Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sago Payasam - Celebrating Tamil New Year and Vishu

Colorful payasam5

Happiness is beyond nationality!
Happiness is beyond religion!
Happiness is beyond caste!
Happiness is beyond language!

I am happy to celebrate Tamil new year as well as Vishu this day :) After all you just need a reason to celebrate na!! :) :) :)

I am enjoying this day with a very simple yet versatile dessert. Colorful and fun to have :)

Colorful Payasam 3

Ingredients:

Sago - 1 cup
Water - 3 cups
Sugar - as required
Milk - 1 cup
Cashews - few
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
and some creativity.. he he.. just kidding.. All kinds of squashes and fruit crushes you have :)

Colorful Payasam 2

Method:

Cook 1 cup of sago using three cups of water on stove top. It will take around 15 mins. Once the sago is completely cooked (will become transparent) add sugar and mix till id dissolves.

Now in a pan, take a tsp of ghee and roast the cashews till they turn light brown. Add them to the sago payasam along with powdered cardamom. Add milk to the payasam only before serving.

Your base is done. :)

Now scratch your brain. Find all kinds of squashes, fruit crushes and syrups you have. Make the payasam flavorful :)

White - Plain payasam.

Brown - I added few tsp of chocolate syrup I had. Have you ever imagined a payasam in chocolate flavor. ;) Believe me, its terrific :)

Orange - Mixed few tsp of orange ready made kissan squash I had.

Yellow - Used mango pulp for flavoring.

Green - Combined few drops of pista syrup along with the payasam base.

Pink - Mixed few tsp of Hybiscus squash. :) (will post the recipe soon) You can substitute with rose milk essence.

Isn't that simple yet interesting!! :)

Serve it hot or cold. I prefer my dessert to be cold for this hot climate. :)

Happy making and Happy eating. :)

Colorful Payasam 1

Note:

You can make similar styled dessert using vermicelli or any type of pasta for that matter.

You can use raspberry, strawberry, rose milk, badam essence, blueberry squash etc. Be versatile and freak out.

Enjoy the colors of life. :)

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En Iniya Tamil Puthaandu Nalvalthukkal.

Happy Vishu to all :)

Sago payasam participates in Cooking with seeds even hosted by Niloufer of Kitchen Samraj. This event was started by our awesome blogger buddy Priya.


Written by: Nithya
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52 comments:

Pavithra Srihari said...

hey this is called sheer showmanship cooking. Very impressive colors da..

Happy new year and Vishu ..

Priya said...

Wish you and your family a Very Happy Vishu !!

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Pavithra said...

Looks beautiful nithi.. and i am surprised to see my idea here. Not the payasam the color palatte idea.. Anyways puthandu valthukkal with lovely colorful payasam.

Anu said...

Happy Vishu !! Colorful and yummy payasam...

Geetha Achal said...

மிகவும் அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள்...

N S said...

Happy Vishu to you and your family. The arrangement is so colorful and real feast to the eyes.

Ammu Madhu said...

தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்.Payasam looks fantastic.

Yummy Team said...

Brilliant Idea Nithya!!! Awesome pictures too..Happy Vishu!

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Latha said...

Colorful and yummy payasam....happy new year to you.

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! so colorful..very cute pictures..iniya puthandu vazhthukal:-)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Kalakettenga......... super idea.

divya said...

Happy Vishu !! Colorful and yummy payasam..

Gita Jaishankar said...

Iniya Puthanadu Vazthukal dear :) payasam looks lovely...love your creativity Nithya....looks wonderful!

Panchpakwan said...

Happy Vishu to you and your family...
Beautiful presention..so colorful and fresh...

Payasam looks yummm..

Swapna Sree said...

wooow!!!!colorful payasam...love all the flavors...cute presentation...
happy tamil new year and vishu....

sangeeta said...

Hi Nithya....
i loved the changes in your blog and this colorful desert is just awesome , i make only the mango one ....your photography is so very creative in the last few posts i just saw..
came here after a long time n it's such a nice surprise.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

iniya puthandu vazhthukal:) a wonderful and colorful treat to celebrate:)

AdukalaVishesham said...

that looks wonderful... beautiful colors... wish you a happy vishu and tamil new year...

Pedhakka said...

