Sampled Onam Sadya at Simply South, Gachibowli. The delicious tasting of Kerala’s vegetarian feast that celebrates harvest time comprised of 26 traditional dishes, plated in a thali instead of a banana leaf, in which sadya (banquet) is usually served.
With so many options, it was tough to choose favourites but a few whose flavours linger in my memory are the Mathanka Erichery (red pumpkin in spicy curry), Kaithachakka Pachady (sweet pineapple with beaten tempered yoghurt) and Paagarkai Kitchady (fried bitter gourd with mustard flavoured yoghurt curry) that I relished with parboiled Kerala red rice.
While onam sadya is conventionally prepared at home, this was a rare occasion for non-Malayalees like me to sample some of these delicacies. Would have been helpful though if the menu included a short write up on the relevance of each item or the sequence in which they’re supposed to be eaten. That would have made the whole dining experience a bit more significant and memorable.
Legend has it that King Mahabali visits Kerala at this time of the year and his subjects set out a feast to show him how prosperous his kingdom still remains. Even if this were just a myth, Onam sadya at Simply South was definitely a feast fit for a king. It’s a pity the promo was only for a day, but already looking forward to Onam 2017.