Inji pachadi/ ginger in yogurt post. Onam sadhya is served in banana leaf. Desserts are obviously served at the last but one. You know what is that “one”..? It is either morum vellam (seasoned buttermilk)or rasam. The most interesting fact is that dates payasam is healthy and easy version of payasam, where there is no need to add extra sugar. The mashed dates looks like this.
I’m a dessert person. Even though, entire Onam sadhya is a big meal, I often reserve enough space in my tummy for desserts. The entire sadhya is served in raw banana leaf, which is cleaned and slightly steamed. The payasam served on banana leaf would be running. It is so amusing to turn your hand as a cup and slurp. My dear friend, Anjali used to tell me about the famous “Aaranmula Vallasadhya” – prepared by veteran sadhya makers who makes hundred plus dishes. I’m not yet lucky enough to have one. Other similar payasam/ pudding recipes here are mango payasam and pumpkin payasam.
- 15 dates (pitted and finely chopped)
- 2 cups/14 fl oz/ 400ml of thick coconut milk
- 1 ½ cups of hot water
- 12 cashews
- 8 raisins
- ½ teaspoon of cardamom powder
- ⅛ teaspoon of dry ginger powder
- 2 teaspoons of ghee (for sadhya)/ coconut oil (Vegan version)
- In a pan, add ghee and put cashews and raisins until they are golden brown.
- Add chopped dates and sauté for 3 minutes on medium heat.
- Pour hot water into it and let the dates cook in hot water.
- When the dates are completely cooked, you will see water is evaporated and dates get mashed. With a spoon or fork mash again well. It takes almost 10 minutes.
- Add coconut milk into it and stir them well. Reduce heat to lowest. Add cardamom powder and dry ginger powder.
- Let it continue until entire mixture is heated.
- When you see steam coming from your stirring spoon, take off from heat. Now add prepared cashews and raisins.
Dates payasam was a big hit in my family. Try this in your home and enjoy with your loved ones…. 🙂