Onam, Kerala's most popular harvest festival, is marked by lavish feasts. Here are some delicious vegan recipes to help you celebrate Onam the vegan way!


Adapted from a recipe by Rainbow Event Management

1/2 cup grated coconut

5 green chillies

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp rice

3 Tbsp coconut oil 

4 cups sliced vegetables (eg, yams, snake gourds, carrots, runner beans, drumsticks, raw bananas, white pumpkins, raw mangos, etc)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt, to taste

1 cup peanut curd (see recipe below)

Curry leaves

  • Grind the coconut, green chillies, cumin seeds and rice into a paste and set aside.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Add the vegetables and cook on a low flame.
  • When the vegetables are cooked through, add the turmeric powder and salt, mix well, and cover.
  • When steam comes out, add the peanut curd and the coconut paste and stir well.
  • Garnish with the curry leaves and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Peanut Curd 

150 g raw, unroasted peanuts

1/2 litre water

1/4 tsp lime juice or rejuvelac 

  • Soak the peanuts for 4 hours or overnight. Peel off the skins, then grind into a very fine, smooth paste.
  • Add the water, mix, then strain to extract the "peanut milk". Stir and bring to a boil slowly over low heat. Cool to room temperature.
  • Set the curds using the lime juice (or curd starter )

Makes 4 servings

Ada Pradaman 

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1/2 cup ada

1 cup grated jaggery 

1 cup water

2 cups coconut milk

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

1/4 cup chopped nuts or seeds (cashews, raisins, pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds)

  • Heat 1 tablespoonful of the coconut oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Add the ada and cook for 2 minutes.
  • In another pot, combine the jaggery and water and boil down until a syrup is formed. Strain to remove any impurities.
  • Add the syrup to the ada and cook until slightly thickened.
  • Add the coconut milk and cardamom powder and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened to the desired consistency.
  • Fry the nuts or seeds in the remaining coconut oil. Add to the mixture and cook for 2 more minutes.

Makes 4 servings

Happy Onam!