Parippu Pradhaman/ Pasi parippu payasam

Being brought up in an area surrounded by temples has had a huge impact in my childhood. If you are thinking about spiritual or religious kind, then think again!  I am talking about food – in the form of Prasadam!

We had a lot of friends staying near by and none of us go to the temples on a regular basis. But on the day of Pradosham, we rush out to the temple, the minute the bell for the Prasadam rings. That sound of the bell was almost like the Pied Piper’s music – it used to bring out all the children in the area to the temple!

We would wait in the temple for the pooja procedures to get over, counting the minutes till we get that yummy payasam in our hands. The little hush-hush conversations to fill the time, suppressed giggles when elders stare at us for talking when the pooja is going on, standing in the queue for getting the payasam and the heavenly payasam itself, given out in a small piece of banana leaf – are all part of my childhood. 

At times I would even request for a second scoop because the first helping was really small. I have never had any luck with that though! The run towards home licking off the payasam from the leaf, forms the most memorable (and the most important) part. If we don’t finish it before we reach home, my father would ‘deduct taxes’ from our share! The near by Ganapathy temple distributes Appam as prasadam, which is my son’s favorite.

I sometimes think the current generation neither gets the opportunity nor is interested in savoring these simple experiences in life. Theirs is more of a virtual escape (TV and Internet). But when I saw my son literally bringing the front gate down (shouting Appam! Appam! at the top of his voice), because the bell for prasadam was ringing and the gate was locked, my belief in life has returned!

For this week’s Blog Hop Wednesday, I am paired with Sangeetha of Typical Indian Cooking. After pondering over the huge list of recipes there, I decided to try out the jaggery based Pasi parippu Payasam. It kind of reminded me of my ‘childhood payasam days’.

The payasam was great, I really loved it. I have halved the given recipe in Sangee’s blog as my husband is a ‘sweet – hater’ (Yeah, I can’t believe it too!).

Ingredients:

  • Moong Dal                                       :             1/2 cup
  • Jaggery                                             :             1/2 cup
  • Milk                                                    :             3/4 cup
  • Cardamom Powder                      :             1/2 tsp
  • Cashews/Almonds/ Raisins/Bite sized Coconut slices  : handful
  • Ghee                                                  :              2 tbsp

Method:  

  1. Wash and cook moong dal with 1.5 cups water in pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  2. Powder the jaggery.
  3. In a thick bottomed vessel, add the cooked dal and jaggery together. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring continuously till the jaggery is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil. Add the cardamom powder, 1 tbsp ghee. Cook for a further 3-5 minutes.
  4. Switch off the heat. Add milk and mix. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add some more milk.
  5. In a small pan, heat one tbsp ghee. Add the mix of cashews, sliced almonds, raisins and sliced coconuts. Fry till they turn slightly brown and you get a nice aroma. Add to the payasam.
  6. The payasam can be served hot or cold. Its delicious either way.

Note:

Check out the original recipe here.

You can add coconut milk instead of milk in this recipe. You need to cook it a bit after adding the coconut milk though.

Radhika’s post about Akkaravadisal for the last Blog Hop Wednesdays was the trigger for this post!

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22 responses to “Parippu Pradhaman/ Pasi parippu payasam

  1. loved the authentic recipe and the ethnic clicks too !! and i must say Rajni, I love the way you write too (just last last blog hop’s imaginary story from ur son) and this time the payasam on the banana leaf !

    Kalyani
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    New event: Strawberry desserts all this October

  2. Payasam looks very delicious Rajini and u r so right about the differences in generations….but i guess they will find the roots sooner or later

  3. Looks very nice…i have never tasted this payasam but ready to give this a try.

  4. Yummy payasam. Looks so delicious! I too can relate to your experiences. It was so much fun as kids..

  5. life’ styles r changing with the times…wish those values dont change…payasam looks grt:)

  6. Enjoyed reading your post…you made me nostalgic…really our kids are missing some natural part of life…that too kids growing in abroad :(
    Thanx for trying outy recipe…moongdal payasam came out really good n very nice presentation…
    @dates payasam…the reason for split…you may added less warm milk to the boiled dates water…sorry dear…hope you will try next time :)

  7. Very yummy looking Payasam…Nice post

  8. That looks really great.. Such a easy recipe

  9. love this payasam anytime!

  10. rajini- got nostalgic reading your post and I so agree with the pied -piper part; lovely presentation of the payasam

  11. Looking delicious and wonderful clicks!!!!

  12. that payasam looks amazing….and great clicks too
    charishma

  13. Inviting Payasam dear .. even I loved this version. Seriously I cant believe your husband is a sweet hater :) .. Lucky u, never would bother for his weight gain :P

  14. I love this healthy version of payasam, looks very delicious.

  15. simply delicious and mouthwatering yum!

  16. I utterly love the combo. I can lick Oops eat i mean any amount of it.

  17. akila

    payasam is my favorite… loved it..
    Dish Name Starts With K
    Learning-to-cook
    Regards,
    Akila

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