Onam 2019: More than 2500 Calories in Onam Sadhya! Here's a Caloric Breakdown of All Dishes from Sambar to Payasam
A Caloric Breakdown of All Onam Sadhya Dishes from Sambar to Payasam (Photo Credits: Wiki Commons)

Happy Onam, everyone! Kerala's famous harvest festival, Onam is here. The ten-day festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour all across the country. In 2019, Onam is celebrated today, September 11. Keralites everywhere are in a celebratory mood, and the festive spirit is doubled by preparing for the vegetarian feast of the day, Onam Sadhya. Sadhya is the traditional food that Malayalis eat on banana leaves to mark the day. A variety of items are prepared for the celebration, and family members sit together to enjoy the feast. Onam Sadhya Items List 2019: Traditional Delicious Sadhya Dishes That Malayalis Prepare During the Harvest Festival.

The vegetarian meal platter usually includes these items:

  • Kaaya Varuthatha (Banana chips)
  • Chena Varuthatha (Yam chips)
  • Mango pickle
  • Ghee
  • Puli Inji (Tamarind & ginger chutney)
  • Kichadi (Gourd and yoghurt)
  • Pachadi (Pineapple-yoghurt sweet)
  • Olan (Ash gourd in coconut milk curry),
  • Avial, (Coconut and veggies thick curry)
  • Puliserry (Yoghurt-based curry),
  • Theeyal (Mixed Vegetable Gravy)
  • Kootu (Black chickpeas) curry
  • Sambar
  • Rasam
  • Elaichi banana
  • Buttermilk
  • Crisps (Pappadam)
  • Steamed rice (Red Rice)

However, fitness conscious people usually worry if they'll gain weight after eating the Onam Sadhya. Here's the time to strike a balance between traditions and fitness. You might want to check out this breakdown of how many calories we are dealing with.

Dish Name Serving Size Calories
Rice 2 servings 271 calories
Sambar 1 cup 82 calories
Avial 1 serving 136 calories
Pappadam 1 43 calories
Kootu curry 1 serving 300 calories
Kaalan 1 serving 309 calories
Cabbage thoran 1 serving 208 calories
Parippu 1 serving 139 calories
Ghee 1 teaspoon 40 calories
Pachadi 1 serving 162 calories
Olan 1 serving 162 calories
Banana chips 10gm 147 calories
Sharkara varatti 10gm 162 calories
Elaichi banana 1 43.20 calories
Payasam 1 cup 280 calories
Rasam 1 cup 133 calories
Total Calories 2,617 Calories




Well, there you go, turns out, if you don't binge on the sadhya, you might not intake a lot of calories. In fact, some of these items are made out of extremely healthy veggies and grains. However, a lot also depends on what you eat in the whole day. For example, if you just stick to this one meal and very less food for the rest of the day, you may not increase your calorie count.