Can’t Find Your Onam Sadya? Here’s How to DIY at Home

How to make the Onam sadya at home instead of making a sad face and missing out on it.

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The traditional Onam sadya consists of over 30 dishes ranging from curries, vegetables, pickles and sweets. (Photo courtesy:

If you haven’t been able to book a place at the nearest Kerala restaurant for your Onam sadya, popular food blogger Nandita Iyer has a solution for you. Iyer brings you 9 easy-peasy recipes that you can cook up for your very own sadya at home.

Take a look at this DIY list of sadya dishes that you can cook up at home. Of course you must first make sure you have a banana leaf to have this feast in, else there is zimbly no point in having an Onam sadya at all!

Kerala Parippu Curry

A yellow moong dal preparation flavoured with the standard coconut-cumin-green chilli paste, an absolute MUST have in your Onam Sadya.

Check out the recipe here.

Cabbage Thoran

A light stir fry of cabbage flavoured with shallots and the coconut-cumin-chili mix

Check out the recipe here.

Kerala Sambar

Always with a healthy mix of vegetables, the flavour of coconut oil and a garnish of tempered shallots

Check out the recipe here.

Moru Curry

On the Tamil side of the border, this is better known as Moar Kuzhambu. There is of course a slight difference in the way it is made and therefore in the taste.

Check out the recipe here.

Pumpkin Erissery

A type of ‘kootu’ prepared using pumpkin and cowpeas, mashed together with a freshly ground spice paste and a garnish of fragrant browned coconut.

Check out the recipe here.


There are many ways to prepare avial. A dry preparation is had an a side while the one with more ‘juice’ is mixed with rice. In the Kerala Onam Sadya, the preparation is quite dry.

Check out the recipe here.

Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti

A stir fry prepared either with starchy vegetables like plantain / yam / potato / Chinese potato, or leafy greens.

Check out the recipe here.

Kerala Style Beet Pachadi

A stew of beetroot and yogurt with its own freshly ground spice paste

Check out the recipe here.

Ginger Tamarind Chutney

This lip-smacking instant pickle that is the perfect balance of spicy-sweet-sour and salty will have you salivating for more.

Check out the recipe here.

Now, just make sure you know where to place it on the banana leaf and you are ready to go!

Onam sadya. (Photo courtesy: Pinterest)
Onam sadya. (Photo courtesy: Pinterest)

(This story was first published on 14 September 2016. As Malayalees celebrate Onam this week, this story has been reposted from The Quint’s archives.)

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