Onam celebration translates to Onasadya (or sadya) feast, which is a vegetarian meal with a wide variety of dishes served on a fresh plantain leaf. The words diet, calories and weight loss will be but forgotten as every Malayalee looks forward to this meal.
And, for those who want to get a taste of Kerala away from their home, city hotels have lined up a grand sadya.
Kairali Hotel in Vashi will not fail to satisfy its patrons this year as it will be having sadya meal today and tomorrow. While today there will be limited items with a few dishes missing, tomorrow the platter will be filled with all the 28 dishes. “There always is a heavy rush during Onam with over 1,000 customers coming in, so we also have a parcel service for a minimum of 10 members and all the 28 items will be packaged in plastic boxes,” said Hari, the hotel manager.
Four Points by Sheraton has organised a grand Onam buffet with an aim to cater to non-Keralites also. “I have prepared a menu with those Kerala dishes, that are made in the traditional way but will suit the taste of Mumbai crowd as well,” said executive chef, Mukul Jha who has spent three years in Kerala, thereby having a good knowledge of the Onasadya. “The Mambazha Payasam, Erissery Pumpkin, Beetroot Thoran among others, will be a hit among non-Keralites also,” Jha said.
The Kerala House in Vashi will be another stop for a delectable meal for those fortunate people who booked early. “Every year the bookings start early for the Onasadya. This year, bookings for the sadya meal began on September 1 and have already closed with around 200 people. There will be 25 items this year including Aviyal, Kootucurry, Pachadi, Kichadi and many more,” said the hotel assistant.
With 30 items on its platter, Sanjo Hotel in Seawoods expects a good crowd this year even though the price per meal has been upped. “This year, the price has been increased due to various reasons but I am quite sure that people will pour in at the restaurant as always because Onam is our only festival that is always celebrated grandly. Already we have got around 100 advance orders,” said Sajan Ouseth, owner.