This theme is quite a challenge in many ways. One I am not a great temple goer, two I have given company to people who think that temple visits are meant to be vacations. So you can imagine I have visited lot of temples all through my growing up years. And continuing now with Hubby dear. I know those are contradictory statements, however these are things that has made me what I am.
Growing up, I have seen two different beliefs,
one that begins and ends with daily long hours of prayers and traditional customs. The other that says one does not have to go to temple to pray, or to be religious to be pious.
My parents have
never really forced either of their beliefs on me. I have arrived at my
own beliefs and stand. However I have been a willing company to all
their beliefs and doings. Result is, I have visited lot of temples along
with Amma and then with Hubby dear, while still holding on to my beliefs.
That has resulted in me gathering much more than what I might otherwise
Well that’s for another post, my beliefs and my spiritual hold
can run for pages and this is not really the space to talk about it. Its
just that I never do anything in half measures and it goes on to say,
these posts were enlightening as much as I could expect.
am sure many would agree that replicating the same taste of a temple
prasadam at home, is almost next to impossibility. Even though what we
make will taste great, it still would not be the same.
is a small town in the Alappuzha district of Kerala state, south India.
The town is noted for its Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, one of the
three important Sri Krishna temples in the state of Kerala.
to the legend, Lord Krishna, in disguise of a sage, won a game of chess
against the king and the prize was every square would have double the
number of grains. In the end, it meant even if the entire kingdom grains
was poured, it wasn’t enough. Seeing the king’s dilemma, Lord Krishna
appeared in his true form and told the King to pay off his debt by
offering paal payasam made of rice and milk, in the temple freely to the
pilgrims every day until the debt was paid off.
sweet pudding is made of rice and milk and differs slightly from the
regular Rice Kheer that we make. Traditionally Chemba Rice is used,
however recent adaptation uses Basmati as well. I was all for getting
Chemba rice, but couldn’t get it in the last moment. So went ahead with
Basmati rice for this pudding.
Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam
Chemba rice / Basmati Rice – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 cup
Milk – 1 1/2 cup
Cashew and raisins – handful each
Ghee – 4 tbsp
A pinch of cardamom powder
How to make Pal Payasam
Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 mins.
Pressure cook the rice and keep aside.
Heat a non stick pan with ghee, fry the cashew and raisins till it turns golden brown. Keep it aside.
Next add 2 tsp of sugar and keep stirring continuously until the sugar melts and the colour of the ghee changes to brown. The sugar also caramelizes.
Add milk to it carefully and slowly from sideways and bring it to boil.
Once the milk starts boiling add the cooked rice to it and again allow it to boil. Now add the remaining sugar.
Continue to boil till the mixture becomes bit thick.
Now add the fried cashews and raisins and cardamom powder. Mix well and switch off.
Offer as prasadam to Lord Krishna before partaking.
When you are trying to brown the sugar, don’t wait for long as it will hard.
Simmer before adding the milk, else it might curdle.