Vishu marks the beginning of New Year in the Malayalam calendar. A typical Vishu starts with the people of the house opening their eyes to the beautiful Vishukkani arranged by the senior most female member in the family. On vishu afternoon there will be a grand feast known as Vishu sadya, and normally it will consist of lot of vegetarian malayali items from sambar, avial, payasams, side dishes and pickles, thorans and sweets

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to Vishu Sadya and the menu varies according to the traditions of the family. Vishu sadya Usually served in banana leaf, In some areas a pinch of salt is served on the leaf but some people avoid it.

Vishu Sadhya

Vishu Sadya


The Dashing Vishu Sadya Recipes For A Fabulous Occasion

Pazham (banana)


Pazham or banana is one of unavoidable item in Vishu Sadhya






Unniyappam is considered as the special item of Vishu. Every house makes unniyappam for vishu

sarkara varatti



Sarkara varatti is one of the special dish for any sadya. You can eighter make it in your home or buy for the shop

Nurukku Upperi



Nurukku upperi also one of the banana chips. this also available in shops. So you can buy or make it home.

Ethakka Upperi



Ehtakka upperi is just banana chips. Since it served as side dish of a sadya it is called as ethakka upperi

Side Dishes Thorans, Dry Curries, Side Curries for sadya

On a sadhya there is lot of items. It can be classified as curries, pickles, dry curries, and thorans, Thorans or Mezhuku purattis are dry dishes made with vegetables like cabbage, okra and beans

Thorans, Upperi or Mezhukkupuratti

It is stir-fry with cabbage, beans,carrot or other vegetables available in Kerala. Even though all is sit-fries, the cooking method and dishes varies from place to place and the name also change as per that. For example payar Mezhukkupuratti is done in small flame with coconut oil and very little water in palakkad. In calicut, it is cooked in boiling water and later fries in coconut oil and known as payar upperi. It is known as payar thoran in Kannur and made with mixing payar with grated coconut.

Cabbage Thoran



Cabbage thoran or cabbage upperi is made with cooking cabbage in water and then sesoning it in oil with curry leaves, mustard oil and green chillies.

payar mezhukkupuratti



As I mentioned before, the payar mezhukkupuratti is one of the best thoran or upperi for any sadya. it is cooked in coconut oil in very low flame, and later seasoned it with curry leaves, green chillies etc.

Venda Upperi



Venda upperi or Okra thoran is another wonderful dish for any sadya. ad you know okra is very tasty and it can be cooked very easy. It is also cooked with little bit of chilli and salt in water and later seasoned in coconut oil with green chilies and curry leaves

Carrot Beans Thoran



Idichakka Thoran (Raw Jackfruit Stir Fry)



idichakka thoran is very popular in kerala and idichakka or jackfruit is widely available in kerala, on vishu season

Beans Thoran



Beans thoran is another popular dish of kerala. It is also known as beans upperi.

Side Curries for Sadya

Another group of items in sadya is side curries. it is not dry dish like thoran, but it is just curries with concentrated taste. It is added with main curries or with other side curries to make it tastiyer

Inji Curry or puli inchi


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Inji Curry, or simply Ginger curry, is a delicious Kerala dish usually served as part of Sadya. This curry is a mixture of ginger, tamarind, jaggery and green chillies. The combination of these different spices and ingredients gives this dish a sour, sweet and hot taste.

Kerala Olan



Olan is one of the wonderful side dish. I have seen people are just eating their full sadya with olan. If you make olan properly, make sure you are making enough. Otherwise you will run short, as your guest may eat the sadya w

1. Avial / Aviyal


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Avial, or aviyal is a scrumptious dish originated from the state of Kerala. This traditional dish is a mixture of vegetables, coconut, curd and spiced up with curry leaves and coconut oil. Avial is an important element of Sadya in Kerala. It is always included in every Kerala feast especially on auspicious occasions like Vishu and Onam. Want to try this recipe? You may find a simple Avial recipe here.



