Onam is the festival of the state of Kerala in South India and the highlight of this event is the vegetarian feast called 'Sadya'. Ela Cuisine's feast is planned entirely with seasonal New Zealand vegetables and topped up with unique imported items from Kerala.

With 25 vegetarian/vegan dishes on the menu, Onam Sadhya, a vegetarian/vegan banquet, is a true celebration of the fine produce of Kerala, India. If you often wonder what you can do with a handful of vegetables, the sadhya could well be an inspiration.

The feast consists of rice, banana chips, sharkaraveratti (fried pieces of banana coated with jaggery) and pappadam, besides a slew of vegetable dishes like thoran, mezhukkupuratti, kaalan, olan, avial, sambhar, dal served with ghee, erisheri, rasam, pulissery, moru (curd with water) sweet and sour pickles, two types of buttermilk and a powder chutney made of grated coconut. Phew… that’s quite a list!

The sadhya is not just unique in terms of what goes into it, it is served and eaten in a distinct way too.

Traditionally, the meal is served on banana leaves as families sit on the floor to relish this divine spread with hands (cutlery is not used to savour this meal). Everything from banana chips, pappadam and green apple pickle to eggplant in roasted coconut, beetroot in yogurt, parboiled red rice and lentil soup are served, while staff guide diners through the menu items in full traditional South Indian white and gold attire.

The meal ends with guests closing the banana leaf. Interestingly, closing the leaf towards oneself signifies that the food wasn’t up to the mark, while folding it away from oneself signifies complete satisfaction with the food.

Sounds divine, doesn’t it? And if this got you craving, you are just in time to lap up this amazing spread. Head to to buy your ticket to the Onam Feast at Ela Cuisine on August 4 here then get ready to dig in!