Thursday, April 15, 2010

Palada/RiceAda Kheer and HAPPY VISHU

Dear friends, Wishing you all a very HAPPY VISHU. Hope all of you had a wonderful vishukani and got a good amount of Vishu Kaineetam. We have arranged the kani with limited items (whatever available here).The important one in the Vishukani is the Kanikonna (Golden Shower - the special yellow flower). Here we used the yellow flower instead of the kanikonna. 
This Vishu is really important for us. Because this is our little one's first Vishu. So we arranged a nice vishukani for him.On the vishu day, mom & dad used to wake us up in the morning and showed the kani and gave the kaineetam etc etc..But this time it was our duty to wake our little one up and show him the Kani and to give him the kaineetam. Great things in life.Always thankful to God for such nice moments.
Yesterday itself amma called and told us that we should show him the kani in the morning iteslf. So what we did was after setup the kani, we bought him to the poojaroom before 5am (Usually he wakes up and stands in the crib and then cries for food at around 5 am in the morning. That is his style) and then woke him up ..he saw the kani and slept again..We have to give him the vishukaineetam too.
The best thing i like about the vishu  is the vishukaineetam. In my childhood, we(me and my brother) used to get atleast Rs.100/- as kaineetam from parents and relatives. That was our bonus to our usual pocket-money during that time. So after vishu,  I became so rich and the new bank for rest of the year. If mom or dad need money for anything, they used to borrow it from me(Especially in month end. :) ). My brother didn't make any rule (because by the end of Vishu season, he would have already spent his money).  but I set certain rules. If it's not returning before 5 days,  I  would add Rs.5/- per day to the total and I could earn at least Rs.20-25/- by that way. Everyday I would remind them that you guys borrowed money from me. They used to say all bank have interest rate, but none of them ask for this much rate and they didn't have public announcement system like this. Only our daughter's bank has all these kind of special features. I always enjoyed those things. Really miss those moments:))
We like all kind of these traditional festivals. But nowadys it's fading out from our life because of the busy life style. Sure the new generations really miss all these wonderful festivals and the way we enjoyed each of them.
Usually on the Vishu day, we prepare our kerala-style feast. But I prepared the simple feast: parippu pappadam sambar inji mango pickles aviyal thoran and Palada. The "Palada" (Rice Ada kheer) is Lord Krishna's favorite payasam (Kheer). Our favorite one too. I got rice ada from the Indian grocery. Usually we can find only the instant palada mix. I don't like it, but luckly this time we got the plain rice ada pack. Whenever I saw these kind of demanded items I used to buy 4-5 packets. 
I am going to share with you this palada recipe. It's really easy to prepare but make sure that ada is fully cooked and be careful while boiling the milk. if the heat is too high it will burn the milk and the payasam taste bad. 
Lots of stories right ok let me explain how to prepare the delicious palada.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cost of the ada: 1.99usd/pack
Ingredients
Ada 1 pack
Sugar 1 cup
Milk 1/2 gallon
For seasoning
Cashewnuts 10 nos
Raisins 10 nos
Cardamom 3 nos
Ghee 2tbsp
Condensed milk1/4portion
Rose water 3 tbsp
Preparation
  • Step1:Boil 2 cups of water.add the ada into it and cook until the Ada is well cooked.strain the water and wash the Ada in cold water for 1-2times.
  • Step2:Boil milk in the thick bottom vessel (in Kerala we use "uruli" - thick bottom bronze vessel). Add the cooked Ada in to the milk and cook until the milk thickens
  • Step3:Mix sugar with 1 cup of water and add it into the payasam. stir continously. Make sure that sugar completely dissolves in the water before adding it in to the payasam.
  • Step4:At the same time heat ghee in another pan add cashews. Once it gets light brown color add the raisins fry for sometime.Keep it aside.
  • Step5:Cook the payasam in  medium heat until it get light brown  color.Change the heat level to low then add the condensed milk mix well .stir continously  for 2 more minute.
  • Step6:Crush the cardamom and add it in to the Ada. Add the cashew- raisin mix
  • Step7:Switch of the heat and add the rose milk.mix well.
The delicious palada is ready to have...
Cook's tip
  • Cook the Ada until it is completely cooked.check it by taking a cooked Ada crush it using your fingers.you can crush the cooked Ada easily otherwise it will be sticky
  • Do not boil the palada after adding the condensed milk.
  • Rose water is optional.it gives a very nice flavor
Sending this entry to   kheer festival conducted by easy2cookrecipes 
and also to cardamom seed event hosted by priya

    39 Said:

    Priya said...

    Happy Vishu to u and ur family Prani,palada looks rich, tempting and creamy..feel like having some kheer rite now..

    divya said...

    Happy Vishu to u and ur family,Kheer looks very creamy and tempting.

