In Kerala,our main dessert is called payasam which, the combination is either coconut milk or cow’s milk.Usually the one we call as “pal payasam”,consists of paalu aka cow’s milk and sugar.Most of the temples offer super tasty ‘pal payasam’s to their Gods,nonetheless, the stories of pal payasam are mostly connected with Lord Krishna/Vishnu.One of such a famous offering in Kerala is Ambalappuzha Pal Payasam.This is a special offering in a well-known Krishna Temple at Ambalappuzha.Even if it’s made with rice,milk and sugar,this payasam is a special awesome taste and the colour of the payasam will be light pink.I have the recipe of the same which I will post later.
The other payasam or kheer we prepare is called ‘prathaman’ which use jaggery and coconut milk as ingredients.I think I have described lot about that in my Kadalapparippu prathaman
.Personally I am an admirer of prathaman.It involves lots of hardwork and time,still the favourite of majority.
Here is one ‘odd’ payasam combining both coconut milk and milkmaid.The recipe belongs to Lakshmi Nair,a culinary expert from Kerala.She is hosting the super-hit show called magic oven and have 3 published works to her credit.Her recipes always work with me and family like it’s just made for us.With broken wheat and coconut milk,this is one very easy payasam to make in times of urgency.I made it to celebrate the overwhelming victory of India in World Cup ! Such a unique pleasure to cherish in a lifetime !! Chak De India !!..
1/2 cup broken wheat
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tin milkmaid
3 cups of thin coconut milk (randam paal)
1.5 cups thick coconut milk
1/2 cardamom powder
1 tbsp ghee
cashew nuts,raisins as needed (I used peanuts )
- Wash and drain the broken wheat.Shift it to a pressure cooker along with thin coconut milk and sugar.Pressure cook this for 25 minutes.After the first whistle,reduce the flame and cook till 6 whistles.
- Open the cooker and add the thick coconut milk.Mix well and bring it to a boil.
- Add milkmaid and mix well.Add cardamom powder and remove from heat.
- Heat ghee in a small skillet and fry cashew nuts and raisins.Pour this over payasam along with the ghee.
- Serve hot.
This payasam goes to Priya’s & Aipi’s Bookmarked Recipes.