Friday, May 15, 2009

Payasam and Nupur's Indian Vegetarian 100

Couple of weeks ago I celebrated my son's 11th. month birthday and as is oft repeated, time sure flies! From a soft and 'pliable' helpless new born, he is now an active toddler, walking everywhere in a typical baby gait, flinging food everywhere, pointing to things and making demands, sometimes showering me with sloppy-sloppy kisses! What more can I ask for!!!!
And so to celebrate my little man I made Payasam. He had just a tiny spoonful of it ( we are going VERY slow on introducing sugar and salt in his diet) he enjoyed it and kept pointing and asking for more.
Payasam needs no introduction, it is a sweet preparation that comes together without too much effort and everyone (my guess) makes it! In my home, 'shevaya chi kheer' was made more often and payasam to me was strictly 'madrasi' (No, back then, I did not know how Tamil cuisine was different from that of Andhra Pradesh or Kerala) and I would gladly accept an invitation to a 'madrasi' wedding knowing that the yummy food would surely have payasam on the menu.

This is a simple and easy to make dessert , can be made ahead of time and served chilled or warm.

You need:
Source : Dakshin by Chandra Padmanabhan

12 cups Milk
1/4 cup Rice ( long grained, I used Basmati)
1/2 cup sugar
6-8 Cardamoms, crushed
1 tsp Saffron
1/2 cup milk (extra)

Wash rice thoroughly. Place the milk and rice in a heavy saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
Keep stirring and simmer until the milk reduces to half its original quantity.
Add sugar and crushed cardamoms
Dissolve the saffron in 1/2 cup warm milk and add it to the payasam.
Sir thoroughly.
Serve warm or chilled.



Your challenge, should you take up this meme is to:
  • Copy the entire list, along with these instructions, into your blog post
  • Bold the foods that you have tried
  • Strike out the foods you would never try
  • Tell us your score in the comments :)
  • If you wish to, make your own list or add to this one
Nupur's Indian Vegetarian 100

1. Ripe mangoes
2.
Curd rice
3.
Chaat
4.
Phulka
5.
Puran poli
6.
Boiled peanuts
7.
Samosa
8. Stuffed baby eggplants The masala/ stuffing I will eat, NOT the eggplant
9. Aviyal
10.
Stuffed paratha
11.
Masala chai
12. Tirphal
13. Murukku
14.
Curry leaves
15.
Banana chips fried in coconut oil
16.
Jaggery
17.
Vada pav
18.
Tender coconut water
19.
Paneer
20.
Madras filter coffee
21.
Boondi laddoo
22. Boondi raita
23.
Navratan korma
24.
Kokum
25.
Masala peanuts
26.
A home-cooked Indian vegetarian meal
27.
Sugarcane juice
28.
Sabudana/sago in any form
29.
Horsegram
30.
Maggi noodles
31.
Podi with rice and ghee
32. Roomali roti
33.
Bitter gourd
34.
Nylon sev
35.
Vegetable biryani
36.
Thali at a restaurant
37.
Plantain flower
38.
Undhiyu
39. Nimbu pani
40.
Papad
41. Kotthu parotta (minus egg, I will try!)
42. Panch phoran
43.
Drumsticks
44. Indian "French toast"
45. Sarson ka saag
46.
Bhakri
47.
Pav bhaji
48.
Sitaphal
49.
Glucose biscuits
50.
Sprouts
51.
Chole-bhature
52.
Amla
53. Tomato "omelet"
54.
A wedding feast
55.
Grilled corn on the cob with lemon juice, salt and chilli powder
56.
Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate
57. Sai bhaji
58. Solkadi
59.
Indian-Chinese meal
60.
Jalebi
61.
Black forest cake
62.
Bharwa bhindi
63.
Kashmiri saffron
64.
Misal
65.
Ripe jackfruit
66.
Idli-chutney
67.
'Tadgola'
68. Bhut jolokia
69. Baby mango pickle
70.
Meal off a banana leaf
71.
Falooda
72.
Moong khichdi
73. Bebinca
74. Daal baati
75.
Methi greens
76.
Basundi
77.
Gunpowder
78.
Appam-stew
79.
Sweet lemon pickle
80.
Ridge gourd
81.
Bisi bele bhath
82.
Coconut burfi
83.
Caramel custard
84.
Thecha
85.
Rasam
86.
Baingan bharta
87.
Mysore pak
88.
Punjabi wadi
89.
Chhunda
90.
Dal makhani
91.
Paper dosa
92.
Gongura
93.
Hand-churned butter
94.
Pakoda
95.
Curd chillies
96.
Mustard oil
9
7. Fresh cashews
98.
Tomato pickle
99.
Rajma-chawal
100.
Chaas


My Score 91%

I am not sure about Triphal ( there is something similar in Ayurveda and I may be confusing it with the one mentioned above) and I am pretty sure I have tasted Sai Bhaji, but as of today do not recollect the taste and so I shall leave it for a 'must try'.

So what is your score?
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11 comments:

  1. He must be a cutie, 11 months, yeah time flies, enjoy the little one and love the paysom.

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  2. i have that book and cannot figure out when to make what! get totally confused!

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  3. glad the little one loved the payasam. it looks super creamy.

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  4. the payasam is nice and creamy..glad that your lil boy liked it :)

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  5. so he must be turning 1 next month then? birthday wishes to ur little son and i am sending him boxful of kisses and hugs :)

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  6. Hi manasi, good to hear from you. It was a wonderful trip although I feel I should have gone in December. But it was fun meeting family and friends and eating was almost uncontrollable!:D

    Goodie! He is almost a year old! Enjoy, they do grow up so fast!:)

    Enjoy, see you in Fall.

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  7. The payasam looks delicious...what a royal saffron color. So you must be busy planning for the first birthday party already? :)

    Thanks for playing along with the 100 list. That's a great score! Oh you eggplant hater, you ;) Give them a chance, I say! :D

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