Onam is almost here… My FB wall is filled with Onam related posts, mostly pictures of Onasadya and Pookalam. I was hoping to celebrate Onam in Kerala this year, but it didnt work out. It’s been more than 12 years that I celebrated Onam in Kerala. I miss the Payasam melas the most. During Onam season, you can see many make shift Payasam stalls where you get to taste piping hot Pal Payasam, Parippu Payasam etc; The thought itself makes me miss home…
For the past few years, I’m seeing so many different recipes for Payasam be it in Kerala based Magazines, newspapers or blogs, it’s like any ingredient can be turned into a payasam. I’m all for innovation and discovering new recipes and tastes, but when it comes to food during festive season, I’m a bit conservative. I prefer the traditional tastes, for Onam I like Pal Payasam or Parippu Payasam. It’s the same for Christmas and Easter too. If I dont get to eat Appam and Stew for Christmas and Easter breakfast, it doesnt quite feel like Christmas or Easter, I feel something is missing. What about you? Do you like to try new recipes during festive season or go with the tastes that you grew up with?
I’ve posted recipes of Carrot Payasam, Pineapple Payasam etc; but come Onam and Vishu, it has to be a traditional payasam. I’ve already posted Parippu Payasam recipe, using Cherupayar parippu (mong dal), but I’ve been getting requests for Kadala Parippu payasam. Though Kadala Parippu Payasam is comparitively new to me, it’s one of my favourites. It’s not surprising considering the fact that I love the combination of coconut milk and jaggery, add some mashed dal and ghee to it, even better!
Wish you and your loved ones a Happy Onam! Hope this festive season fills your body and soul with yummy tastes and wonderful memories!