Onam is almost here! So, how's your Onam preps going? Planning to make a full fledged Sadya? Now, tell me… what's your fav item on Sadya? Is it one of the curries or Payasam or you look forward to the whole experience of having a full fledged traditional sadya with your loved ones?
Whatever be your favourite, I'm sure each and every Malayali looks forward to Onam. It's one festival that's celebrated by every Malayali, whichever part of the world they are in. It's also a good time to visit Kerala, since the vibrant colours of Kerala will be displayed in full and it's difficult not to be enthralled, captured or even seized by the festive spirit. No wonder everyone wishes to be in Kerala during this time.
Coming to our recipe… for me Onam is all about Payasam. Well, there is one more thing, getting dressed up in Kerala saree ;) Ok, coming back to payasam, as I've told you many times before, my fav memory of Onam season is visiting Payasam stalls that pops up in every nook and corner during this season.
Even if I don't make a full fledged sadya for Onam, I make Payasam every year without fail. This year, I wanted to try something new to share with you.
One thing I've noticed of late, is that people tend to make Payasam with almost anything, for the sake of making a different Payasam. Though I'd like to consider myself as a very open minded and progressive person, when it comes to food, I'm a bit of a traditionalist.
I like traditional tastes when it comes to Payasam. Pazham Pradhaman is a traditional one, but it's “new” to me. Did I just say pazham as in fruit!? If you are a regular here, you should be knowing my aversion for fruits and that's why I said this is new to me. (Please don’t laugh!)
I asked my friend Sheena for help, since she is familiar with this payasam (and fruits!). As usual we had a great time making this and relived our Onam memories. If you like the taste of plantains you will enjoy this payasam. After all, the combination of ripe plantains, jaggery, coconut milk and ghee cannot go wrong! It's like four fabulous friends coming together and having a ball ;)
Hope you too will enjoy making and having this Payasam.
Wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Onam!!