Last Onam I made a grand Sadya Lunch & invited my friends & some of the girls I know here in Austin. It was so much fun to cook for almost 10 people.
Sadya is a variety of pure vegetarian dishes traditionally served on a banana leaf in Kerala, India. Sadhya means banquet in Malayalam. It is a feast prepared mainly by men, especially when needed in large quantities, for weddings and other special events. During a traditional Sadhya celebration people are seated cross-legged on mats. Food is eaten with the right hand, without cutlery. The fingers are cupped to form a ladle. A normal Sadhya can have about 24-28 dishes served as a single course. In cases where it is a much larger one it can over 64 items in a in a Sadya like the Sadya for Aranmula Boatrace (Valla Sadhya).
The main dish is plain boiled rice, served along with other dishes collectively called Kootan (കൂട്ടാന്) which include curries likeParippu, Sambar, Rasam, Pulisseri and others like Kaalan, Avial, Thoran, Olan, Pachadi, Mango pickle, Naranga curry, as well asPapadum, Banana, plain Yogurt or Buttermilk, and plantain chips. The traditional dessert called Payasam served at the end of the meal is of many kinds and usually three or more are served. The 'Kootan' are made with different vegetables and have different flavours; some say the reason for including so many dishes in the Sadhya is to ensure that the diners will like at least two or three dishes. (Source Wikipedia) To know more about Sadya click on this link
Most of the Onam Sadya dishes have similar ingredients & same method of cooking. Once you chop & keep all the ingredients ready, making sadya is very easy. You will need lots of grated coconut, curry leaves & coconut oil .
Here is the first Onam dish I am sharing "Aviyal " It is a dish that originated in the . As the name indicates, aviyal is a 'mixture' of vegetables cooked with . Aviyal has its own variations in different parts of and . It is usually had with rice and is one of the main for any traditional special occasions. This is one of my Fav Kerala recipes. I make this dish atleast twice a month. For best results always make Keralal recipes with Coconut Oil. For Aviyal coconut oil is the must.
Serves: 8 people for Sadya
Making time: 30 - 40 minutes