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  Kerala’s very own sweet dishes… Here is a collection of Payasams that I’ve made over the years. Payasams are essentially sweetened milk cooked along with vermicelli, ripe fruits, dried fruits, nuts etc. Vermicelli or Semiya payasam is the most popular; a must have along with Kerala Sadya. I’ve also made payasams with dates, ripe mangoes,...

Kerala’s very own dessert: Semiya payasam or Vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk… Semiya or vermicelli payasam is the most popular dessert in Kerala and it’s a must have for Sadya. Though, there are a several variations of payasam evolved over the years, traditional semiya payasam still holds a special place in every Keralities heart. Back in the...

  Dates and vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk…delicious dessert. This is one of the easiest and healthiest dessert made with dates. Dates impart the required sweetness, hence less condensed milk is added. The caramelized flavor of the dates and the roasted vermicelli makes this a splendid dessert. Best part is that this can be made in just 15 minutes. ...

One of my favorite easy to make desserts that I make often when I get the sweet craving is sweetened vermicelli or payasam… The other day when I made this dessert, I topped the sweetened vermicelli with praline pecans or pecans combined with brown sugar and butter. The crunchy and caramelized pecans made this simple dessert taste even more delicious. Update...

Mango and vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk, delicious dessert… Hope everyone had a great Onam celebration. Onam is one of the biggest festivals in Kerala, India celebrated by all Keralites. Sadya, a grant vegetarian feast is served for Onam. Sadya comprises of many vegetarian dishes, so making Sadya is definitely time consuming. I was not planning to make...

Chana dal and banana mashed together, combined with coconut milk and sweetened with jaggery, one of the desserts served with Sadya… Wishing all Keralites a Happy and Prosperous Onam. Onam is a harvest festival and is the biggest celebration of my beautiful home state Kerala. It’s actually a 10 day celebration, so while in school/college we had 10 days...

Rice flakes cooked in sweetened milk, a quick and easy to make dessert that will sweeten up your tastebuds… Lately, I’ve been having frequent sweet cravings. I’m just wondering, is it the changing season or is it my changing hormones??? Wish I could fall for the cravings and indulge in sweets every time I get the craving. In such situations, I try...

Payasam that can be made in just a matter of minutes and still tastes yummy… Hope all Keralites had a fantastic Onam. I have written so much about Onam and Sadya in my previous posts so I am not starting all over again. FB is flooded with the pictures of Sadya, I can hardly resist. I first thought of making Sadya last weekend, but I found way too comfortable...

Yummiest payasam… Howz everyone doing? I’d mentioned about Onam in my last post, Onam was celebrated on Wednesday. On Wednesday, I’d a get together with two of my friends/research mates and we cooked a few dishes together. They are from China, so one of them made a couple of authentic Chinese dishes. I made my all time favorite Ground beef Pizza...

If you love tapioca pearls you are going to love this… What a fantastic day it was!!! This evening we attended a Mediterranean cooking class/contest at the best Mediterranean restaurant in my city: Aroma’s. Last year, I had once dined at Aroma’s; the ambience, the food, the crew, everything is so great and it’s one of my favorite restaurants....