Friday, August 21, 2015

Kerala Onam Sadya Recipes - Onam Sadhya Lunch Menu

Onam Sadya Recipes
Onam Sadya Lunch Menu

Making Onam Sadya Recipes was my long time dream and I am happy that I could make it atleast this year.Each year I would stare at all the onam sadya pictures posted in FB,blogs but each year I could post only individual onam sadya recipes.This year I was so determined to make the full sadya lunch menu.....I slowly gained confidence after my friend Keerthi motivated me.When I said that I am planning to make the onam sadya this year, she called me and gave me tips which was very useful.

I never ever thought I could manage to cook such a wide spread of Kerala Cuisine all alone.Thanks to blogging which gives me confidence and shows the better side of me in cooking.Now guess who enjoyed this?! Its hubby who enjoyed each and every dish and said make it a habit for making such a spread for every Onam....grrrr. I am not a meals person so just had rice with my most favorites alone and gulped all the payasams :)

I have shared my experience to prepare Onam Sadya here , hope you find it useful :

First make a choice of dishes you are planning for Onam Sadya, then make a tobuy list don't forget to include everything including cashews, raisins and banana leaf.

Choru - Rice

Onam Sadya Lunch Menu

Preparation Time : 24 hrs | Cooking Time : 4 hrs | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pickles,Chips and Others MainSidedishes
Sharkara Upperi  Rice Kalan
Nendran Chips  Parippu Curry Olan
Instant Mango Pickle  Sambar Eriserry
Inji Puli  Rasam Aviyal
Moru  Moru Curry Beans Mezhukupuratti
 Mambazha Puliserry

Payasam Kootu Curry

Paruppu Pradhaman Cabbage Thoran

Ada Pradhaman Cucumber Kichadi

Paal Payasam Kootu Curry

 Pineapple Pachadi

Click the links above to get the full recipe in detail
Sambar Rasam Sides
I didn't want to take any shortcuts so made everything from scratch, only the ada I got readymade *sighhh*.

It took me 3 days in total including planning for the menu, buying groceries,vegetables and cooking the sadya.Though this is not the authentic way , I am giving tips which made my job easier.If you have some help and experience then you can cook the sadya on that day itself :)

  • Day 1 - Planning the menu, Shopping for groceries and vegetables required.
  • Day 2 - I made upperi,nendran banana chips, pickle and inji puli in the morning.Soaked the pulses early morning.Later evening grated coconut, boiled and kept the vegetables ready.As you can see I boiled the vegetables, cooled it completely then stored in dabbas and named them so that I don't forget the combinations.Except for ashgourd and pumpkin, I cooked all the vegetables including pulses.
  • Day 3 - Cooked the sadya menu and clicked :)
Veggie Sides1
Day 1 - 
  • If you can you can go in person to get the ingredients else send someone with a proper detailed list as I did :)
Day 2 - 
  • Early morning I soaked the pulses then finished the chips and pickles.
  • Took a quick nap then started around 7 PM in the evening with the preparations which included grating coconut,cutting and boiling vegetables(you can club vegetables which take same time to cook),extract coconut milk,cook the pulses etc.Use pressure cooker compartments if you have it.
  • Set aside to cool them completely then store in clean containers, label them and refrigerate it.
Veggie Sides2
Day 3 -
  • First take bath, chose to have a simple but filling breakfast which will keep you energised till you finish cooking the sadya.
  • The first thing I did was to grind coconut green chillies and cumin together in bulk as most dishes had the same base.
  • I started with Parippu Curry,Sambar,Rasam and Moru Curry.Then came to the veggie sidedishes, as most of my veggies were cooked my work got easier.
  • While the veggies were cooking, I kept the rice as my friend warned me as matta rice takes longer to cook.By now you would have got an hold and everything will fall in place.Initially it will look like its picking up slow but when you come to the veggies part, it will get over soon.
  • Finally came to the payasam part.At the time of serving fried the papads.
Chips Pickle Salt
And it took me around 30mins to serve the sadya in the banana leaf, cross check whether I have missed out anything then start with the photoshoot :)
Payasam, Mor
I just cooked for 2 which was sufficient for 4 of us to have a complete lunch and also had little leftover which I kept for the next day too.Remember the spread is wide, so plan for a smaller quantity while cooking.

Happy Onam!! :))

Onam Sadya Lunch Menu

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Incredible!Super awesome!Salute to Sharmi from the bottom of my heart for this tireless effort and determination :)

  2. superb pictures & a detailed explanation sharmi!! Loved this post.

  3. Sharmie.. very nice click on the sadya .. last year i did sadya by checking you recpie. This year also will follow the same. Getting tempted by seeing the pics. Keep rocking.

  4. Awesome effort! And I am sure it was difficult to decide what to cook and what not to cook. :)

  5. Awww appreciate your effort. The menu looks soo tempting.

  6. Hats off to you.. The whole sadya looks so good.. Beautiful clicks too..

  7. Wow excellent Sharmi!!! very very nice post and wonderful clicks too....

  8. Wow....awesome effort sharmi....appreciate the way you have planned and mentioned the instructions in detail...hats off to you...wonderful clicks as always

  9. hats off to you for the fantastic preparation and the documentation ..looks delightful and very inviting

  10. Sharmi you have missed Samabaran recipe in menu List,Please add yaar.

    1. I have already included its in the name of Moru :)

  11. woooowwwww,,,,, i must say you are a genius and dedicated to wat you r doing i m so moved infinite no of likes and claps to you....

  12. Professional Sharmi.First i wondered if i could make it but your intricate guidance helped me.May we can follow for other occasions too your planning.

  13. You've done a great job!!! Presentation is toooooo good!!! God bless you!!!!!! Happy Onam in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Sharmi.. just saw the post. Really inspiring post.want to try a mini sadya atleast this onam...great job!!!!

  15. With hard work such great results have been achieved, kudos, happy onam๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. am a silent reader of ur blog, Sharmi :-)) and this Onam sadya feast is mind blowing :-))

    Happy onam in advance to u and ur family !

  17. Very well spread! And well written too! The prep details are stunning. Please take time to visit my one year old blog

  18. omg!! this is awesome. I love eating sadya. hopefully will cook it too someday!

  19. Excellent!!! I can't believe you cooked all this alone. will surely try atleast some of them for the Ona Sadya this year. Really hats off to you for your dedication and hard work. Keep it up.

  20. wonderful sharmi,really i regret for not being a member of your household.congrats and my love to you

  21. Superb Sharmi!! Such a nice display and also excellent written texts for each of the vegetables and items

  22. This is the most inviting and informative post I have ever encountered on Onam! Thank you for making such a mouth watering treat available with the apt guide on 'whats what' in this lavish meal. Happy Onam to you and your family!

  23. Great effort!perfectly done!simply superb!

  24. Was badly missing Sadhya since we were unable to visit our friends this year due to son's exams.So went ahead and made a mini sadhya following your recipes...sambhar, rasam, aviyal, parippu curry, rice and poppadum...and also some rava kesari...thanks for sharing the recipes.Feeling better now, after relishing the sadhya ๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. Awesome and stunning sharmi. :)

  26. Great effort Sharmi....bookmarked the sadya recipes for next year. .

  27. Sema..... U r amazing...... Jus Luv ur efforts photographs recipes..... Be blessed.... How dedicated.... Excellent......


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