Wednesday, September 2, 2009

♥Vermicelli & Sago Payasam♥ A peek into our Onam Celebration ♥


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

Ingredients
Vermicelli - 200g ,roasted
Milk-2 ltrs
Sugar-1 cup -1 1/2 cup
Sago-50 g
Water-2 cups
Cashewnuts-25 g
Raisins-25 g
Cardamom pods- 4,crushed
Ghee/Clarified butter-4 tbsp

Method:
  • 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 :)














16 Comments:

Rachel said...

Lovely post..I had a sumptuous sadya courtesy my Mum!

Zaara said...

Happy Onam - your pics are beautiful - the flowers and the pookalam look gorgeous!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Happy Onam to you!! The flower carpet looks great, I usually make something similar during diwali, since making a huge rangoli is not something I can do!!

P.S - Payasam is one of the few south indian treas I've tasted, and I LOVED it :)

Janice said...

Thank you for sharing your photographs, the flowers are so beautiful.

Smitha said...

Great pics Ria.
I miss home so much. Nalla payasam. I love this payasam too.

Priya said...

hahha so you made Ronnie uncle also pick the jamanthi poo for the pookalam :) lovely pictures.

Parita said...

Happy Onam to you dear :) Gorgeous clicks there, everything looks so beautiful, payasam looks very inviting :)

archana said...

Wow, such lovely shots ! Happy Onam to you Ria.

Chef Jeena said...

Wow lovely pictures of so many beautiful flowers, looks like you had so much fun.

I bet the food was amazing, love this recipe for a sweet tooth. :-)

Sanghi said...

Yummy payasam.. happy onam ria! Lovely colourful flower photos.. Looks you would have enjoyed a lot..! If you wish send this payasam to my FIL-Milk event da.. Check my blog for details..!:)

Divya Kudua said...

Nice write-up Ria..:).So nice to see the pookkalam and poovu and Kerala Saree:).The pookkalam looks wonderful..:).

We went out to a place called Ente Keralam to have Ona sadya.It was awesome,replete with 4 payasams:).

Semiya payasam looks delicious,I follow a similar recipe,but without the sago.Btw,you haven't mentioned in the recipe when to add the sago to the payasam!

Happy Onam once again!!

Nithya said...

That a lovely celebration.. The pics look so cute and the poo kolam is awesome. :)

Sarah Naveen said...

hey ria..
first time here..
You have got a brilliant blog!!!
Payasam looks so yumm!!!
Pics says u had a wonderful onam!!
Keep rocking

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

Thank you my dear readers for all your Onam wishes! I hope you had a beautiful day!

Rachel -Lucky you! Were you home for Onam?
Zaara,Avanika,Janice,Smita-Thank you so much lovely ladies! :)
Priya- LOL! But Priya chechy, he volunteered! :)
Parita,Archana,Chef Jeena-Thanks a bunch! xx
Sanghi- I am off to check that and will send it as an entry for your event :)
Divya-Aha,you must have had a sugar shock then ;) Thanks for pointing it out!! It's corrected now :D
Nithya-THANK YOU! :)
Sarah-Thank you so so much for your lovely words and for visiting my blog! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi ria, u got a lovely blog , wonderful pictures...hope u had a nice time during onam....

Mishmash ! said...

Such warm and lovely pics, Ria....so beautiful...lovely feast to eyes..!!!!

:)

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