The high point of this festival is the Onam Sadhya, which is a lavish 5-course meal served on a fresh, green banana leaf. The number of items served during this meal are typically between 35 to 50. The first course consists of rice and parippu, the second, rice and sambar, the third course is rice and puliserry, the fourth, payasam and banana, and the fifth is curd rice with ginger chutney. The rice traditionally served is brown rice. The first three courses are accompanied by a variety of side dishes like avial, thoran, kootu, pachadi, kichhadi, pickle, chips, chutneys and pappadom.