Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Tamil New Year & Vishu / New Year Special Recipes / Coconut Milk Payasam

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Happy Tamil New Year :
Dear Friends,
On this auspicious occasion of   Chithirai Thirunaal,  ( Tamil New Year ), wish you and your family a very Happy & Prosperous year ahead...!
May this year bless us with joy, prosperity and happiness..!!
Greetings of “ Puthandu Vazhthukal” ( Happy New Year ) are exchanged with fervor on this day.
Since this festival marks the beginning of the Tamil New year,  food prepared is very special. 
Chakkarai Pongal,  VadaiPayasamMango PachadiNeem flower rasam are a must in the menu.
Today, we prepared delicious & healthy Coconut  Milk  Payasam  for Swamy Neivedhiyam.   
Let’s see the easy & tasty recipe..:)
  • Moongdal                                 - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Raw rice                                    - 4 tbsp
  • Grated coconut                         - 1 cup
  • Ghee                                        - 1 tbsp
  • Cashew                                    - 5 to 6
  • Raisins                                     - 6 to 8
  • Jaggery                                    - ¾ cup
  • Cardamom pwd                         - a generous pinch
  • Saffron, pista, almond nuts           for garnishing
  1. In a wide skillet, dry roast the moongdal till light red color.
  2. Mix both fried moong dal and raw rice, rinse it and pressure cook adding required water.
  3. Cook till the contents are mashed well.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Grind the grated coconut with ¼ cup of water.
  6. Strain thick coconut milk out of it and keep aside.
  7. Heat ghee in a pan and roast cashew and raisins to light golden.
  8. Break jaggery to small pieces.
  9. Take it in a wide bowl, add ½ cup water and allow to boil with stirring.
  10. When the jaggery melts, stop stirring and remove from flame.
  11. Strain the jaggery liquid to remove impurities.
  12. Now add the jaggery liquid to mashed dal, rice mixture and combine well.
  13. Allow to boil in simmer.
  14. Once the raw smell of jaggery goes away, add the freshly ground thick coconut milk.
  15. When the mixture starts to bubble,add cardamom pwd, roasted cashew, raisins & turn off the flame.
  16. Transfer to serving bowl with saffron & grated pista, almond garnishing.
  1. Now the lipsmacking healthy coconut milk payasam is ready to enjoy..!
Enjoy the day with these traditional Tamil New Year dishes...
 An exclusive treat from me to everyone !
Once again Happy Tamil New Year &  a Very Happy Vishu to everyone !


  1. Looks delicious payasam, nice roundup recipes for new year.

  2. Happy new year Jay , quite a delicious spread, love the payasam n the mithai plate :)

  3. Wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year dear..delicious spread..

  4. Happy new year to you and your family too Jay..
    What a lovely festive treat and beautiful presentation of each and every item...I am surely going to try out some of them soon.
    Best wishes

  5. wow luv all the festive dishes! happy tamil new year to u and ur loved ones!

  6. Wish u a happy and prosperous new year dear.lovely payasam.

  7. Happy new year to you too.

  8. happy new year to you !! love the first pix so festive

  9. Happy new year! Dear Jay, I´d love to try it all!

  10. Happy New Year Jay!. I was trying to see your post all morning and at last got to load your page. Beautiful presentation and awesome spread. Have an awesome year.

  11. Happy Tamil New Year to you and your family. Lots of delicious food to celebrate.

  12. Happy Tamil new year Jay, payasam looks simply divine n delicious...

  13. So Lovely.Looks delicious

  14. Delicious payasam, and that visual treat is so very tempting..

  15. Wow delicious..can just imagine the taste..yummy recipes.happy new year dear.

  16. Happy Tamil New year..a different payasam..looks so yum :)

  17. Nothing like a new year to celebrate and have a feast on all the yummies..Happy New Year to you and family, Jay.

  18. Jay! Happy new year....wish luck and prosperous upon you. I love vaddai!!!!

  19. Puthandu Vazthukkal .. a wonderful n unique kheer..

  20. TQ...:)
    have a great weekend ..!

  21. Wonderful payasam and happy new year to u too

  22. The food looks very tasty and colorful ! Have a great weekend and enjoy the festival !

  23. Happy New Year to you too!!
    Delicious post jay. I want to try each and every dish :D

  24. HAppy new year to you its not so happy for me for Ima just drooling over the pics my tummy does not feel happy abt just feeding my eyes.

  25. Hi Jaya Happy new year to u and ur family. looks mouthwatering recipe.. Bookmark ur recipe and must try tomorrow.

  26. Happy tamil new year Jay, super rich looking delicious payasam..

  27. Happy New Year to you! The payasam looks delicious and love your clicks. All the other goodies are looking equally tempting!

  28. Lovely Payasam Jay, looks superb. A very Happy New Year to you and your family.

  29. Lovely pictures. Happy Vishu/New Year

  30. Happy Holiday!
    the menu looks wonderful!

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  31. looks very good,congrats.

    Have a great weekend


  32. Happy New Year Jay !! Yummy payasam ans nice collection of recipes !!

  33. Happy new year, delicious variety of paysam.

  34. The crispy vadai look so good. Really like some of the tangy South Indian dishes presented here. So addictive!

  35. Happy New Year Jay, your spread looks so delicious. You and Rak's kitchen are both making me try that neem flower rasam :-)

  36. Wow so colorful, great post and Happy Newyear to you:)

  37. Happy New Year! love all of the dishes... i have tasted this payasam at a friends place - it does heavenly...
    looks so yum!

  38. thanks for your precious time
    I love to hear from you..:)

  39. Hi Jay happy new year to you and your family.......delicious payasam looks yummy.....nice cliks!

  40. Happy New Year, Jay! Everything looks great!!

  41. Yummmy payasam.. belated wishes jay! hope u had a wonderful time with your family!!!

  42. Everything looks delicious. Lovely way to celebrate. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  43. happy new yr to u too, the spread looks lovely

  44. happy tamil new year to you too.....lovely coconut payaam...and the other traditional dishes too......really nice.

  45. Wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead :) All the items looks so delicious! Wish I could come home for lunch :D

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  46. Hi Jay,

    Happy New Year to you!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing me to yours. I love Indian food and you've got some delicious recipes here I would love to try.

    Have a great celebration!

  47. Un menu délicieux. J'ai envie de manger de tout.
    Je note.
    A bientôt

  48. such a myriad of colors in the payasam pics.... loved it......

  49. I like this all dishes. I think this is very testy for eat and your spread looks so delicious. I wish you happy new year.

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