Paal payasam - Kerala sadhya special

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Very famous by the name AmbalaPuzha Paal Payasam as it if offered to Lord Guruvayurappan as prasadam on a daily basis in Guruvayoor.

Paal Payasam is a must have in any Kerala Sadhya Menu.

Traditionally,this Payasam is made in huge Bronze Vessels / Vengalai Urulis by boiling the milk and with constant stirring for hours together to bring it to the right texture and consistency . The slow cooking is what imparts the best taste to the Payasam . 
There are many recipes,that call for the usage of readymade condensed milk to achieve the color and consistency with minimum effort.
Today's recipe does not use anything else except milk ,sugar and rice ,and yet achieves the perfect color and taste by using the Pressure cooker on slow flame.

Recipe courtesy : Good friends from a Food Group on Social Media (Gayathri Usha  , Lakshmi Vasanth & Anusha Srihari)

Preparation Time : Nil
Cooking Time : 35-40 min
Complexity : Simple

Read the Notes and Tips section without fail to get the perfect payasam

Makaai Chiwda | Cornflakes Mixture

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MaKaai Chiwda | Cornflakes mixture is a very famous snack made in most Gujurati and Maharashtrian households . A very crunchy snack made using cornflakes / Makaai Poha as it is called locally.
This cornflakes is different from the cereal / breakfast cornflakes as it is not ready to eat . These are raw ones like the pressed rice / Poha/ Aval we use for making upma .

The makaai poha needs to be fried in oil and drained out when it puffs up beautifully and then the necessary spices and salt are added to make a classic tea time snack .

Preparation Time : Nil
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins
Complexity : Simple

Coffee Butterscotch Burfi

My love for coffee just does not seem to end .  The slightly bitter flavor of coffee with the subtle taste of sugar to keep me energised and going through the day.

This is yet another experiment in my kitchen with instant coffee and butterscotch essence.

My other experiments with coffee are :

Coffee flavored Thenga burfi

Coffee Biscuit Pudding

A very simple and delicious melt in mouth maida burfi with the added flavor of coffee and butterscotch makes you feel as if you are taking a bite of world's finest chocolates.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins
Complexity : Medium High


 maida / All purpose flour : 1 cup / 100gms
 sugar : 1 or 3/4 cup / 75 -100gms
 ghee : 2 tablespoon
 butterscotch essence : 1 tsp
 instant coffee powder : 3 tsp mixed in warm water