Kumbalanga pachadi is one of the wonderful dish for any sadya. Pachadi is normally made with yoghurt and some vegetable cooked with coconut paste. it is later seasoned with red chilies, mustard seeds and curry leaves. You can get kumbalanga pachadi recipe here

Mambazha Pulissery

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Mambazha Pulissery, a sweet and sour Kerala dish, is cooked with yogurt, curd, ripe mangoes and grated coconut. The combination of these ingredients gives off the delectable, tangy flavor to this traditional dish. This is simply a delight for every Kerala Sadya. Recipe here.

8. Chakka Puzhukku


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During the celebration of Vishu, there is pretty much abundance of jackfruit (chakka) in Kerala. That’s Keralites includes this dish that has jackfruit as its main ingredient in their Vishu Sadya. This traditional Kerala dish which is known as mashed Jackfruit is called Chakka Puzhukk. Recipe here.

kootu curry


Main Curries for Vishu Sadhya

Parippu Curry

Normally parippu curry is the first item to be served on sadya. parippu curry is served with little ghee on top of it. people some time mix banana piece to it to make sweet.

2. Sambar


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Sambar is a popular Indian dish, which is also included in every Vishu sadya. This delectable dish comes with different variations. Recipes differ in every region. Kerala-style Sambar is mixed vegetable curry that use dal as base. You can serve this with idli, dosa or rice. You may try cooking Sambar this coming Vishu using this Sambar recipe here.

12. Kaalan


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Kaalan, another important part of Sadya, is a traditional Kerala dish made of coconut, yogurt and vegetable like plantain and yam. It is rich of flavor, almost the same as avail but much more sour.

What is your way of celebrating Vishu? What are the recipes you include in your Sadya? Share with us in the comments section below…


You can have the last part of rice with rasam. Rasam will normally help to digest the food faster and healthier


Misc Dishes for Vishu Sadya

In kerala the cuisine changes as per the areas. You can see some items popular in south kerala and other items popular in north kerala. So you can see lot of local items in vishu sadya. Here is some

Beetroot kichadi

You can find recipe of this wonderful Beetroot kichadi here

Pickles and Touch ups

4. Mango Pickle


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No sadya is complete without Mango Pickle. This sweet, sour, spice and scrumptious delight is full of flavor which can make every feast a delectable one. It is easy to prepare and can be cooked days before the actual celebration. Here’s one Mango pickle recipe.

Cut Mango Pickle or Manga Achar

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Lemon Pickle


Desserts, Cakes and Appams for Vishu

5. Neyyappam


Neyyappam is a popular and tasty dessert in South India. Its main ingredients are rice flour and jaggery. The word “Neyyappam” is a combination of Neyy and Appam which translated to Ghee and pancake, respectively. Kids would surely love this snack! Here’s your easy-to-follow and simple Neyyappam recipe.

6. Vishu Kanji


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Here’s another traditional dish prepared for Vishu Sadya. Vishu Kanji is a rice porridge cooked with coconut milk, salt, puliavarakka and garnished with grated coconut. Recipe here.

9. Cherupayar Parippu Pradhaman


Payasam is a traditional Kerala dessert which is usually prepared in auspicious occasions and festivities like Vishu. Without payasam, no Kerala sadya is complete. There are different types of payasam. However, Kerala-style payasam are usually cooked with jaggery and coconut milk. Cheru Parippu Pradhaman is moong dal lentil with yellow color, slightly fried in ghee and cooked with coconut milk. Roasted coconut bits and ginger are added for more flavors. Recipe here.

10. Pal Ada Prathaman



Another traditional dish of Kerala, Pal Ada Prathaman is cooked with coconut milk and jaggery. Rice flakes or ada are used in making different kinds of payasams. There are different version of cooking Pal Ada Prathaman. Depending which one suit your taste, you can find different recipes that you can follow. Recipe here.

11. Pal Payasam


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Like I said earlier, Payasam is an important part of Vishu Sadya and it comes with many different versions. Another variation of Payasam is Pal Payasam, which is prepared with rice, sugar and milk. Pal Payasam Recipe.

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Happy Vishu!

Happy Vishu

Ellavarkkum nanma niranja vishu aasamsakal!

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