DELHI’S TAKE ON ONAM SADHYA
By Ritika Dhawan
Its this time of the year again, when festivities, colours, feasts and culture take over Delhi. Every festival irrespective of the religion associated with it, is celebrated with enthusiasm and fanfare. It becomes difficult to define the culture of Delhi.
Just around the corner is Onam, a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala, India. On 28th August, Friday, not only Kerala but also Delhi will immerse in the beauty of the cultural elements of Onam. An indispensible part of this ten day long festival is the OnamSadhya ;sadhya means feast. A banquet of pure vegetarian dishes served on a banana leaf which is folded and closed once the meal is finished. Closing the leaf towards one self signifies complete satisfaction with the food. The usual items served in this wholesome and hearty meal areand yogurt Rice,Banana and Jaggery Chips, Sambar-a thick gravy made of lentils flavoured with traditional mild spices and tamarind, Aviyal-a thick mixture of various vegetables, and coconut seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves, Olan-a preparation of pumpkin, coconut milk, and ginger seasoned with coconut oil, Kaalan- yam flavoured with coconut and yogurt and traditional condiments like Achaar-pickle, Puliyinchi-a paste made of ginger, tamarind, green chilies, and jaggery, followed by Pappadam- lentil flour crisps and desserts like Prathaman and Payasams.
If you are wondering where you can steal a taste of this lavish yet traditional feast, here is a list of places in Delhi that are serving authentic OnamSadhya.
28th August 2015
- The Toddy Shop at My Square, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi (12pm to 4pm)
- Kerala House, 3, JantarMantar Road, New Delhi (on 27th, 28th and 30th)
- Kerala Express, Lower Ground Floor, Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi (12:30pm onwards)
29th August 2015
- Mahabelly, MA A-05, Restaurant Block, DLF Place Mall, Saket, New Delhi, India