Thursday, September 8, 2011

Idichu Pizhinja Payasam | Chadhachadhayam



In my previous few posts I have been writing Onam is just round the corner, 2 more days to go etc, and Onam is already here. So tomorrow is Thiruvonam. Everybody must be busy shopping for their Ona Kodi (New Clothes), Ona Sadhya and also preparing for the Pookolam.

No, festive meal is complete without a payasam and so is the case with the Onasadhya. So today’s post is a Payasam – Idichu Pizhinja Payasam. The star ingredient of this payasam is coconut milk, and we all know how it is extracted, by grinding and squeezing scraped fresh coconut. In olden days, when there were no blenders or mixers, people used to pound the scraped coconut in a stone mortar. Idichu in Malayalm refers to pounding and pizhinja means squeezing and hence the name.

 This payasam also known as chathachathayam is offered as Neivedyam, during Navarathri at our Annapoorneshwari Temple in my native place Puthucode. The highlight of the Navarathri Sadhya is the Navarathri Pulinkari and this payasam. Though I have not had the chance to taste the prasadam, my brother has had it many times and he has no words to describe it. He just loves it. So what are we waiting for, let’s get straight to the recipe:



What you’ll need:

1.       Rice: ¼ cup
2.       Powdered Jaggery – 1 cup
3.       Coconut Milk – From 1 big coconut/ readymade coconut milk – 200ml
4.       Ghee – 1 tsp

Method

1.       Wash and drain rice. Cook the rice in a pressure cooker by adding water in the ratio of 1:3.
2.       Scrape the fresh coconut. Now to extract coconut milk:
a.       Blend the scraped coconut in a mixie or blender. Squeeze the milk out and strain it. This is the first milk.
b.      Now add about 1 cup of warm water to the coconut residue and blend it again. Squeeze out the milk in another vessel and strain it. This is the second milk.
c.       Now add about 2 to 2 ½ cups of warm water to the coconut residue and blend it again. Squeeze out the milk in yet another vessel and strain. This is the third milk.
3.       Heat a heavy bottomed Kadai or vessel; add the jaggery and the 3rd milk, mix well.  Let the jaggery dissolve completely. Strain for impurities and put it back on heat. Let this boil for about 5 minutes till the raw smell of the jaggery is gone.
4.       Now mash the cooked rice well and add it to the jaggery and coconut milk. Mix well without any lumps. Let this boil for about 3 to 4 minutes or till the rice and jaggery are well blended.
5.       Now add the second milk and let it boil for 5 to 6 minutes or till the payasam starts thickening a bit.
6.       Now, remove from flame, and add the thickest milk or the first milk. Stir well. Add a teaspoon of ghee for flavor.
Yummy and tasty Payasam is ready to be served. Tastes best when served warm.



Note:

Store bought readymade coconut milk can be used. If using readymade milk, dilute half of the coconut milk with about 2 cups of water and proceed as mentioned above. But the payasam tastes best when made with fresh coconut milk.

Here are links to few other recipes for Onam:

Sambar
Kalan
Olan
Idichakka Thoran
Beans Carrot Thoran
Paal Payasam
Paruppu Payasam

Linking this to Kerala Kitchen, hosted by Divya.

Wishing all my readers and friends a very Happy Onam.




39 comments:

Prathima Rao said...

This looks good!!!! Nice clicks too..Loved the traditional vessel....
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Radhika said...

I love sadasadhayam for its creamy texture and thickness. Superb Clicks. Happy onam wishes to you and ur family Kaveri.

Jayashree said...

Happy Onam, Kaveri.....

Loveandcalories said...

Happy Onam to you too!! Idichu Pizhinju payasam looks so authentic!!

Prathibha said...

nice n yummy payasam..happy onam

Umm Mymoonah said...

Rice with coconut milk , that's a winning combo. Looks very delicious.

Rani acharyulu said...

Hi Kaveri,adorable traditional Payasam Patra looks so nice...Happy Onam to you and your family

aipi said...

Very decadent n festive it looks ~ wonderful presentation!
Onam wishes to you n your family dear :)
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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Happy Onam Dear!!! Delicious Payasam,luks yum...

Pushpa said...

Happy Onam!! Payasam looks delicious.

Uma said...

Happy Onam Dear!!! Perfect pictures for the recipes. Flowers make the picture so authentic and beasutiful. Love them absolutely.

Cheers,
Uma

Suja said...

Creamy and rich,delicious payasam..
Happy onam dear

sangee vijay said...

wow...payasam recipe looks so delectable...very nicely presented with authentic touch..liked it..
Happy Onam wishes to u n your family :)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Happy Onam, payasam looks fantastic.

Gopika Ram said...

Love this payasam :) Looks so yummy..

Happy Onam dear :)

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Hv tasted this one n i can imagine can actually fly off. such an wonderful one..Happy Onam..

Priti said...

Hope you have a wonderful celebration ....this looks yum

Ramya said...

looks yum..

notyet100 said...

Happy festival,payasam looks delicious

divya said...

Look yummy!!

Sobha Shyam said...

I havent tasted this payasam, but this looks divine dear, a delicious and lovely recipe..

Vidhya said...

Payasam looks delicious.Wish you and your family a happy Onam.

Gayathri NG said...

Happy Onam wishes..Its first time here and u have a nice collection of recipes..glad to know u...

Priya said...

Happy onam wishes Kaveri, payasam looks super delicious and fantastic..

Kalyani's Platter said...

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ANU said...

wow never heard of this payasam...sounds yummy...awesome clicks....
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Biny Anoop said...

I want it now dear.....like the presentatn

Jay said...

a very happy onam to you too dear..awesome cliks..
with lovely recipe..:)
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Now Serving said...

Payasam looks SO delicious and I love the color and presentation :)

Kalyan said...

You can really feel the smell of the payasam from the pics itself...just looks mouthwatering.

Neha said...

Lovely payasam dear....

Food Glorious Food! said...

Wonderful pics and love your recipe!

Swathi said...

Happy onam to you and your family.payasam looks delicious.

Roshan said...

the payasam looks mouthwatering and yummy...

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SouthIndianHome said...

Lovely clicks.Payasam looks inviting

schmetterlingwords said...

Hi Kaveri, thanks for visiting my space and for your comments. Hope you would enjoy your stay :)

You too have a lovely blog here.All your onam sadya recipes are good. Glad to follow you too.. Happy Onam :)

annewalker said...

That recipe looks yummy. Such a mouthwatering dish. Thanks for sharing. That recipe will come handy for this coming Onam Festival ;-)

Keep posting,
Anne
Send warmest Onam Wishes

Unknown said...

I thought they used broken wheat(Lapsi)for this???

Unknown said...

I thought they used broken wheat(Lapsi)for this???

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