Thursday, March 25, 2010

Palada Pradhaman/ Rice Flakes pudding

Hello friends! what abt palada pradhaman today? This is one of my yummy favourites..a regular during onam season, a 10 day grand festival of Kerala. It has its origin in the land of Malabar, known for yummy food! A real rich pudding or pradhaman made of flakes of cooked rice, its a really tasty n an easy dish to prepare. Try it out n make ur guests n family wonder at ur culinary skills! :)

Ingredients : 

Rice ada (small flakes) : 200g
Milk : 2 litres
Condensed milk : 3 tbspn
Sugar : 200g
Water : 300ml
Ghee : 3 tbspn
Cashewnut : a handful
Raisin : half the amount of cashews (if required)
Chukku (dried ginger) : 1 inch piece
Cardamom powder : 1/4 tspn
  • Cook ada; (not the big ones; they are better for the ada pradhaman made with jaggery) along with water in a pressure cooker until u get 3-4 whistles and keep aside to cool.
  • Boil milk in a bowl or cooker along with 3/4th the amount of sugar under low flame for about less than an hour and ur done when the milk reduces in content to about 1 1/2 litres and changes to a creamy pink colour.
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and pour ghee to it; once hot, fry the cashews n raisins and drain it n keep aside. 
  • Add cooked ada to the ghee and mix them very well for about 5 minutes. Add milk and stir thoroughly.
  • Add condensed milk and cook for about 5 minutes more. Check taste and add sugar if less. Stir occasionally until you get a slightly thick consistency. It is better that you donot wait until the content gets reduced to a much thicker consistency since it will gradually get even thicker after cooking as time passes on (which is called pathrabhagham referred in Vermicelli Pudding / Semia payasam).
  • Add cardamom powder and crushed dried ginger and stir well. Add the fried cashews and raisins. Switch off the flame; keep as such for about half an hour and then serve for the ultimate taste!
Note: Ada pradhaman is often mistaken for palada pradhaman, ada pradhaman is made of jaggery and coconut milk however, palada pradhaman is made as described above. 
Dont worry; moi will soon come up with ada pradhaman to get rid of ur tiny confusions!

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