Sadya is a well-balanced meal traditionally served on a banana leaf, preferably a 'thooshanila' (the part including the tip of the leaf). It is believed that the fresh banana leaf enhances the flavour of the dishes served hot on it. Sounds tasty, right? You all might have had the traditional lunch sadya for Onam or Vishu or during a wedding. But what if this iconic sadya is served with a twist for breakfast, and dinner? Yummy!
Brahmanal restaurant located at Mattoor-Nedumbassery Airport Road in Kalady, offers three types of dining establishments - a coffee shop at the entrance, a vegetarian restaurant on the ground floor, and a sadyalayam on the top floor. Aside from the rave reviews for the restaurant and cafe's authentic taste, sadyalayam is also enticing customers with its unique offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This restaurant, run by the Sreedhareeyam group, aims to provide traditional vegetarian feasts that would satisfy your hearts and tummies alike.
Their breakfast sadya includes cornflakes, steamed bananas, traditional Indian breakfast dishes, tea or coffee, and kesari. Lunch sadya is all about the traditional vegetarian dishes from Kerala accompanied by mouthwatering ada and jaggery payasams. The dinner sadhya includes various salads, fruit juices, vegetable soups, and the main meal you have chosen. What's even better is that you can eat to your heart’s content for an affordable price.
“I believe that sadya should be eaten by enjoying the flavours. It should be tasty, satisfying and great for the gut too. So, we have arranged a sadya which offers the unique flavours of our breakfast items. Dosas could be made in myriad ways. Food items like idlis that are cooked in steam have many nutritional benefits. Kerala style puttu and upma are unique items. Most of the ingredients that are added in them are really beneficial for our bodies. Breakfast is the meal that could pack in all this goodness. Meanwhile, the sadya that is served for lunch has an array of flavours and dishes served in multiple courses. The meal that is served in the evening reflects the unique culture and dietary habits from various parts of India,” says Hari N Namboothiri, Vice Chairman, Sreedhareeyam Group.
Brahmanal restaurant was inspired by the massive success of the patient canteen at Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital in Kottayam. Management’s goal was to provide affordable dishes free from adulterants, contaminations, and careless preparation.
“My greatest joy in life has been to feed others. It must be because of the upbringing that I began feeling that way. Lots of guests used to visit our home and it was the kids’ duty to serve them food. When they are happy and satisfied, they would bless us by serving them delicious food. That was a great feeling. I don’t know whether you can make someone genuinely happy by gifting something. However, it indeed is a joyous feeling when others feel satisfied after enjoying a meal served by you. That’s what inspired me to open ‘Brahmnal’. I have no words to express the impeccable joy that I enjoy when I am here,” says Hari.
The restaurant's customers are greeted with a cute image of a grandmother known as Brahmanal Mami. Like granny's homemade food, the restaurant aims to offer customers hearty and healthy meals. The restaurant's management is pleased with positive customer feedback and wishes to expand to more locations.