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Must-try Onam sadhyas in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru

Arushi Sakhuja 
It’s that time of the year when Kerala’s famed harvest festival has set in. Kerala has stepped into celebration mode with the dawn of Onam. Simple pookkalams (the traditional flower carpet) made of yellow flowers adorn the entrance to every home. It’s believed that on this day the banished king, Lord Mahabali, begins his annual journey to his land and his people.
This year, the 10-day harvest festival began on August 30 and will continue till September 8. The festival commemorates the homecoming of mythical king Mahabali. But just like many other Indian festivals, it brings along with it an appetite for a lavish feast – Onam Sadhya or Onasadhya.

 

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Onam Sadhya is celebrated on the last day of the festival and is an integral part of the 10-day festival.  The lavish spread features over 25 vegetarian dishes severed on a banana leaf and is extremely popular across communities and regions. As we get ready for Onam, cities across India have prepared special menus to celebrate. LuxeBook takes you through the best restaurants to visit if you wish to savour a traditional Sadhya meal including rice, papadam, dal, rasam and payasam.
Delhi
Seasonal Tastes The Westin Gurgaon 
Onam Sadhya
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Indulge in the melange of traditional flavours from Kerala over an authentic Onam Sadhya curated by chef Rekha Raghavan at the Westin Gurgaon. Featuring some lip-smacking delicacies, the meal promises to sing on your palate. The feast will comprise of over 26 dishes and begins with snacks such as upperi (banana chips), curries including pulissery (bottle gourd and curd with coconut paste), kaalan (yam and raw banana curry with curd and coconut), ellisheri (pumpkin, black eyed peas and coconut curry), olan (curry made of ash gourd or pumpkin cooked in coconut milk); accompanied by tangy pickles such as manga curry (mango pickle), naranga curry (lime pickle), inji curry (ginger and tamarind chutney)  and more! Some standout dishes include mezhkkupuratti (sautéed vegetables),  parripu (lentils coconut gravy), kootu curry (curry made with raw bananas and black chickpea with coconut), thoran (chopped vegetable dish) accompanied by chor (traditional red rice). 
When: September 8 – 10 | 12:30 PM – 03:30 PM | Dinner – 07:00 PM – 1130 PM
Where: The Westin, Gurgaon
Price: INR 1500 plus taxes
Mahabelly
Onam Sadhya
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It was back in 2015 that Mahabelly introduced the concept of Onam Sadhya. While it wasn’t mainstream at that point of time, today the chain is known for its authentic Sadhya. Since 2015, Mahabelly’s Onam Sadhya has never failed to impress, leaving them with loyal customers. This year, it’s time to get back to the restaurant and eat to your hearts content. Don’t forget to try the pothichoru that comprises of cooked rice, chammanthi, pickle, fried fish and semi-dry vegetables, all wrapped up with a wee bit of gravy in a banana leaf.
When: September 7-9
Where: MA-A05, Ground Floor Restaurant Block, DLF Avenue, Mandir Marg, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
Price: INR 1250
Savya Rasa

 

