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Sharkara Payasam – A Wedding, a Festival and a Birthday


 Native to Kerala and deeply embedded in the Malayali psyche is the brown jaggery payasam – the Sharkara Payasam. Jaggery is unrefined cane sugar. It is rich in minerals, particularly iron. In short, Jaggery is a healthy sweetener with an earthy taste. At any family celebration – a marriage function, the naming ceremony of a new-born … Continue reading

Paal Payasam / Ari Payasam – Of Dreams and Desserts


Not a day passes in our house when we do not use an Amul product, the brainchild of Dr. Verghese Kurien, ‘ Father of the White Revolution’ in  India. Recently I was lucky to chance upon his autobiography “I Too Had A Dream“,  and was filled with wonder at his energy, foresight and commitment. He … Continue reading

Semia Payasam – Once Upon a Time… A Birthday!


In these days of mass-manufactured birthday parties conducted by professionals, my mind often drifts back to the time when I was a child. On my piranaalu (birthday), my parents made me feel like a princess……. We would go to the temple early in the morning ; and after that, pay our respects to the elders … Continue reading