Saturday, April 25, 2009

Akshaya Tritiya with Aval Payasam

Akshaya Tritiya, falls on the third day of the bright half of the lunar month of Vaisakha of the traditional Hindu calendar.
It is one of the four most auspicious days of the year for Hindus.
The word "Akshaya", a Sanskrit word, literally means one that never diminishes, and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is widely celebrated in all parts of India by different sections of the society irrespective of their religious faith and social grouping. The day is particularly considered auspicious for buying long term assets like gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond and other precious stones; and the real estate. The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity.
(Source :Wiki)


1/2 cup beaten rice (Poha)
2 cups Whole milk
1 cup sugar (can use less if adding condensed milk)
1/2 cup Condensed milk (optional)
1 tsp crushed cardamom
1 tbsp cashewnuts
1 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
Saffron strands to garnish


Wash beaten rice, drain well and set aside. Heat the milk on medium and while it is warm enough, add the beaten rice and crushed cardamom. Let it cook for 10 -15 minutes.
At this stage condensed milk can be added to give some richness. It is purely optional.
In a pan fry cashewnuts and raisins to golden brown with ghee and let it cool.
Remove the payasam (kheer) from heat and add fried nuts and raisins. Garnish with saffron strands and serve warm.
This Payasam can be kept as Neivedyam to God on Akshaya Tritiya day.
I am sending this to Cooking for kids- Rice Hosted by Trupti's Food Corner

If you are wondering why I am not blogging regularly, the below picture is one of the reason.

Yes, This necklace is handmade by me for little Diya. This is my first attempt in Jewellery making. It is made of pearls and ruby.