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Restaurants In Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore For A Grand Onam Sadhya
The Onam festival spans ten days, marked by a plethora of cultural festivities, culminating in the grandeur of Onasadhya or Onam Sadhya, the centerpiece of the celebration. Onasadhya is a quintessential Kerala feast, artfully arranged on a banana leaf and brimming with an impressive array of 25 to 64 delectable vegetarian dishes. This culinary extravaganza is a cherished tradition in every Malayali household, eagerly prepared and savored with loved ones.
Wondering about the delights it holds? Here’s a glimpse into the typical spread: Chena varuthatha (yam chips), sarkara upperi (jaggery-coated banana chips), mango and lime pickles, puli inji (tamarind & ginger chutney), ghiya khichadi, erissery (mashed beans and pumpkin with coconut gravy), Kaaya varuthatha (banana chips), avial, puliserry (yoghurt-based curry), pachadi (Pineapple in yoghurt), olan (ash gourd with black beans in a coconut milk gravy), stir-fried vegetables with grated coconut, theeyal (mixed vegetable gravy), kootu curry (black chickpeas curry), sambar, rasam, spicy buttermilk, bananas, papad, and, of course, boiled rice. This medley of flavors creates an unforgettable experience, symbolizing the essence of Onam.
This year, Onam begins on August 20 and ends on August 31. Several top restaurants in the country will serve the special meal during Onam. You can enjoy the meal at a restaurant or a lavish spread from the comfort of your home.
Here are the top 11 restaurants serving Onam Sadhya in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore.
Commence your Onam festivities with a delightful Sadhya feast at Kebab Korner, InterContinental Marine Drive. Elevate the significance of this auspicious occasion with a distinctive culinary celebration, as you immerse yourself in a thali-style presentation of over 25 traditional dishes, featuring culinary gems like Inji Curry, Olan, Parripu Curry, and a myriad of other tantalizing options. Prepare your taste buds for a journey through the vibrant flavors that encapsulate Kerala’s culinary heritage.
Address: InterContinental Marine Drive, 135, Marine Dr, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Indulging in a meal from South Side Story is always a wise choice. Here, the exquisite sadya is a labor of love crafted by the talented home chef, Sarada Krishnan, who has meticulously curated a menu featuring a rich tapestry of vegetarian delights, each bearing the legacy of generations past. Among the culinary treasures, you can savor rasakalan, olan, matan elisheri, mangakari, kootukari, mix-veg thoran, and a plethora of other delectable offerings. This culinary masterpiece is thoughtfully presented in a neatly packaged box, complete with a banana leaf for an authentic dining experience.
Address: Mhada Vanrai Colony, Aarey Colony, Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063
Nair On Fire
Putting their unique spin on the traditional sadhya, they offer an ‘unsadya’ experience that caters to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian palates. Their diverse menu encompasses a range of choices, including vegetarian, chicken, and seafood selections, drawing inspiration from Hindu, Islamic, and Suriani culinary traditions.
Address: Peter Apartment, Rebello Rd, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
The Bombay Canteen
Eminent historian Manu Pillai unveils the hidden histories of Onam, as they unfold on banana leafed thalis in a delightful and inventive feast reimagined afresh by Chefs Manu Chandra and Chef Hussain Shahzad. Here’s what you can expect at the unveiling on 29th August:
- A lavish grazing table that’s a feast for the eyes and taste buds—with Onam inspired creations you’ve likely never tasted before.
- A three-course meal, including a fabulous thali, inspired by creation myths, tales of royal intrigue and the art of camouflage.
- A fabulous spread of sweet somethings that includes a very special story.
Address: Unit-1, Process House, S.B. Road, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Tamarind beckons you with its affordably diverse menu featuring a fusion of South and North Indian flavors, promising a delightful journey through culinary excellence. Plan a visit to this warmly lit establishment during the Onam festivities to partake in the Chef’s special Onam thali, a gastronomic delight comprising 23 delectable dishes. This exclusive culinary experience is available on August 28th and 29th, inviting you to savor the essence of Onam in every bite.
Address: 177, Sarat Bose Road Opp. DKS, Deshapriya Park W, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026
Immersed in the rich tapestry of Kerala’s culture, this restaurant intricately weaves the essence of the region into every facet, from its décor to its culinary creations. As part of its Onam celebration, the restaurant is set to present a special Onam Sadhya, a true homage to tradition. This sumptuous thali, featuring a meticulously crafted array of 20 to 22 dishes, will be exclusively available on August 29th, from 12 PM to 4 PM. To savor this exquisite Onam Sadhya.
Address: Amuliya Eye Foundation, 22/1C, Manohar Pukur Rd, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029
Surfire- The Coastal Cafe
Ishani Priyadarshi, both proprietor and chef, is devoting two full days to crafting a complete vegetarian Onam Sadhya experience. This elaborate thali will feature a lavish spread of 22 delectable items, all set against the backdrop of a charming café known for occasional live singing performances.
Address: 24, Rajani Sen Rd, Lake Range, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026
Prepare to indulge in an opulent feast set within the enchanting, traditional ambiance of Dakshin, Sheraton, New Delhi. This sumptuous meal will feature all the stars of sadya cuisine, including a remarkable sambar and a peppery rasam, perfectly complementing the flavorful kuthari choru.
Address: Saket District Centre, District Centre, Sector 6, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
Delhi’s beloved Malayali eatery is gearing up to present an Onam sadhya that promises to be not only hearty but also incredibly flavorful. Anticipate the perennial favorites, along with delightful additions such as the apple kichadi and ulli theeyal, to tantalize your taste buds. Conclude this delectable feast with a sweet note, savoring the rich flavors of jaggery payasam and milk payasam. And for those on the go, rest assured there’s a convenient takeaway option available as well.
Address: MA-A05, Ground Floor Restaurant Block, DLF Avenue, Mandir Marg, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
Hyatt Centric MG Road
Dig into this thoughtfully curated sadhya, a harmonious blend of timeless flavors that includes the delightful Sarkara Upperi and the tangy Puliinji. Let your taste buds revel in a dance of delight as you savor iconic dishes like Manga Curry, Avial, Olan, Erissery, Kootu Curry, Thoran, Parippu, and Pachadi. For those with a penchant for non-vegetarian delights, you can also savor the succulent Meen Pollichathu and the flavorful Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu. To cap off this extraordinary feast, savor the delicately sweetened Palada, the richly flavored Parippu Pradhaman, and the fruity Pazham Pradaman.
Address: 1, Old Madras Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
Kappa Chakka Kandhari
This restaurant has earned a reputation for serving the most opulent and genuinely authentic sadhya in both Bangalore and Chennai and has won many awards along the way. This year, their specially curated meal boasts an impressive lineup of 26 traditional vegetarian dishes, expertly prepared by talented cooks from Kerala. Among the highlights are the delightful payasams: ada pradhaman, palada, chakka pradhaman, and parippu payasam. For those who prefer to relish this feast from the comfort of their homes, there’s a convenient Meal in A Box option available. Each box caters to five individuals and is thoughtfully packaged in stainless containers within a hot case, ensuring your festive meal remains fresh and delectable.
Address: 438, 18th Main Rd, 6th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095
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