The bandh and Bakr-Eid have given us a super-long weekend to celebrate, but there’s yet another reason just around the corner — Onam, Kerala’s harvest festival. While the stories behind the occasion are interesting enough to capture our attention, what excites us more would be the thought of tucking into a sumptuous Onam sadhya. Served on banana leaves, with an array of traditional accompaniments, the Onam sadhya is an excuse to eat all you want. So much that we don’t really mind the fact that it’s vegetarian! While there are quite a few restaurants dishing out sadhyas, we’ve picked out some that offer a great spread, just so you know where to head to for your Onam treat.

#LBBTip: Prior booking is recommended in most restaurants.

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Ente Keralam

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Anju’s Cafe

Ente Keralam


When it comes to lavish spreads for Onam, Ente Keralam is probably a crowd favourite. With special decor and a kitchen area put up exclusively for the festival, this is where you can sit down to a sadhya that includes an assortment of traditional dishes like Kaalan {made with yoghurt, coconut and vegetables}, Erissery {pumpkin and red beans with a grated coconut gravy}, Thoran {veggies stir fried with grated coconut} and Avial {a mixed vegetable dish made in ground coconut gravy}. All served in small bowls on a plantain leaf, along with helpings of rice. Before you think you’re done, they also have two kinds of payasams and two pradhamans {payasam made in thick, sweet coconut milk} for that perfect ending to your meal.

When: On till Sunday, September 18

Where: Old No 12 , New No 1, Ulsoor Road , Near Sultan Jewellers, Ulsoor

Price: INR 495 upwards

Contact: 080 41133707, +91 9353039698

Timings: Noon-2.45pm and 7pm-10.45pm

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Onam is synonymous with the big, fat sadhya, and the folks at award-winning Karavalli clearly know that. Serving the meal in five slots on Thiruvonam day, their spread includes an array of sides to be paired up with the rice. Perfect for a laidback meal with your family, they stick to traditional favourites and homely flavours with dishes like Kaalan, Olan, Avial, Pachadi and payasams.

When: Wednesday, September 14

Where: Ground Floor, The Gateway Hotel, 66, Residency Road

Price: INR 1,500

Contact: 080 66604545

Timings: Slots at 11.30pm, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

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Anju’s Cafe

Located in Ranga Shankara, Anju’s Cafe is known as much for their akki rotis and sabudana vadas as for their sumptuous Onam sadhyas. Going with the festive mood, the place is adorned with a pookalam {floral decoration} and the traditional meal here happens in three batches on a single day {mostly on a Sunday}. So, prior booking is the only way to get yourself a spot. Thronged by regulars as well as first timers from across the city, the sadhya here is served in the typical order {there is a specific sequence in which each dish has to be served}. Be it the sweet and tangy Puliyinji {a chutney of sorts made with tamarind and ginger} or the gravies like Parippu {topped with a dollop of ghee} and Kerala-style Sambhar, the feast here is bound to remind you of home.

#LBBTip: Their slots are filling up fast. We suggest you hurry!

When: Sunday, September 11

Where: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase

Price: INR 570

Contact: Call +91 9845036605 to book a spot

Timings: Slots for noon, 1pm and 2pm

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We love that Vembanad goes the extra mile to make you feel like you might actually be in Kerala. Think wood-carved ceiling, special decor for the festival and even the staff in traditional apparel. Add to that authentic food from the state, and you couldn’t ask for a better way to spend this Onam {unless it’s in Kerala, of course}. Expect a plantain leaf replete will almost 28 dishes, which includes an array of sides to be had with two varieties of rice {red rice and basmati rice}, and four kinds of payasams too.

When: Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14

Where: The Paul, 138/28, 100 Feet Road, Domlur

Price: INR  1350 plus taxes

Contact: 080 40477777

Timings: Slots at 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm

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Onam Festival By Kappa Chakka Kandhari


After a couple of Kerala food festivals in the city, the folks at Kappa Chakka Kandhari {a city-based food venture that specialises in Kerala cuisine} are going all out for their Onam fest. While they have an Onachanda {Onam market} where you can grab traditional snacks and merchandise, their Onam feast is what you should head here for. Apparently cooked in woodfire and traditional vessels to retain the flavour, they have 28 different dishes. With everything from good old banana chips to Parippu {a preparation with boiled lentils} and the classic Inji Curry {ginger curry}, this one might make you feel like you’re in God’s Own Country. Oh, and four kinds of payasams too. We did say it’d be a feast!

When: On till Wednesday, September 14

Where: Next to E-Zone Club, Marathahalli Bridge, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli

Price: INR 499 upwards

Contact: +91 9840703111

Timings: Noon-3.30pm and 7pm-9pm

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New Kairali

While this no-frills restaurant may not score high on the ambience factor, if a decent, filling sadhya is what you have in mind, they’ll sort you out. Frequented by regulars in and around the area {Kammanahalli}, New Kairali’s Onam sadhya has over 20 dishes for you to tuck into, all served on a banana leaf, as is the custom. Along with traditional favourites like Thoran, Parippu, Kaalan, Erissery and Rasam, they also have Parippu Pradhaman {payasam made with moong dal, coconut milk and jaggery} and Paal Payasam {milk payasam} for a sweet finish to your meal.

When: Sunday, September 14

Where: 48 And 49, St. Thomas, Town Post, Ramaswamy Palya, Maruthi Seva Nagar, Nehru Rd, Kammanahalli

Price: INR 300

Contact: +91 9448620359

Timings: Noon-3pm

Marriott Whitefield


While we’re huge fans of the traditional sadhya which is a vegetarian affair {although some communities in Kerala include non vegetarian dishes}, the Onam spread here includes quite a lot for meat lovers as well. Along with specials like Pumpkin Sambhar and Cucumber Pachadi {made with yoghurt and grated coconut}, you’ll also have Alleppey Fish Curry, Kerala-style chicken curry and beef roast. Finish up with sweet treats like Parippu Payasam {made with moong dal} and Coconut Laddoos.

When: Monday, September 12 to Saturday, September 17

Where: M Café, Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield, Plot No 75, 8th Road, EPIP Zone, Whitefield

Price: INR 1,000 plus taxes

Contact: +91 8884477218

Timings: 12.30pm-3.30pm and 7pm-11.30pm

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