As I have mentioned before,a Sadya will have rice as the main entry,on one side of a fresh Vazhayila(banana leaf) with multiple curries on the other side of the leaf rib.Usually people start the sadya with Rice,Katti Parippu(Yellow moong dal curry) , ghee(clarified butter) n pappadam(round fritters made of Urad dal-available in Indian stores in US)..Here is the Parippu curry
..then its time to introduce Pulissery or Kurukku Kalan..
Pulissery is a thick gravy which has veggie pieces like Vellarikka( a type of cuccumber) n a coconut paste n yogurt as main ingredient.Kalan has yam,plantain n the same coconut paste n yogurt.Both the dishes has tempering as final touch..
..n some Mampazha Pulisseri also which has the sweet mango flavor in it..
..n also there is a long array of side dishes like Aviyal,kichadi,pachadi etc..But if you like to have lil Sambar also on top of rice,then here is it for you.Authentic Central Kerala Sambar...:)
..some Thoran is a must..Thoran is a preparation of grated/sliced veggies with grated coconuts n tempering..Here is the Cabbage Thoran..:)
..or some healthy Cheera thoran (Spinach thoran)..
..No Sadya is complete without Aviyal..Its a tasty mixed veg preparation with lots of colorful veggies and a coarse ground paste of coconut n chillies n cumin powder..:)
..Kichadi n Pachadi is also a main item for the Sadya..Kichadi’s are made with Okra,Bittergourd etc n Pachadi’s with Tomato,Pineapple/grapes,beets etc..Method of prepartion is more or less the same though..
Here is Okra Kichadi ..
..To digest all these tasty dishes n also to give your taste buds some spicy kick before the sweet payasam,some Rasam should be there..Its a kind of Dal soup..spicy n hearty..
..Also some spicy butter milk..Just pulse a cup of yogurt with half a cup water,a piece of ginger,3 green chillies,salt n 4-5 curry leaves..Spicy butter milk is ready..:)
..Yum..So thats the OnaSadya..Dont forget to serve with Achar’s(pickles),Injipuly(ginger curry..will post that soon),Upperi’s n Pappadam’s..:)
I wish you all a very joyful n amazing Onam..Enjoy with your loving one’s n ….
..eat, eat n eat to your tummy full..:)