I wouldn’t consider myself a big fan of Indian food. But I cannot resist Indian desserts. And since the festive season has begun, I get to relish all kinds of sweets, and I love them?!
Payasam, a south Indian delicacy is a bowl full of rice or vermicelli cooked in milk, sweetened and finished with a hearty addition of nuts and dry fruits. I am told, in Kerala, Payasam gets a dedicated space in the traditional thali during festivals like Onam or during the traditional Malayalam feast popularly known as Sadhya.
Since I am currently based in South India, my Onam would definitely be incomplete without Payasam. So I go on mission-payasam. And end up at Hotel Ayodhya, Mangalore. I was recommended this place by a friend and I thought of trying it out since I do not know my way around the place anyways.
But to my disappointment, I wouldn’t get payasam there. With a heavy heart I was about to leave when the waiter announced a list of other desserts they serve. Some names sounded familiar. Now that I was already here, the foodie within me bounced into action and I decided to have something. And I ended up ordering not one, butfour desserts.
First to arrive was Neyappam. I was having this for the first time. Neyyappam is a Kerala special rice and jaggery pancakes fried in ghee. Cardamom and dried ginger are added for flavour.
The next to arrive was Ras Malai (a Bengali sweetmeat). I anyways love Ras Malai and ended up getting another one. I also managed to have Jalebis (a sweet made by deep frying wheat flour in circular shapes and soaking them in sugar syrup) and Cashew Halwa (confection made out of cashew nuts) aswell. It was such a great day.
I was rather full by this time and decided to forget about mission-payasam. So I went back and was delighted to find my cook serve payasam and gulab jamun (dessert made out of milk solids and soaked in sugar syrup) in the evening! Yayyh!! I was wondering what‘s up with her. Guess she read my mind and said, ‘Onam special.’ So I not only eat payasam, but also went on a sweet tasting spree!
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