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Onam Sadhya 2020 Recipe Photos: From Authentic Pachadi to Mouth-Watering Payasam, Here’s the List of Special Foods Made on Thiruvonam and Easy Cooking Tutorial Videos

Happy Onam! The celebration of Onam aka Thiruvonam is incomplete without the elaborate feast of Onam Sadhya. It is a huge spread that Malayalis prepare to celebrate Onam and feast.  The annual harvest festival of Kerala, Onam puts everyone’s spirit of festivities super high. From religious rituals to marvellous decorations, Kerala primarily celebrates this beautiful festival.  On this day it is a ritual to prepare the traditional Onam Sadhya. The preparations of the celebrations begin ten days before the festival of Onam in Kerala. The whole house is decorated with flowers. An idol of Lord Vishnu is placed in every house on a ninth day and are worshipped.

The sadhya traditionally comprises of 26 or more vegetarian dishes, and is served on a banana leaf. The entire gathering includes upperi and sharkara varatti followed by all the other dishes, rice and ending with payasam as dessert. Food is served in Kadali leaves. Apart from this, ‘Pachadi-Pachadi Kallam, Ollam, Dawa, Ghee, Sambar’ are also made. Papad and banana chips are made. Milk pudding has special importance. Actually, all these culinary delicacies reflect the superiority of cooking of Nimboodri Brahmins and play an important role in the expansion of their culture. It is said that eighteen types of milk dishes are made in Kerala. Many types of pulses like moong and gram flour are also used in these dishes.  From Payasam to Avial, Here’s How You Can Make Delicious Onam Dishes At Home!

List of Special Foods Made For Onam Sadhya

  • Kaaya varuthatha (Kerala style banana chips)
  • Sarkara upperi (Banana chips with jaggery)
  • Chena varuthatha (Yam chips),
  • Pickles (mango and lime)
  • puli inji (tamarind & ginger chutney)
  • Kichadi
  • Pachadi ( Mix of Pineapple in yoghurt)
  • Olan ( ash gourd with black beans in a coconut milk gravy)
  • Vegetables (stir fried)
  • Theeyal (mixed veg)
  • Avial (mixture of 13 vegetables)
  • Erissery in coconut gravy
  • Puliserry
  • Kootu (black chickpeas curry)
  • Sambar
  • Rasam
  • Spiced buttermilk
  • Bananas
  • Papad
  • Rice

Let’s celebrate Onam 2020 with the recipe of top five traditional delicious Sadhya item list that Malayalis prepare to celebrate the harvest.


Everyone’s favourite spicy veggies mixed with dal is called Sambar. The Onam food table is incomplete without sambar. Vegetables like beans, potatoes, yam and drumsticks are added to this spicy mix. The Malayalis preparation for Sambar is a little different from the regular South Indian style. Check out recipe tutorial:


Another very special Onam recipe is Kaalan. It is made with thick, creamy yoghurt. It is a delicious fusion of coconut and various vegetables. Check easy recipe tutorial:


Onam celebration is incomplete without Pachadi. This delicious food item can be made in various ways.  Bottle gourd or yellow cucumbers or even pumpkin are used to make this dish with a tempering aka tadka of mustard seeds, cumin, red chillies and curry leaves. Check out the video tutorial:


Olan is made of pumpkin and pulses with coconut milk as its base. The dish is an accurate balance to rice and other curries. It might taste too plain for people who opt for more spicy flavours. This is the reason, Olan is meant to be had in combination with other dishes.


The final—a sweet dish made with milk, dry fruits and rice. Served during the end of every meal, Payasam is the delicious desert, perfect to balance all the spices.

These are the top dishes that people indulge in during the harvest festival. Onam Sadhya is enjoyed without any cutlery and is eaten while sitting on the floor. These recipes compliment plain rice well. Try out these Onam Sadhya dishes and make the festival even more special.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 21, 2020 02:17 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).

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