Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Ugadi!

Me- Tomorrow is Ugadi kano, what sweet shall I make?
Him- Whatever.
Me- Tell no...
Him- Kai holige (poli)
Me- Hmm... I have school tomorrow, it should be something very simple and easy.
Him- Badusha?
Me- Here google the meaning of easy-see what it says? Something a 4 year old can do.
Him- mmm... blueberry muffin?
Me- Arghhhhh....
Him- What? You said easy, muffin is easy no? Just mix and bake.
Me- dhudh dhudh dhudh *banging my head on the wall*

I made the simplest sweet ever, something my mom makes very often- Avalakki payasa.


1/2 cup thick poha
1 can evaporated milk (I decided to make it rich- after all its not everyday I make payasa! My mom uses milk)
5-6 tsp sugar (J is a sugar addict, you will have to adjust the sweetness depending on your sugar addiction)
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
few strands of saffron dissolved in hot milk

Rinse the poha in water 2 or 3 times, drain and set aside. Heat the evaporated milk and add the poha. Simmer gently, stirring occasionaly until poha is soft and cooked add the sugar and simmer till sugar dissolves(If you like a thin-watery payasa, now is the time to remove it from heat). I like thick- custard-y payasa so I let it simmer for a good 20 mins. Remove from heat and add the cardamom powder and saffron. Add ghee roasted cashews/pista/raisin any of that jazz. Serve.


Happy Ugadi!


  1. Hahaha!! I hope you didn't get your head hurt too much!

    Avalakki Payasa tumba ruchiyagi kanatte, enjoy the new year.

  2. Happy ugadi SJ and you have become a power point star...learnt ur lessons well from nags?? Any chance of me getting that payasam?? Lovely...

  3. Happy Ugadi SJ !! Payasam looks delicious. Waiting for your entry for CFK:Rice event

  4. Poha payasam is truely easy and simple, yet mouthwatering!

  5. @srikrishna,
    All your kripa thaaye!!

    @Shama, trupthi, Sharmilee
    Thank You!

    Send the saucepan man, or better still you come over!

    My head is ok- I bang it quite a few times, so its used to that now ;)

  6. LOL I can so imagine you man!

    Looks good re. Will try this when in laws attack. And pics look good as usual.

    BTW A sent the wrong batch of cookies and well, you just have to thaw them and eat them. And not complain. Next time, I will mail them :|

  7. @ Varsha,
    Next year we are landing at your house!

    Waiting....I don't care which batch- I just want them Period

  8. That looks gorgeous. Makes me want to make some... and I don't even like payasams, especially the white and milky ones! :D


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