is my most favorite festival. It is the most attractive
and colorful festival of Kerala, India. It is
the harvest festival of Kerala. Irrespective of
cast, creed, religion, all Keralites celebrate
it now as a national festival of Kerala and it
is part of the cultural repertoire of every Malayalee.
I am sure many of my friends abroad are interested
to know more about Onam and please accept this
as my Onam gift.
main item and the first course is rice with
a number of side dishes such as curries, upperies
(fried dishes), pappadams (round crisp flour cakes),
uppilittathu (pickles), chammanthi (chutney),
Erissery, Kootucurry, Kalan, Olan, Aviyal, Thoran
Pachhady Kichadi etc and then Sambar, Rasam, payasams
and prathamans (puddings) arranged in a definite
order of sequence. All items are served on a banana
leaf laid in a particular way. Fruits mainly plantain,
are also served.