Neypayasam or Aravana payasam is one of the special dish prepared as an offering for God Ayyappa.
Yesterday it was Vrischikam 1. So I thought of preparing Aravana payasam in the evening. And as it is my blog’s 2nd Anniversary I thought of posting it over here.
- Water – 1.5 cup
- Broken or normal red raw rice (unakkalari) – 1/2 cup
- Jaggery – 150 gm melted and strained(if you wish you could increase the quantity)
- Ghee – 2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp
- Green Cardamom – 1 crushed
- Fresh coconut cut into slices – 1 teaspoon (optional)
- Cashew nuts – 3 (optional)
- Fresh ginger – 1 teaspoon gratted
- Boil the water in a thick bottomed pan
- Wash rice and add to the water. Cook the rice in medium flame. (It shouldn’t be soft as cooked rice. It should be just 3/4 cooked)
- Add the strained jaggery, ginger to the rice and stir continuously over a medium flame
- Add 2 tbsp of ghee.
- When the mix is thick enough (water is absorbed), add crushed cardamom , coconut pieces and fold in . remove from fire.
- Roast the cashew nuts in half teaspoon of ghee and add to the payasam.
- Ney Payasam is ready!
You could make 1 cup (sometimes a bit more) of payasam with the above recipe. As this is very sweet, this would be more than enough for at least 4 persons.
- You add 2 small ripe plantain sliced to the payasam while serving.
- You could also add rock sugar (kalkandam) and raisans
- You could replace fresh ginger with 1 tbsp of dry ginger powder
- The color of neypayasam depends on the jaggery we use.. The darker ones give the color like above.. and the lighter ones give like the below pics
Few old pics 🙂