Ellavarkum ente aiswarya samrdhamaya Onam asamsakal !
Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous Onam !

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). This corresponds with the month of August-September according to Gregorian Calendar. Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all.

Onam Celebrations
Rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival. It is indeed a treat to be a part of the grand carnival. People of Kerala make elaborate preparations to celebrate it in the best possible manner. There is a tradition to play games, collectively called Onakalikal,on Onam. Men go in for rigorous sports like Talappanthukali (played with ball), Ambeyyal (Archery), Kutukutu and combats called Kayyankali and Attakalam. Women indulge in cultural activities. They make intricately designed flower mats called, Pookalam in the front courtyard of house to welcome King Mahabali. Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal are two graceful dances performed by women on Onam. Folk performances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali add to the zest of celebrations.Another enchanting feature of Onam is Vallamkali, the Snake Boat Race,held on the river Pampa. It is a colourful sight to watch the decorated boat oared by hundreds of boatmen amidst chanting of songs and cheering by spectators.

Our Pookalam



The most impressive part of Onam celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal. There is an old saying in Malayalam 'Kanam Vittu Onam Unnanam' which literally means that go to the extend of selling their processions to eat Onasadya / Traditional kerala feast. Here I am sharing the recipes of the dishes which I prepared till now. I hope these will be useful for you for preparing onasadhya. Please click the below pictures for recipes



Snacks 
Banana Chips
Banana Chips
Sarkara Varatti/Sarkara Upperi
Sarkara Varatti/Sarkara Upperi


Pickles
Instant Mango Pickle
Instant Mango Pickle
Dates Pickle
Dates Pickle
Puli Inji
Puli Inji


Thoran
Cabbage Thoran
Cabbage Thoran


Pachadi

Vendakka Pachadi
Vendakka Pachadi
Beetroot Pachadi
Beetroot Pachadi
Madhura Pachadi
Madhura Pachadi


Side Dishes

Olan
Olan
Koottu Curry
Koottu Curry
Cabbage Erissery

Cabbage Erissery
Aviyal

Aviyal


Curry

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Sambar without Coconut
Ulli-theeyal
Ulli Theeyal
Mango Pulissery
Mango Pulissery
Pineapple Pulissery
Pineapple Pulissery


Rasam
Instant Rasam

Instant Tomato Rasam




Payasam
chakka pradhaman/jack fruit kheer

chakka pradhaman/jack fruit kheer
vellarikka   Payasam

Vellarikka Payasam/Yellow cucumber kheer

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