Friday, April 15, 2011

Nei Payasam

Wishing all my friends a very Happy Vishu.

Payasam is a must to celebrate any festival and same goes with Vishu. Generally my MIL would have gone with Paal Payasam, but since we had made it only two days back for Sri Rama Navami, decided on making another traditional payasam i.e Nei Payasam. It is also called Kadu Madhura Payasam i.e. very sweet payasam.

This Payasam is very special in Kerala temples. It is also made as a prasadam on the occasion of Bagavathy Sevai – a special pooja conducted between mid July and August to please Devi.
So here’s the recipe for this divine treat:


Ingredients

1. Rice – 1 cup
2. Powdered Jaggery – 2 ½ cups
3. Ghee – 3 – 4 tblsp
4. Cardamom Powder – little
5. Coconut cut into small pieces – a handful

Method

Wash rice well. Add 3 cups water and cook the rice in pressure cooker for 3 whistles. In the meanwhile, heat a heavy bottom vessel; add the powdered jaggery and about ¼ cup of water. When the jaggery dissolves completely, strain for impurities and pour it back into the same vessel. Let this jaggery syrup boil for a few minutes till the syrup starts thickening. Mash the cooked rice and add it to the jaggery syrup. Mix well. Now keep stirring for few minutes. Add about 2 tblsps of ghee. Mix well. Keep stirring till the Payasam starts leaving the sides of the vessel and reaches a saucy consistency. Do not cook for very long as this will become very hard once it cools down.

In a small frying pan, heat 1 tblsp of ghee, add the chopped coconut pieces and fry till golden brown. Add these to the payasam. Also add the cardamom powder and mix well.

Delicious nei payasam is ready to eat.


Note:

This payasam is generally very sweet, so you can’t eat more than 3 to 4 spoons at one go. But you can reduce the sweetness according to your taste.

Sending this to Celebrate Sweets - Sweets with Rice Event by Niveditha hosted by Priya.

26 comments:

Nandini said...

Very droolworthy payasam! I just want to grab it right away!

Sonia said...

Hi Kaveri. This is looking absolutely delightful. Very nicely made and presented. I wud love to give it a shot on the coming weekend... Have a great day !

VK said...

I'm gonna land in Hyd right now Kaveri!!
Great recipe and I love your presentation.

VK said...

Wishing You and family a Very Happy Vishu!

savitha ramesh said...

Wishing u happy vishu.love the colour and texture.

Priya said...

Nei payasam makes me drool,truly inviting...Happy Vishu wishes to u and ur family Kaveri...

Thanks for sending this wonderful payasam to Cs..

Sobha Shyam said...

Wishing you too a very Happy Vishu..Neipayasam looks delicious...do drop in at my blog as well..
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Swathi said...

Happy vishu to you and your family. Nei payasam is my favorite.

Vidhya said...

Happy Vishu to you and your family.Nei payasam look so delicious.You do have a wonderful space with so many authentic recipes that are hard to find.Thank you for stopping by my space and I am waiting for your entry.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Happy Vishu to u also dear !! payasam looks so delicious and YUM !!

Mehjabeen Arif said...

kaveri this is so elegant.. simple n i bet it tastes wonderful.. i am bookmarking it for later.. thanks :)

Kalpana Sareesh said...

it looks divine..

anthony stemke said...

Nice dessert item, simple and special.

Padhu said...

Looks so inviting

Ila said...

Simply inviting and delicious :)

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks amazingly mouthwatering..tempting n yummy..
First time here..u hv a wonderful space..visit mine as time permits..
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Pushpa said...

Looks divine.Happy belated Vishu Kaveri.

Jay said...

authentic n delicious..
Tasty Appetite

Suma Gandlur said...

Love this traditional dish any day.

aipi said...

A classic dessert- looks scrumptious!
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Now Serving said...

pramadhama irruku pakarthikey - Ana paathaley weight podra type naanu :) Yummy kaveri :)

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Drooling over ur pics! superb..
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