October 8, 2009

Paal Payasam and Vadai for Saraswathy Poojai

Day ~9 Saraswathy Pooja

We keep the books on 8th day night for pooja. Though pooja for the books are done on 9th day morning. It is customary to make paal payasam and Vadai for nivedhyam. As kids, we used to look forward to this day, since this was the only day, when we are asked not to study. When our books are kept for pooja, we never used to read even newspaper or any thing on that regard.

Paal Payasam

Instead of doing the traditional way of making, I have opted the easier route, which results in equally good payasam. So why slog extra time in the kitchen. Let me tell you, this method works good for small quanitities. Let me give the recipe first


Broken raw matta/brown rice - 1/4 cup

Milk - 1 litre

Sugar -1 1/4 cup (Can reduce to 1 cup if you want don't want it to be too sweet)

Butter - A teaspoon (optional)

Wash the rice and add all the ingredients in a cooker. Make sure the ingredients come only to 1/4 of the cooker capacity. Later, on cooking, the milk will rise and it will start coming out of the steam vent. This is the reason I said the method suits only to small quanitities. I used my 5 litres cooker. Still during the last few minutes, milk came out through the vent on the top. After first whistle, set the flame to the lowest level. Let it cook for 20 minutes. Switch off the gas and leave it for another 30 minutes. Open the cooker to find creamy, pinkish pal payasam. Add a dab of butter if desired. I don't usually add cardamom powder since I like to retain the creamy milk flavor.

Isn't it easy to cook this way? And doesn't it look like the famous Ambalapuzha Palpayasam. As I have mentioned in my earlier post, husband doesn't eat this payasam. So its the only occassion that I make this payasam.

I have posted the recipe earlier.


  1. At the moment i would like to have that vada with hot tea.

  2. Crisp paruppu vadas and oh so delicious paal payasam, befitting concluding post for navrathri. What about the Dhasami day? Anyways Deepavali is here in a flash and I so look forward to your bakshanams.

  3. AM ready to have those crispy vadai rite now..delectable paal payasam:)

  4. you have so accurately described th eprocedure for paal payasam..that to with brown rice..have to try it sometime..looks delicious..

  5. Wow.............nice and crisp vadas with paysam ............a good festive food.

  6. OH, You cooked goodies everyday of navratri. I planned to but kids got sick in the middle.
    As Happy cook said, I want a hot bowl of payasam & vadas right now, to beat this cold weather.:)


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