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Friday, April 15, 2011

Sweet Beginnings - Paal payasam - Milk 'n rice pudding

The blog has been silent for a while now.....and this time, it is not without reason. I have moved from one city to another and have been busy setting up our new home and getting accustomed to a new language and new surroundings.
The first festival that we celebrate in this home is Vishu - the first day of the Malayalam month Medam. Wiki has more information on how Vishu is celebrated. I have talked about the Vishu of my childhood in this post.
No celebration of an Indian festival is complete without a sweet dish. Vishu is no exception. Traditionally, payasam is made and offered to God. Vishnu being the presiding deity of this festival, I decided to make his favourite - paal payasam.

What you need:
Payasam rice - a handful (This is a special kind of broken matta rice that is available in Kerala or in Kerala stores. In the absence of this, you can use raw rice)
Milk - 1 litre
Sugar - 1 cup, heaped (adjust to taste)

Wash rice well. Add milk to it and cook in a pressure cooker until one whistle and then reduce the flame to low and cook for another 10 minutes. Switch off heat and let the steam settle down.
Open the lid carefully....stir well and add sugar. On low heat, let the payasam cook further until it starts thickening and develops a pinkish colour. This will take a good 30 to 45 minutes. Make sure that the heat is low and that you stir once in a while.
Usually, cardamom powder,nuts, or raisins are not added to paal payasam as it is said to deter from the taste. I have stuck to that rule and kept the payasam simple.

15 comments:

sowmya's creative saga said...

nice click..yumm

lata raja said...

happy that you could celebrate the festival amidst busy settling down. paal payasam looks absolutely delicious.

savitha ramesh said...

paal payasam looks great.happy new year.

Vimitha Anand said...

Hearty Vishu wishes to everyone and that dish is a yummy and great beginning for the year...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Happy new year dear, Hope you adjust well in new situations, good luck :)

Priya said...

Payasam looks soo creamy and rich..Happy vishu wishes..

Renu said...

wishing you all the best in your new place..where have you gone?

Srivalli said...

Good to hear that you are settling down Jay. Will surely miss you..payasam looks good..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

A very Happy Vishu to you and your family. Payasam looks so soothing and mouthwatering. You truly have created a wonderful preparation.
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Suparna said...

hope u had a nice celebration, happy settling down :) yummy payasam.

sra said...

Happy new year to you! Hope you're doing well. Tell the li'l one I'll put her a karate. :)

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Milk n rice pudding looks yummy.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks amazingly mouthwatering..tempting n yummy..
First time here..u hv a wonderful space..visit mine as time permits..
Sanyukta
http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

Archana Vivek said...

looks yumm..Nice take of photo too.

Swati Sapna said...

Hey jayashree!
passing on an award to your lovely blog and keeping the blog chain alive :D do collect it from my blog.
looking forward to many more delicious recipes from you!