Now we all know that the Kerala influence in a part of Mangalapuram… oooops we meant Mangalore! Yes, that’s right. Mangalore has umpteen number of Keralites and that’s not exactly a bad thing. Why? Because since they are here, there are lots of Kerala food joints.
Coming to Onam, it is the Super bowl of food. So what exactly is Onam? Onam is an ancient festival which still survives in modern times. Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the Festival of Rain Flowers, which fall on the month of Chingam, celebrate the Asura King Mahabali‘s annual visit from Patala (the underworld).
Now the huge Thali eaten from a Banana leaf is called Onam Sadhya. The sadhya is usually served for lunch. Preparations begin the night before, and the dishes are prepared before ten o’ clock in the morning on the day of the celebration. On many occasions, sadhya is served on tables, as people no longer find it convenient to sit on the floor.
Traditionally, the people of the neighborhood spent the night helping the cooks in cooking. They also volunteer to serve the food for the hosts to the guests. This involves a fair amount of social interaction which helps build rapport with the neighbors.
Sadhya is served in Pankthi (sanskrit) – panti in malayalam – meaning in lines or rounds where sets of people are served in sitting lines, on the floor earlier, now on benches and desks. There can be many Pankti’s depending upon total size of the crowd and the capacity of the place. The hosts normally sit only during the last pankti.
In Sadhya – the meals are served on Banana leaf. It is folded and closed once the meal is finished. Closing the leaf away from you signify – complete satisfaction with the food and closing it towards you would mean a signal to the cooks that it needs improvement.
Luckily for us in Mangalore, we have Hotel Prestige who have been bringing to us the authentic Onam Sadhya every year and this is their 10th Glorious Year. This year they are going to have 24 items and they are as follows:
- SARKARA UPPERI ( SWEET BANANA CHIPS )
- ETHAKA CHIPS ( BANANA CHIPS )
- MANGA ACHAR (MANGO PICKLE)
- NARANGA ACHAR (LIME PICKLE)
- PULI INCHI (GINGER PICKLE)
- AVIYAL (MIX VEG) SEMI GRAVY
- ERESSERY(YAM, BLACK GRAMDAL, BANANA) SEMIGRAVY
- OOLAN ( PUMPKIN, RAW BANANA ) SEMI GRAVY
- KOOTU CURRY ( RED GRAM )
- PACHADI ( PUMPKIN, DAHI CUDDY ) SEMI GRAVY
- THORAN (CABBAGE DRY)
- CHORE ( BOILED/ WHITE RICE )
- NEYYU ( GHEE )
- PARIPPU (DAL)
- PAPPADAM ( PAPAD )
- KALAN ( YAM, BANANA ) THICK GRAVY
- MOR ( BUTTER MILK )
- PAZHAM ( FRESH BANANA )
- PARIPPU PRATHAMAN ( GREEN GRAM DAL, JAGGERY )
- PALADA PRATHAMAN ( ADA, MILK )
- SEMIYA PAYASAM ( VERMICELLI, MILK )
This grand Thali will cost you just Rs. 280 /-. So what are you waiting for? Let’s make this 28th large!
Here’s wishing all our Hungry Keralites a very happy and prosperous Onam!
Stay Hungry! Stay Happy!