Onam, the state harvest festival of Kerala, which falls in August / September has two specific significances. Firstly, it is the celebration of past history as enunciated in the Mahabali legend – Malayalees believe that on Onam day, the king visits his subjects. It is also the celebration of the harvest season.
Onam is celebrated with traditional fervour and merrymaking with folk games, family get-togethers, gifting of clothes called Onakkodi. Thiruvathira kali is a dance form performed at the time of Onam. Flowers are arranged decoratively on the floor and clay models of the family of Mahabali are placed in the house to welcome him.
The grand lunch on Thiuruvonam is called the Onasadya.There is a saying in Malayalam, "Kanam Vittum Onam Unnanam" which means "We should have the Thiruvonam lunch even if we have to sell all our properties" . This gives you an idea of the importance of the feast for Keralites.
We bring you a cornucopia of mouth watering recipes, all pertaining to this grand festival of Onam. Enjoy not only the process of recreating these time-tested dishes but also the very delicious consuming of it!
The recipes range from starters like sarkarapurattis to desserts like payasams and thereby cover an astonishingly wide range of scrumptious vegetarian dishes! Just a click away...