Lavish meals are the norm in Kerala and typically, a Sadhya multi-course Vegetarian meal is served on a banana leaf on Onam, the annual harvest festival in Kerala. Fret not, if you are away from Kerala, this Onam. Several places in Mumbai offer you a spread. Others may not have the complete Sadhya experience on offer, but serve special dishes aplenty. The traditional meal, typically including at least ten dishes, is savoured using one’s right hand and comprises delicately flavoured vegetables with the famed spices, apart from rice. Sambar, parippukari with ghee, pachadi, aviyal, puliyan, kuttukari, Kalan, Injikkari, rasam, pappadam, pickle, raita, jackfruit or banana chips, payasam, are must inclusions in this meal. Head to these 5 places :
- Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai, Sahar
Celebrate the spirit of Kerala at The Leela Mumbai, with a special Onam Menu at Jamavar, from Sept 11-13th for dinner. With a spread of regional specialities and local favourites, begin your meal by sipping on Kozhi Rasam or Pineapple Rasam. Take your pick from an assortment of classic appetizers like Meen Porichathu, Karuvepilla Prawn, Erachi Vada, Chicken Arikaduka, Spicy Kara Appam, Vazhakumbu Cutlet.The main course features dishes like Kannur Fish Curry, Malabar Mutton Curry, Kozhi Mallimelagu Curry , Travancore prawn curry, Muringaka Ulli Theeyal, Relish these signature creations with Chamba Rice, Appam or Malabar Parotha. End on a sweet note with Parippu Prathaman and Pal Payasam.
- Just Kerala, Andheri East
Enjoy 25 flavourful Keralite dishes all in one Sadhya this Onam as part of the elaborate Sadhya. At Rs 800 per head, relish a special meal on September 11 for lunch only and be assured, your taste buds will be left craving for more. From papadam bhajiya to Kadala curry and beetroot pachadi to Veg kurma, expect a roller-coaster ride of flavours.
- Nambiar’s Kerala Litchen, Juhu
Step into this no-frills eatery this Onam and enjoy an authentic home-style meal fro Kerala. The kadala curry and puttu, Veg Thalaserry biryani, thoran, pachadi, sambhar, are delectable treats, which you can dig into with friends and family.
- South of Vindhyas, The Orhid, Santacruz
Kootu curry, veg stew, veg Nadan curry with appams, rasam, sambhar, Mlabari parotta, are some of the typical dishes you can enjoy on Onam at this restaurant. Finish that perfect lip-smacking meal with a badam halwa or payasam and you have celebrated Onam in the best possible way.
- Hotel Deluxe, Fort
This modest but popular place, will ensure you have an authentic experience this Onam. Affordably priced, the food here gives you a real glimpse of the flavours of Kerala. Kerala porotta, appam, Karela masala, rasam, special veg sukka, are must haves.