Seviyyan Payasam / Kerala thali

Shevayachi kheer is something we make often but I wanted to make a payasam for my kerala thali. I did not have the time for making many tupes of payasam as suggested by my friend but this one was good enough to satiate our cravings for some good sweet after a hearty meal.

The hearty meal I spoke about was a mini version of the awesome kerala onam sadya. In mumbai, there lived a friend, who once told me, that for onam they make more than 30 -40 colorful items for the sadya. The focus is to ensure that color of one dish does not match with the other. So it can be green, yellow, ochre, peach, orange, brown, red and even black. The other challenge is that you dont use many ingredients to cook these, the basic ingredients remain the same, there needs to be one different ingredient added to the base coconut gravy.

I tried to follow her guidance to make this little platter....

One day I will also have to patience to jot down the recipes of each of the element on this platter and present to you again. For now, let me just tell you what it has...not the real has beet root thoran (beet red) ,a raw banana stir fry -( orange red), banana (lemon yellow), banana chips (yellow), stuffed dried red chilli (brownish black), white rice, snake gourd kootu curry ( greenish yellow). appalam (cream), drumsticks avial (whitish green) , rasam (reddish brown), sambhar( light brown), seviyyan payasam( divine colored :) ), ginger tamarind chutney - awesome (dark brown) and mango pickle....

1 cup Vermicelli
1 cup Full fat milk
1 cup condensed milk
1 tspn cardamom powder
10-12 cashewnuts (whole)
1 tspn ghee
1) In a pan, heat some ghee, roast the whole cashews for few minutes until it turns golden brown. Remove and set it aside
2) In the same pan, add the crushed seviyyan / vermicelli and saute it until it is brown and flavorsome
3) Add the warmed milk to this and let it reduce to 3/4th.
4) Add the condensed milk next and stir it until mixed well with the milk, the milk will now have a glossy
5) Add the cardamom powder and mix well
6) Serve with cashewnuts garnished on the top


Priya Suresh said…
All those foods served in Banana leaf is just inviting Pradnya.. Kheer looks super rich and creamy.
Seviya n payasam is my husband's favorite desert.The thali looks so beutiful served on the banana leaf.
Usha said…
Sadya looks colorful and beautiful. I also like the garnish on payasam.
Harini R said…
Our fav go-to dessert. The thali looks very tempting.
Sandhiya said…
Payasam looks yummy and nicely presented.
Srividhya said…
A easy and yummy kheer. Loved the thali
Srivalli said…
Wow you also did an Onam Sadya..I began with it and you ended with it..very nice!..and looking fwd to read all those colourful dishes soon..
Pavani said…
OMG Pradnya, such an elaborate Kerala thali. Everything looks so inviting (waiting for the recipes :-)
Payasam looks rich and creamy. Looks amazing.
Archana said…
Wow the Sadya looks awesome. Love it. As for the kheer its awesome.
Suma Gandlur said…
In my opinion, in spite of it's simplicity a vermicelli kheer just rocks.

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