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Savya Rasa has been one of the top spots in New Delhi for authentic flavours of South India. The restaurant has rolled out one of the largest Onam spreads in Delhi for five days, with 30 dishes made using family recipes – inji puli, sambharam, chakka chips, erissery, thoran, kootu curry, two types of payasam and a variety of other curries and chutneys accompanied by pappadam and rice. One of the most important dishes of Onam Sadhya is Kootu Curry, a mildly spicy and satisfying curry – mixed seasonal vegetables simmered with crushed pepper, onions, chillies and topped with grated coconut.
Where: Shop no 242, DLF Farms, District Centre, DLF Avenue, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
Price: INR 839
Mumbai
JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu – Saffron and Lotus Cafe 
Onam Sadhya
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Onam Sadhya
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Bringing flavours of Kerala to the heart of Mumbai, the specially curated menu at Lotus Café and Saffron in JW Marriott Juhu will leave you wanting more. An authentic menu that offers Olan, Kalan, Pachadi, Thoran, Erriserry, Avial, Theyal, Inji curry, Paruppu, Sambar, Rasan, it is the ideal spot for those who are looking to dive into authentic flavours. Not only is it a delight to the palate but the vibrant colours present on the plate make it a treat to the eyes. Hence a stop at this destination is a sensorial experience.
Where: Lotus Cafe, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
When: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Pricing: INR 2,900 plus taxes
Where: Saffron, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
When: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Pricing: INR 2,750 plus taxes
St Regis Mumbai
Onam Sadhya
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The St. Regis Mumbai has a special Onam Sadhya that can be delivered right onto your doorstep by Marriott Bonvoy On Wheels. Offering a traditional Kerala sadhya with a delectable variety of dishes the menu features a spread of delicious culinary favourites and cultural delights, including narangha curry – a homemade curry lemon pickle, best with red boiled rice, kaya varuthathu – banana chips fried in pure coconut oil, sarkkara purattiyathu – palm sugar-sweetened fried banana chips with dried ginger, rasam – lentil and tamarind based broth finished with cilantro and black pepper, nei parippu – yellow lentils with turmeric, coconut and clarified butter, thoran – stir-fried cabbage with mustard, green chilies, freshly grated coconut and more!
When:  7th & 8th September 2022Where: St Regis Mumbai
Price: INR 2550++
Bengaluru
The Bengaluru Brasserie

A popular spot at Hyatt in Bengaluru, this popular spot offers the most authentic Onam Sadhya. But the icing on the cake is that the sadhya is prepared in collaboration with passionate home cooks who replicate recipes passed down over generations. You can expect to find generous portions of coated chips, pachadis and more. The dishes are modern with a global fare and spell out deliciousness on a plate. What’s more? The lip-smacking delicacies are served in authentic Chowmuk style over a banana leaf.
Where: The Bengaluru Brasserie, Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
When: September 8
Price: Veg INR 999++ ; Non-Veg INR 1499++
Salt Mango Tree Restaurant
Onam Sadhya
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A favourite spot for Kerala delicacies, the Onam sadhya at Salt Mango tree is a must-try. With over 20 dishes on the menu, this promises authentic Kerala delicacies. The Onam sadhya pays homage to the culture and tradition of Kerala with a wide variety that features chicken chuttathu, payasam and more. An unforgettable experience of a traditional feast but be sure to pre-book because the spots get sold out fast. You could also pre-book and take away your sadhya boxes or just payasam.
Where: 12th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Doopanahalli, Indiranagar, Bengaluru
When: September 7 – 11
Price: INR 1,199
Vembanad

Come Onam, an Onam sadhya feast is synonymous with The Paul Bangalore! This year, The Paul Bangalore once again brings a slice of Kerala to Bangalore during Onam. The sumptuous spread promises a taste of authenticity, with classics like Onam ela sadya, maveli, onappaaattukal, thoran, pachadi, khichadi, and payasam. You can also opt for a special Onam Special Sunday Brunch on 11 September from 12 Pm to 4 PM priced at INR 1,399+.
When: September 8
Time: 12:00-4:00 pm
Price: INR 1,499 approximately
Address: The Paul Bangalore, Krishna Reddy Layout, Amarjyoti Layout, Domlur, Bengaluru,
Contact: +91 80404 77777
Neer, Hilton Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park
Onam Sadhya
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An experiential Onam sadhya is being held at Hilton Bengaluru Embassy. Features a spread of over 22 vegetarian dishes served in a traditional style, the lavish spread includes timeless soulful dishes such as Erissery, Avial, mezhkkupuratti, Olan, Kalaan, Ada Prathaman. Made with love these specials will melt in your mouth — and maybe even leave you wanting more.
When: 8th September 2022
Where: Neer at Hilton Embassy Manyata Business Park Bengaluru, poolside terrace
Price: INR 2300 per adult* | Children aged 6-12 years dine at 50% discount*
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Contact: 9986474862 or +91 80 6901 2345
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