Onam Sadhya at Zambar, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon: A Vegetarian Treat!
12th September 2019

Please note: This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant to taste their food, and no bill was presented to the author. While the author assures you of objectivity, the review may be influenced by the personalized attention the author got.

I was invited by Zambar to taste their Onam Sadhya meal. It was one of the rare occasions that I enjoyed and savoured a pure vegetarian meal so much.

As many of you know, Onam is an annual Harvest festival in Kerala. It happens typically in August–September. According to legends, the festival is celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.

Onam Sadhya is a celebratory meal that is prepared during Onam. Sadhya is a vegetarian meal which is served on a banana leaf. Sadhya is a variety of vegetarian dishes traditionally served on a banana leaf in Kerala normally cooked on the special occasions like Onam. During a traditional Sadhya people are seated cross-legged on mats and served the meal. Food is eaten with the right hand, without cutlery. A Sadhya could have as many as 64 dishes. Some say the reason for including so many dishes in Sadhya is to ensure that the diners will like at least some of the dishes.

Here, a total of 27 different things were served on a banana leaf. The main dish was plain Kerala boiled rice, served along with other dishes collectively called Kootan, which included Sharkara Upperi, Nendran Chips, Jack fruit chips, Inji Puli, Kalan, Olan, Aviyal, Eriserry, Kootu Curry, Cabbage Thoran, Beans Mezhukkupuratti, Thiyal, Kichadi Beetroot, Pineapple Pachadi, Mambazha Puliserry, Choru, Parippu Curry, Sambar, Rasam, Moru Curry, Pappadam. The meal ended with two sweet dishes - Pal Payasam and Ada Paradhaman. I don’t understand most of the names, but the palate understood and loved the flavour and texture contrast of all the dishes. The dish I took two helpings of was Pineapple Pachadi which was for me the highlight of the meal!

Really wish such delicious vegetarian feasts are available to us on a regular basis!

Ratings (Out of 5)

Food: 4.0 | Ambience: 4.0 | Service: 4.0 | Value: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0

Meal for two: Rs 2000 | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Wheel chair friendly: Yes

Address: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, DLF Phase 3, Sector 24, Gurgaon, Haryana 122001. Tel: +91 9958564400, 0124 4665639

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