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Serving your Vishu Sadhya


  • Traditionally the banana leaf is placed with the tapered side facing the left of the person eating.

  • The Vishu Sadhya is served in a specific order beginning with Upperi and Sarkara Varatti on  the left side of the banana leaf

  • Place the various side dishes one after the other on the top portion of the leaf

  • Serve the rice on the lower half of the leaf

  • The feast begins with a bite of Parippu curry, rice and ghee


As explained in 'The upper half  (of the banana leaf) has a boundary of sturdier dishes that sit in place like koottukari and thoran; the lower half has the runnier ones like rasam, sambar, and payasam, that could potentially flow out. On the narrower end on the left are condiments and items eaten in small portions, such as pickles and chips, with the more substantial items placed closer to the wider right and bottom—a format designed to eat easily with the right hand.'



Vishu is one of the major festivals of Kerala and some of its neighbouring regions. It marks the beginning of the Malayalam New Year. Vishu marks the spring equinox, celebrate an abundant harvest and is also believed to be the day when Krishna killed demon Narkasura. Vishu is brings in new hopes and aspirations. Vishu is also a day of feasting with the Sadhya being a highlight. A Sadhya is a banquet served during festivals and family celebrations. It contains sweet, salty, sour and bitter items and can have anywhere above 12 dishes with some of them having 100+ items. Just Kerala's Vishu Sadhya contains 26 delectable dishes. Read on to understand how the Vishu Sadhya should be arranged.

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