Onam is Kerala’s much-awaited harvest festival. The highlight of this grand event is the sumptuous and lavish banquet, Onam Sadya. It is said that more than 25 dishes are served in a traditional Sadya. The range of mouthwatering dishes makes this feast fit for the Kings. Out of the variety of dishes, there are a few that can be made at home. Though it involves an elaborate cooking process, the dishes are well worth the effort.

Here are recipes for Erissery, Cheera Thoran, and Ada Pradhaman.

Eriserry

This is a delicious pumpkin and cowpeas preparation flavoured with mild spices. 

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Ingredients
  • 1 yellow pumpkin 

  • Cowpeas 

  • Grated coconut 

  • Curry leaves

  • Dry red chillies

  • Mustard seeds

  • Turmeric powder 

  • Cumin seeds

  • Garlic cloves 

  • Salt, to taste

  • Coconut oil

Method

  • Wash, peel, and cut the yellow pumpkin into small pieces.

  • Soak the cowpeas in a bowl of water for about three hours.

  • In a pan of water, boil the cowpeas for about 10 minutes, add salt to taste and the pumpkin pieces.

  • Allow it to boil until it turns soft, you can also use a pressure cooker to speed up the process.

  • Grind, in a mixie, 2 tbsps of grated coconut, 2-3 dry red chillies, 3-4 peeled garlic, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp turmeric powder, and salt to taste, to make a paste.

  • Put this paste into the boiling pumpkin and cowpeas and stir well, add a handful of curry leaves, and salt to taste, and stir a bit. Take off from flame. 

  • Heat 2 tbsps refined oil in a pan, add 2 tsps mustard seeds and wait until it splutters.

  • Add 2-3 dry red chillies, a cup of grated coconut, and a handful of curry leaves, and stir well.

  • Add the pumpkin and cowpeas preparation, and stir well.

  • Serve hot.

Cheera Thoran 

This is a flavourful spinach stir fry dish.

cheera thoran

 Ingredients

  • 2 spinach (green or red) bunches

  • 1 red onion (small)

  • Garlic cloves

  • Dry red chillies 

  • Mustard seeds

  • Grated coconut

  • Curry leaves 

  • Green chillies

  • Turmeric powder

  • Salt, to taste 

  • Coconut oil


Method

  • Wash the spinach thoroughly.

  • Cut the roots and chop the spinach into tiny pieces.

  • Grind, in a mixie, 3 green chillies, 2 to 3 peeled garlic cloves, 2 tsps turmeric powder, grated coconut, and a little water, to make a paste.

  • Heat 2 tbsps coconut oil in a pan.

  • Add about 3 tsps mustard seeds, and let it splutter.

  • Chop one red onion and add, stir well, add a few curry leaves, and stir until the onions turn translucent. 

  • Add the chopped spinach and salt, and stir well.

  • Then, add the spice paste and stir well.

  • Cover the pan and let the spinach cook on low flame for 10 mins. 

  • Stir the spinach well and ensure it doesn't stick to the pan. 

  • Serve hot.


Ada Pradhaman  

This is a luscious pudding made with jaggery and coconut milk.


Ingredients

  • Rice ada

  • Coconut milk

  • Cashew nuts

  • Raisins

  • Coconut slices

  • Cardamom Powder

  • Ghee 


Method

  • Boil a pot of water, add one cup of rice ada, wait for a few seconds, and take off from the flame.

  • Keep aside the rice ada, soaked in the boiled water, for about half an hour.

  • Drain the water, and wash the rice ada with cold water well, and keep aside.

  • To make jaggery syrup, boil half a cup of grated jaggery in water for a few minutes.

  • Strain the jaggery using a sieve to get a syrup.

  • Heat 2 tbsps of ghee in a pan, add cashew nuts, raisins, and coconut slices, and fry all the ingredients together till a fragrance is emitted, and take off the flame.

  • In a pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee, add the rice ada, and saute for about a minute.

  • Add the jaggery syrup, and let it cook, with the rice ada, on low to medium flame. 

  • Wait for the jaggery to thicken.

  • Dilute a cup of coconut milk with water and add a teaspoon of cardamom powder, the cooked cashew nuts, raisins and undiluted coconut milk, and take off from flame.

  • Garnish the Ada Pradhaman with fried cashew nuts.

  • Serve hot.


Serve the Erissery and the Cheera Thoran with steamed rice, you can also serve the Ada Pradhaman cold.