Enjoy an Onam Sadhya in Mumbai. Photo: India Food Network
Onam is on Wednesday, and we're planning to go town hopping for the perfect Sadhya. A feast of sorts, it is a traditional vegetarian meal served on a banana leaf in most Malayali homes on this festive day.
Parippu(dal), an assortment of side dishes like kalan, veggies cooked in a yoghurt-based curry; olan, a mild coconut-based curry made with pumpkin and a certain variety of beans; pachadi, a raita-like accompaniment, sambharand kootucurry, which is prepared using yam and raw green plantain and black chaana are just some of the highlights.
To be eaten with plain rice, a Sadhya is not complete without a variety of pickles, banana chips and a serving of payasamand pappadam (kheer and papad) in the end.
If you live in Mumbai, and not a Malayali (or don't have a friend from God's Own Country), there is hope.
These Malayali restaurants in the city are serving the traditional festive meal (yes, on a banana leaf!) for all you food lovers.
Hotel Sunny @ Chembur: Known for traditional Malayali food, Hotel Sunny will be serving the Onam Sadhya on Wednesday from 12.30 PM. Prior booking may be required.
Price: Rs. 650
Rice Boat @ Bandra East: Quite tricky to find this place (trust Google maps on this), go to Rice Boat to eat their Sadhya tomorrow. In fact, it is not restricted to a festival day and you can order it daily. No reservation is required.
Price: Rs. 800
Hotel Deluxe @ Fort: Situated in a bylane behind the Standard Charted Bank in Fort, Hotel Deluxe will serve Onam Sadhya tomorrow from 11.30 am onwards.
Price: Rs. 400
Just Kerala @ Andheri East: If you are planning to sit down for a Sadhya tomorrow at Just Kerala, you got to make the payment today! They will not accept payments through online transfer though, which means you will have to drop by at the restaurant today for a spot tomorrow.
Price: Rs 650
Taste of Kerala @ Fort: A hole-in-the-wall place, be ready to stand in a queue tomorrow to eat the Sadhya. They are not taking reservations so be there by 11 am.