Celebrate Onam with the Gutsy Chutney this year.
Onam is a festival celebrated by the Malayalees to welcome Mahabali, the demon king who ruled the kingdom for a long period with happiness, health and wealth until the Devas who were insecure of his popularity banished him to the nether world with the help of Vamana, the child avatar of Vishnu. As his last wish, he asked to be allowed to come back to Earth to visit his subjects once a year. This day is celebrated as Onam by Malayalees around the world.
An Indian festival is a lot of things, but none of them more important than the food. And for Onam this is an elaborate 'sadhya' (banquet in Malayalam) of 24-26 dishes served on a banana leaf. No onion or garlic is used in the preparation of this feast and coconut, found abundantly in Kerala, makes its way into a lot of the dishes. The dishes are all laid out in a specific order on the top half of the banana leaf with mild and palate cleansing dishes to the right hand side of the leaf and the more flavourful dishes to the left hand side.
The selection of curries and stirfries are had over 2-3 courses of rice so this is definitely a 'one big meal a day' kind of feast!