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Busy this #Onam? Check out our 5 recipes for a minimalist sadya

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While Onam stands knocking on your partially decorated door, you're still locked in the files that need to be updated, deadlines to be met, and promises to be kept at work.

All said and done, Onam cannot be ignored; it's the festival that brings in nostalgia, the pangs of a busy life and a feverish need to take a break. And Onasadya is an inevitable part of Onam celebrations; all the merriment is ultimately directed towards the colors in the avial, the crack of the pappadam and slurp-worthiness of the payasam. But how do you balance work and make merry this season, especially if you're part of a nuclear family?

Have you started to get frantic calls from home in a bid to plan the Onam for you and dictate the recipes over the phone? Are you inching towards calling it quits and looking at options to eat out this Onam? We've a better idea – taking the minimalist approach.

We've a list of easy-to-make recipes to help you relish that Onasadya, wherever you are! So why book a table when you can make magic in the kitchen with minimal effort?

Sambar

Tasty sambar is the easiest to make. For it to sit pretty on the rice, it should be of the right consistency—not too runny, not too thick. Watch the video recipe here and make the sambar that gets you nostalgic.

Papaya green gram thoran

Papaya Green Gram Thoran

You obviously cannot do without a thoran. Let's try a different one than the usual stir-fry dishes. Papaya is available in the markets now, so take a semi-ripe one home to cook up this thoran. Be sure, your family is going to love it.

Olan

It's a wonder how such a delicious dish can be made so easily. Olan will practically get you sailing through the preparations, and it would be just the dish your little ones might take to.

Moru curry

Ash gourd moru curry

The heart of a quintessential Onasadya is the moru curry; the simplest of all dishes that exemplifies the festival itself.

Payasam

Everyone looks to be awed by the payasam for Onasadya. And surprise them you will, with an out-of-the-world tender coconut payasam. Not to worry, it's easier than it looks!

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