Wishing everyone a happy New Year.
Celebrating New Year with Ada Pradhaman.
Payasams are the major Kerala dessert. Before the bakeries started with the fancy birthday cakes, this is the dish that made birthdays special. This was the dessert course that followed elaborate sadyas that followed wedding ceremonies.
In the days before the instant ada, ada was made from scratch and this is where a lot of work was involved. Then the ada is cooked, and added to a jaggery- coconut milk mixture. The coconut milk making is also elaborate, but I took the aid of canned coconut milk. Worked just fine!
Final toss in some coconut pieces fried in ghee and cardamom powder. Let it cool before serving.
I am not alone in this nostalgia. Other memories about ada pradhaman from fellow Malayalis on the net:
And achamma’s ada pradhaman, rich with pure ghee and whole green cardamom. Oh! That taste. ( Read here)
Payasams, mmmmmm, I love that especially ada pradhaman. ( Here)