Happy Onam – A few Onam recipes from me and my friends


 Hello Hello Everyone 

Happy Onam 

It’s that time of the year where every malayalees around the world celebrate together this auspicious harvest festival without any boundaries . This festival brings all of us together no matter which part of the world you are in . Its my immense pleasure to bring you all few sadya dishes from my archive as well as few contributions from my dear friends. 

Before we start with the dishes an introduction to this festival those who are not aware of it . 
“Onam is an ancient festival which still survives in modern times. It is one of the rarest festivals which is celebrated by a complete State, irrespective of religion, caste and creed. Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the Festival of Rain Flowers, which fall on the month of Chingam, celebrates the Asura King Mahabali’s annual visit from Patala (the underworld). Onam is unique since Mahabali (locally known as Maveli) has been revered by the people of Kerala. The King is so much attached to his kingdom that it is believed that he comes annually from the nether world to see his people living happily. It is in honour of King Mahabali that Onam is celebrated. ” 
Source- Wikipedia 

This festival brings out a lot of memories for me the morning hunt for flowers to make the pookalam , the faint smell of thumbapoo & shankhu pushpin , the aroma of coconut oil in the air , the excitement to wear new dress and meeting all cousins at grand ma’s house .I clearly remember the hustle and the exciting prep done by all my aunts, mom & grated ma just a day before onam, how I miss those days . 

To reminisce those days I have made a collective sadya post from my archives and from my lovely friends Sonal, Swati, Suchi and Sarika . 

Check out all the recipes and have a happy & prosperous Onam 



Nellikka Achar 
Udupi Style Sambar By Sonal 

Tomato Dal Rasam by Sarika 


Okra/Vendakka Thoran by Swati 

Avial/ Mixed vegetable curry in ground coconut 

Pumpkin Erissery
Kurukku Kalan / A yoghurt based raw plantain and yam curry 

Cheru Parippu Payasam/ Split yellow moong dal kheer 

Boli/ Kerala style sweet lentil flat bread

Quinoa payasam by Suchi



Avial / Mixed vegetable curry in a coconut and green chilly base flavored with cumin


Avial is one of the most popular kerala dishes , it is very easy to make and healthy as well.It is generally made with a mixture of vegetables , coconut , cumin , green chillies , curry leaves and flavoured with coconut oil. The vegetables I have used here is yam , egg plant , drumstick , carrot , potatoes , kovakkai(tindora), string beans . A souring agent is very key for avial normally tamarind , raw mangoes or sour curd is used for it I have used raw mangoes for it .

There are several interesting stories behind the origin of Avial . The most common which I have heard from my mother is several years back during a marriage feast the main chef had a lot of left over vegetables . Instead of wasting it he cooked it in a mixture of ground coconut and cumin finished with coconut oil and curry leaves . Another interesting story is from Mahabharat where Bhim invented this dish while he assumed the identity of a cook while in exile .

Avial is a very easy dish to make, tastes great and very healthy too. It is cooked in very less oil and it has an amazing flavour of cumin and green chillies .


Lets see how to make this delicious vegetable dish with tons of flavors bursting from it ..



Avial / Mixed vegetable curry in a coconut and green chilly base flavored with cumin
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
182 calories
38 g
0 g
2 g
9 g
0 g
284 g
172 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182
Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 172mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 0g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. Mixed Vegetables - 1 cup ( check notes)
  2. Grated Coconut- 1/2 cup
  3. Green Chilly- 2 no
  4. Cumin Seeds- 1/4 tsp
  5. Raw mango- 1/4 cup diced (check notes for alternative )
  6. Coconut Oil - 1tbsp
  7. Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
  8. Salt - as needed
  9. Turmeric powder- a pinch
  1. 1.Chop all the vegetables into the following size little bit thicker than matchstick.
  2. 2. Cook these vegetables with little water and turmeric
  3. 3. While the vegetables are cooking , in a food processor grind coconut , cumin seeds and green chilly. Do not make a fine paste you only need to pulse it 2 or 3 times with little water
  4. 4. When the vegetables are cooked , add raw mango to it and cook for five minutes in medium flame . Please make sure the vegetables are not burning or dry . If it is too dry you can add some water to it
  5. 5. Add the ground coconut mixture to it , salt and water if needed . Cook this for atleast 10
  6. minutes in medium to low heat .
  7. 6. Finish with coconut oil and curry leaves . Serve hot with rice
  1. What kind of vegetables to use in Avial
  2. You can literally use any vegetables but avoid using beetroot because of the colour it imparts . I used carrot , drumstick , string beans , tindora , yam , raw banana and egg plant
  3. Substitute for raw mango
  4. If you cannot get raw mango you can also use soaked tamarind juice or sour yoghurt
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