Onam is considered as the Harvest Festival of Kerala (one of the 4 South Indian States). People from Kerala mark this festival by welcoming their mythical king Mahabali. It is believed that the people want their king to be happy and know that they are prosperous and wealthy; hence they celebrate the festival with a lot of pomp. Onam celebrated by decorating their homes with Pookalam (rangoli made with flowers), conducting boat race and relishing the famous Onam Sadya (traditional meal)
The Onam Sadya is the traditional meal of this harvest festival. It is served on a banana leaf with rice as the main item, accompanied with a variety of other sides. Ask a keralite how important is an Onam Sadya for him/ her?? He would say “Kaanam Vittum Onam Unnanam” which means “One must have the Onam Sadya even if one is forced to sell his property”. The essence of the festival is captured with this Malayalam proverb and shows how important as well as how close is this festival to Keralites.
The home chefs and guests at MealTango celebrated Onam by hosting the traditional Onam Sadya in Pune. The Onam Sadya was lovingly cooked by our home chefs and the entire spread was packed and sent to the customers with a banana leaf, so that they enjoy the true sense of their Sadya. The Onam Sadya was prepared by different South Indian Home Chefs. The meal was not only freshly prepared but also was devoid of any preservatives and additives. It was prepared with the healthiest of ingredients. Each dish was verified and approved by meal tasters.
(Our C.E.O Mr. Saket Khanna (extreme left) personally supervises the packing. Helpers wearing chef hats and gloves to ensure cleanliness while packing)
The entire meal was neatly packed in containers and also had a leaflet to guide the guest on which dish should be served where on the banana leaf, making sure that they have an authentic experience.
The spread consisted of (Clockwise from top left): Salt, Round Ethakka Uperri, Puli Inchi , Cut Ethakka Upperi, Vadukapuli Lime Pickle, Thoran, Kalan, Avial, Ada Payasam, Pachadi, Banana, Sambhar, Rice with Parippu , Papadums, Sharkara Puratti
The Onam Sadya was a big hit in Pune and was hosted for two consecutive days. MealTango received an over whelming response of more than 300+ calls to deliver the Onam Sadya. MealTango was recognised by the Pune Mirror for this wonderful intiative of the Onam Sadya in Pune.
(Some of our guests enjoying the Onam Sadya from MealTango)
Here is the link that had MealTango featured.
Here is what some of our guests had to say about the Sadya:
Usha Pratap — Had an Onam sadya. Extremely good food. Good portions (except the rice), and fresh too. Was late (but apologised nicely- so didn’t reduce the stars). It was the first time- but will try again
Team MealTango is extremely happy about the enthusiasm shown by our guests. More festivals to come and more good food to come!!!
Until next time let’s meet with another celebration….