25 September 2017Last updated

Food | Recipes

Where to eat Onam sadhya in the UAE

Leave the cutlery at home and dig in

Shreeja Ravindranathan
30 Aug 2017 | 04:29 pm
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This year, September 4 marks the Keralite harvest festival of Onam.

As Malayalis across the UAE will be feasting on the traditional Onasadhya, you can join in on the fun too and give the traditional feast served on a plantain leaf a go.

While our food columnist gives you a quick run through on sadhya etiquette, glossary and how and what to eat, here’s our lowdown on where you can grab a takeaway parcel or join in millions of Malayali’s for a lavish dine-in experience of over 20 different vegetarian dishes.

Warning: you will leave stuffed.


1. Nalukettu, Dubai Grand Hotel

Sadhya will be served only on Thiruvonam day, September 4

24 dishes

Cost Dh55 for dine in and Dh59 for takeaway

Call 04 261 5688

2. Palm Grove, Marco Polo Hotel

Sadhya will be served on September 4.

25 dishes including two payasams

Cost Dh49

From 12.30pm-4pm

Call 04 272 0743


3. Kolam restaurant, Sharjah

Onasadhya will be served on September 4 for Thiruvonam, the main day of the festivities and the following Friday on September 8.

28 dishes including five different payasams

From 11am-3.30pm

4. Family Palace restaurant, Maliha Road, Muwailih Commercial, Sharjah

September 4

From 12pm-3pm

29 dishes including three payasams

Cost Dh33 for dine-in and Dh34 for parcel

The restaurant will also be hosting a payasam festival simultaneously where you can try 5 different varieties of payasam such as elaneer (tender coconut) payasam, fruits payasam, ada pradhaman, ambalapuzha palpaysam and palada pradhama. From Dh30 per litre.

Call 06 535 8331


5. Ruchi Restaurant, Madinat Zayed Abu Dhabi

Cost Dh35 for takeaway and dine-in on September 4

26 different dishes including two types of payasams and mambazha pullissery

From 11.30am-3.30pm

Call 02 679 2679

6. Calicut Notebook, Abu Dhabi

Sadhya will be served on September 4

From 11am-4.30pm.

Cost Dh35 for 25 different dishes

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan