>> Monday, August 30, 2010
Kerala has just finished celebrating Onam, which is nothing less than a season. There is a rush of adrenaline with sports like snake boat races and tug-of-wars. In the streets, you can hear the beats of drums and folk dances like tiger dances and Kummati. The 10 days of celebration ends with Thiruvonam. This year, it was on Aug 23rd and everyone was little distracted by Shashi Tharoor's wedding to his third bride Sunanda Pushkar.
This was my first onam celebration in US. Although, the charm of this festival exists only in Kerala. Early morning, people make carpet of flowers in front of their homes and then it is followed by preparing magnificent feast, Ona Sadya. It brings out the best of the Malayali kitchen. The whole house will be filled with nice aroma of spices and frying in coconut oil. Ahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I told Sree that we gonna celebrate this onam in a very grand way. Just like the way it used to be in Kerala. He suggested "Why not we invite some guests on onam?". Love you honey! that was an awesome idea. But there is a small problem. I never count myself great with Kerala cuisines and when it comes to onam feast, it is similar to a jumbo feast.
This is the click of our Ona sadya. It is a lavish 5-course meal served on a fresh, green banana leaf. The number of items served are usually between 30-50. The first course begins with rice and parippu (daal), then with rice and sambhar, the third with rice and puliserry, the fourth with payasam (kheer/pudding) and banana and ends with buttermilk.
Whosssh!! by this time you will feel pity for your poor tummy, but this whole course is so tempting that you cannot skip any one of them. Thanks to ginger curry and buttermilk included in this meal, as it helps in digestion.
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