Onam is Kerala's own festival celebrated in the month of 'Chingam'. It is celebrated by people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, religion etc.
Making a flower carpet or 'pookalam' is a must for Onam.
It is said that Kerala was ruled by a very people-friendly and loving king 'Mahabali'. And Onam is a celebration where in you welcome him into our homes every year. :) So a big feast is prepared on the 'Thiru Onam' day.
Celebrations include snake boat races, 'thiruvathirakali' ( dance perfomed by the ladies), 'ujanlattam' ( swinging very high on swings made out of coir tied on the bark of trees) etc.
Must say this was one of the best Onam that I had...Our house was full and I had my cute lil cousins visiting us. I haven't seen them since 11 years! :) We all were busy in the morning putting the 'pookalam' ( flower carpet) while Amma was sweating in the kitchen making lunch. Yes, lunch and NO sadya :) We took an easy way out this time with our fave Chicken Biriyani :)
But we had our favourite Vermicelli & Sago Payasam to end our meal with :)
♥Vermicelli & Sago Payasam♥
Recipe by my mom
Vermicelli - 200g ,roasted
Sugar-1 cup -1 1/2 cup
Cardamom pods- 4,crushed
Ghee/Clarified butter-4 tbsp
- Heat ghee and fry the nuts and raisins in it till golden brown. Reserve.
- Soak sago in water for 30 mins.Boil for 10 mins or till it is cooked.
- Mix and cook roasted vermicelli, sago and milk. Let it boil.
- Add sugar and stir continously till the sugar dissolves.
- Let it thicken. It will take approx 20-25 mins.
- Add the cardamom powder and mix.
- Garnish with nuts and raisins.
- Serve hot /well chilled.
This payasam is my mom's favourite .It is milky and mildly sweet. We love it when it is eaten warm. I love biting into the sago ...somehow it fascinates me :)