Relish the Kerala Sadhya

Binu Krishnan Thiruvanthampuram The sadhya of Kerala is a traditional vegetarian feast served on plantain leaves during weddings, festivals such as Onam, and other special occasions. Although a normal sadhya usually comprises up to 25 dishes served as a single course, an elaborate feast may have as many as 60 items. Highly recommended!

Traditionally served for lunch on a banana leaf, the sadhya (banquet/feast) is an elaborate preparation and makes for a wonderful sight – bursting with freshness of colour and rich, earthy flavours.

The sadhya’s main component is kutthari, the semi-polished brown rice of Kerala. Olan is a preparation of white gourd and coconut milk, seasoned with ginger and coconut oil. Rasam, much like a soup, is made primarily of tamarind, tomatoes, and hot spices like black pepper and chili pepper, asafoetida, coriander etc. Puli inji is one of the star dishes and is a fabulous combination of sweet, sour, and spice, made with crushed ginger and green chillies added to tamarind. Pachadi is generally made with sliced ash gourd (or one can use pineapple, grapes etc.) that is added to a gravy of coconut ground with mustard and green chillies. The ubiquitous Sambar is one of the essentials...

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