Sadya is always served on a banana leaf and there are some prescribed rules for the way the dishes are served. There were 17 items on the menu excluding rice! Four different curries, pickles, chutneys, banana chips, pappadum, sambar, rasam and two different payasams (sweet dishes).
Unlike the west the meal is eaten with single minded concentration, there is no talk while eating. The meal is eaten using your right hand, various curries are mixed with rice, much like an artist mixing colours on his pallete and after you finish you fold your banana leaf and make place for the next person.
So next time you are in kerala try this meal and don’t forget to burp after the meal, it means you have eaten your full and have enjoyed your meal!!