Wow cute !!

simply.food said...

Happy Vishu.I love the innovative way you have use the flavourings..The pic is clicked beautifully.

San said...

It's more colorful n catchy than the rainbow nithya :) I was surprised to see colorful payasams,they look stunning.Thamizh puthandu vazhthukkal.

Priya said...

Iniya puthaandu nal vaazhthukkal Nithya..colour colour wat colour do u want..lolz am just playing with ur payasams dear, truly very cute and creative..

Divya Vikram said...

Puthaandu nalvaazhthukkal. What a colorful start. Would love to try the choco version.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey this rainbow payasam looks divine.Such creativity! So which on is your favorite?

I posted cocoa payasam in my blog for Tamil New year..So many versions of payasam in many blogs today.
Happy Tamil New Year/Vishu to you!

Swathi said...

Nithya,

Nice colored payasam. I like your idea of coloring without food color.

I'm a Home Chef !!! said...

wishing u a very happy vishu...nice pictures!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

First of all wish you and your family a very Happy Vishu :-)
Loved the idea of adding different colours. Impressed by your presentation style dear....

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Aps said...

Awesome click...nd each flavor luks super!!

Mriganayani said...

Oh Wow..that is one colorful dish! I'm not a big fan of sago payasam - but I eat anything that has chocolate in it and would love to try your chocolate payasam!

Happy new year to you and all your family!

Padmashri said...

Hi Nithya,
I came across your blog yesterday looking for something to make for dinner and I must say your blog is one of the best I 've come across so far. It's not just the obviously amazing collection of recipes but also the meticulous presentation. Accolades to your artistry and keep up the excellent work. Happy vishu to you and your family.
Regards,
Padmashri

Sharmilee! :) said...

Colorful payasams...looks yum, Luved ur colorful presentation as well!

Suma Rowjee said...

Happy new year! Very creative to make flavors of sago payasam!

srividhya Ravikumar said...

wow.. very creative .. wonderful colours..

USA Trip said...

Hey... What an impressive idea!! Hats off to your imagination. Enjoy your colorful tamil new year with colorful payasam.

Priti said...

Wish you n all happy near year too ...interesting idea indeed...looks cute

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

hey didnt expect such a presentation of that payasam... man u stole my ideas.. i was abt to make chocolate kesarii.. he he this week and u did with payasam.. and what a presentation... hats off to you da. .. keep continuing the good work ..

Tina said...

Soooo beautiful and tempting...

Sanjana said...

Happy new year and Happy Vishu. Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!

Sumi said...

beautiful pearly payasam pictures.Even i made ermicelly and sago payasam yesterday.Happy new year to you .

Krishnaveni said...

Superb...superb.....superb........

AvanthiRao said...

i use both semiya and sago for payasam , nice clicks of urs :)

cookcurrynook said...

Wow, I love the pictures and the compositions! One of the pic reminded of the 'Picasa' logo...very very well done Nits! The coloured payasam bowls look so pretty. I guess if I was served some of it, I would end up just admiring it, and ouldnt have the heart to eat it cos it is so cute :)
Psst...when bro and me were little, we used to call this Bubble Payasam!! Your post brought back flashes of nostalgia :)

Happy New Year to you as well...hope you have great year ahead!

Mangala Bhat said...

wowow! I make this all the time ..but yours look beautiful and colorful ..very creative ..BTW happy Vishu! Enjoi!

jayasri said...

Hey, Romba, Romba, alazha irak!!, what a delightful presentation!!, what a creativity!!, uzhalkum puthandu and vishu nalvazthukal!!,kudos to you!!

Srivalli said...

That is simply mind blowing!..too good Nithya..

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Truly a feast to eyes n stomach. Loved all the flavors.

ras said...

From where I can buy Hybiscus squash?

ras said...

From where I can buy Hybiscus squash?

Nithya said...

Thanks all :)

@ras - http://www.4thsensecooking.com/2010/06/color-mania-5-hibiscus-squash.html

thats the link for hibiscus squash recipe. check it out :)

Torviewtoronto said...

wow this is beautiful thank you for linking it to the food palette series rainbow colours

Muskaan at A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Rainbow payasam looks divine..so very nice and colorfulll...

Janani said...

ur loaded with cretive mind love ur creation

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