Paalada Paayasam/ Paalada Pradhaman/ Palada Payasam
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I have been away from this space for almost a month now. Trust me, it was not easy. My camera went for repair and the waiting was really frustrating.
I was looking forward to get it back. The happiness was short lived when I realised that it was still not functional. Thankfully J understood my predicament and offered to buy me a new camera. Woo hoo !! I am back in my happy place. To celebrate the joy, I decided to make Paalada Paayasam, a traditional Kerala sweet, which holds an important place in Sadya.
In the olden days, the process of making Ada, an integral ingredient of the dish, was cumbersome. It involved soaking raw rice, drying, grinding, mixing, steaming etc. Nowadays, thanks to the availability of readymade ada, all one has to do, is to soak the ada and then get on with rest of the process. While we were posted in North India, ready made ada was not easily available. Once in a while, I dared opting for the good old process of making homemade ada. Even though the process was time-consuming, the satisfaction of being able to make it, cannot be expressed in words.
This time, I decided to go for the traditional way. This yielded approximately 200 grams of ada. If you wish to save time, you could use readymade Palada.