Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Ashtami Rohini/Shree Krishna Jayanthi: Palpayasam

Ashtami Rohini also known as Gokulashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami, is the birthday of Lord Krishna. The birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great importance on this day. It is held in the month of Chingam (Aug- Sept). Devotees visit the Krishna temples where special Pooja and cultural programs are held. Appam and Palpayasam (cakes of rice paste and jaggery) are considered to be Lord's favorite food .The houses are also decorated with special care. Patterns of small feet, drawn with rice flour are made, leading from the house entrance to the puja room, where the idol of Lord Krishna is kept. This symbolizes the baby Krishna coming to his devotees' house to bless them and leaving behind his footsteps. Today I made Palpayasam for the Guruvayurappan :) This is also my entry for JFI # 5 - Milk and Milk Products- Vineela’s Cuisine. Here goes the recipe!!


Add 3 cups of Whole milk to a vessel (avoid non-stick pan) and bring to boil. To this add ¾ cup of sugar and bring to boil. Now add ½ cup of red rice or raw rice washed into the milk. Add crushed cardamom to it and mix it well. Cook in a medium heat until the rice is cooked. It will take 30- 40 minutes, so be patient and keep mixing once in few minutes, the end results are worth waiting. When it is almost cooked, take a small pan, add 4- 5tsp of ghee and sauté cashews and raisins and add them to the payasam. Once the rice is cooked turn off heat and serve hot.

Pooja at Home

Look at Ingi Pennu's Palpayasam


Blogger Prema Sundar said...

hi priya, palpayasam looks yummy... nice entry to the JFI event

Thanks Prema

9:24 PM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

Lovely payasam.

Thanks Puspha:)

2:00 AM   Edit
Blogger Annita said...

...Yum..yummy...And i love that 'Uruli' in which it is served..

Hi Annita, I got this Uruli this year when I came from India. I always wanted to have one:)

7:59 AM   Edit
Blogger Vineela said...

Hi Priya,
happy krishnaastami.
I love the way the puja you did and write up about lord krishna.
gREAT entry for JFI WITH whole milk.
I have not visited Guruvayur but heard about Lord Vishnu and about that temple.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Vineela, It's a must see temple in Kerala. Happy Krishnaastami to you and your family:)

10:27 AM   Edit
Blogger Sudha said...

Hi priya, a belated ashtami wishes.The payasam looks so much like the ambalapuzha palpayasam..i can relish the taste from here...Im serving myself with some ..ok.

Belated ashtami wishes to you and your family Sudhav:) I can send some for you:)

3:01 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Priya, here's a tip. If you cook the rice in milk before adding sugar, it'll cook faster.

Hey Priya, Thanks for the tip--- will try your way next time:)

11:22 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Krishna Jayanthi!

Looks like your post has some 'if else statements' like program code? Did you check it in IE?

BTW, Lovely uruli! I want one :(

4:31 PM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

Fantastic recipe of pal payasam. thanks for such a divine photo of pooja at home.
Pal payasam is a wonderful delicacy in almost all the South Indian kitchens. Thanks for bringing it here.
chk out Chitvish's version of pal payasam:

10:05 PM   Edit

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