam rice the third one. You can prepare Kalan on the previous day itself for its better taste and easiness.
  • The Kerala special veggie rich aviyal is followed. This can be taken with sambar rice, rasam rice or even just rice and aviyal on a sadya.
Mathanga Erissery
Mathanga Erissery

Erissery is an all-time favourite item in Kerala and several types of Erisseris are known. Of these, an easy-to-prepare erisseri is green gram-pumpkin erissery.

Kalan
Kalan

A traditional kerala dish, unavoidable serve in mid and north kerala feasts. It is a thick curry and can be stored without refrigeration for up to 3 days.

Aviyal
Aviyal

Aviyal is a traditional Kerala dish and has an unavoidable place in any feast normally known as Sadya. It is also a favourite dish among all South Indians.

  • Thoran, the easy to prepare cabbage thoran will be great to serve on a sadya and you may enjoy it with sambar rice, rasam ice or the fourth course of curd rice too.
  • Now pickles are served, accompanied by a pappad a few number of chips and a piece of sweet chips which is usually sharkara varatti (banana chips covered with Jaggery and dry ginger).
  • This is the time to serve a generous amount of rice. We have to separate a small amount of rice from this to mix with dal and ghee. Dal is cooked and mashed mildly salted thoor dal. As said before this first course can be enjoyed with kichadi, pachadi and a piece of pappad.
  • After the first course, to the remaining rice, pour a good amount of hot and spicy sambar and savour its deliciousness with some erissery, kalan , aviyal and thoran. And few bites of pappad can complete the course.
  • Its time to get a second serve of an average amount of rice. Pour rasam to it and have it with, kalan, aviyal and thoran. To have some crunch finish it off with pappad and the chips. Leave a few pieces of chip to the next one too.
  • Perfect timing for the sweet generosity of Prathaman again. Yes. Enjoy prathaman to its fullest and feel its yummm…. want to get something salty after the sweetness?... yeah, there you go with the remaining chips.
  • Its time to conclude your sadya with rice and not-so-sour curd. Enjoy every remaining curry with curd rice and just clean your platter off….
Cabbage Thoran
Cabbage Thoran

Cabbage thoran is a Kerala style, regular home and feast dish. It is easy to cook, especially if you are expecting guests and have to cook a pretty good amount.

Instant Cut Mango Pickle
Instant Cut Mango Pickle

For Keralites, their favourite pickle is, cut mango pickle, where, you have chopped mangoes, pickled in beautiful red bran with its irresistible aroma.

Sambar
Sambar

Sambar a disch which is rich with vegetables, dal and spices and is best to go with rice and Tamil breakfast dishes like idli, dosa, pongal etc.



This is only a general description and combination of sadya. But enjoy it as you wish to….

Wishing you all healthy and prosperous life….
Yours Lakshmi

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