    Uma said...

    Happy Vishu to you and your family, Prani!
    what a lovely colour!..

    Sushma Mallya said...

    Happy vishu to you and your family prani...beautifully arranged and payasam looks delicious...

    SathyaSridhar said...

    Happy Vishu dear,,,Well decorated i read ur post fully soo from the childhood itself u started to put meter interest job,,goood dear....

    Madhura Manoj said...

    Happy Vishu to u & ur family.Kheer Looks lovely.

    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

    I have never heard of Ada before, but the kheer surely looks yummy !!!

    Panchpakwan said...

    Kheer looks yummy...Happy vishu to you and your family..

    Yummy Team said...

    Palada kandittu kothiyakkunnu, its our fav too..Vishu kaniyum nannayittundu..

    Gita Jaishankar said...

    Happy Vishu Prani : Divine pictures, payasam looks so delicious and tempting :)

    Kamalika said...

    Happy Vishu, loved to about ur traditional celebration....the dish looks delicious...

    Kamalika said...

    Happy Vishu dear...loved to know about ur traditonal celabration..the dish looks too tempting...

    Krishnaveni said...

    Happy vishu Prani. Excellent photos and the dish looks great

    Madhavi said...

    Thanks dear for visiting my blog, you also have very nice recipe collection :)) Happy Vishu and yummy payasam !!

    Dhanya Ganesh said...

    Thank you for stopping by my space. Happy Vishu.Ada pradhaman looks yummy.

    Suhaina said...

    Wow I am drooling here. Palada is my fav payasam. Happy Vishu dear. Sorry for the late reply, I am sure t reply to ur mail today.
    Nice click too..Prani.

    Jayashree said...

    Hope you had a wonderful Vishu. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comments.

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

    Happy Vishu to you!

    PranisKitchen said...

    Priya,Divya,Uma,Sushma,Sathya,madhuramanoj,priya,panchpakawan yummyteam,Gita,Kamalika,Krishanveni,madhavi,dhanya,suhaina,jayashree,Sonia
    Thanks for the comments dear.Also thanks a lot for the wishes.

    Life is beautiful!!! said...

    Happy Vishu :) Thanks for visiting my blog :) Nicw decoration you have made for Vishu :) Hope u had a wonderful day!!!

    vineetha said...

    |Oh so happy to see a Malayalee blogger ..Thanks or visiting my blog and for ur vishu wishes..Belated wishes to u too...Palada looks yummy..I made paalpayasam..its all gone now :(

    CHAITRA said...

    Yummy n inviting dessert!!
    Drop in sometime to my blog

    ~ Lopa said...

    Hey Prani, Thanks for you comment on my blog.

    We get Chinese rice in grocery stores, i specially use this one
    http://webwinkel.ah.nl/product/AH/124189/AH+Zilvervlies+rijst

    It's in dutch though. Sometimes when i don't have it home, i even use same recipe with our own Basmati rice :)

    Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

    Happy Vishu!! u have a wonderful blog!! delicious dish! following u. Thanks for sweet comments on my blog!!

    PranisKitchen said...

    Life is beautiful,vineetha,chaitra,lopa,renuka thanks for the cooments dear.Lopa thanks for the quick response

    jayasri said...

    Happy vishu to you and your family, thank you for visiting me and with such lovely comments, you have a beautiful blog, paalad looks too yummy!!, thank you once again

    shahana said...

    happy Vishu!

    VineelaSiva said...

    Happy Vishu to u Prani.Palada looks very yummy.

    nisha said...

    Beautiful Kani.

    M D said...

    Happy Vishu to ur family and u. Hope u had a great time. Palada is new to me. I am not sure what Ada is. May have to check if any store have it here. Tempts me!

    ganga said...

    nannayirikkunnu.njanum paladayanu vishunu undakkiyathu.

    Subhie Arun said...

    happy vishu to u too..sorry for delay....palada really looks yummy tempting!i will be more delightful if i can get a bowl..;)

    Rumana Rawat said...

    This is looking very tasty.. U have a very good recipe's, iam very happy to follow u:-)

    I'm a Home Chef !!! said...

    belated vishu wishes dear! next weekend we all our friends are going to celebrate vishu...and i'm going to make padala...thanks for sharing the recipe...

    PranisKitchen said...

    Jayasri,Shahana,Vinnelasiva,nisha,MD,ganga,subhiearun,rumanarawat,Iam homechef thanks for the comments dear.

    Suma Gandlur said...

    Is kaineetam the money you get that day? And what is kani?
    The kheer looks yummy though I couldn't figure out whether ada is a kind of rice or poha. :)

    PranisKitchen said...

    Thanks suma for the lovely comments.i have replied to ur query

    Khadija said...

    my friend is from kerala she made this once nad made me guess what it was thanks for posting the recipe

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