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Ada Pradhaman (Onam Special Payasam / Kheer)

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"Pradhaman" in Malayalam means number one ,and it is so for a good reason ! Unlike its counterpart 'payasam' or 'kheer', ada pradhaman is made elaborately using a variety of ingredients on the occasion of Ona-Sadya, which is a banquet arranged for the celebration of Onam festival in Kerala. The recipe itself can be divided into two parts ,first being the preparation of ada and second -preparation of pradhaman .There are ready-made ada available in the market but you can sure tell the difference when it's homemade .
Ingredients
For the ada
  Rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Soaked in water for 4 hours)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (As needed)
For the pradhaman
  Jaggery piece 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (As per your taste)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Thick coconut milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cardamom 3 Medium, crushed and seeds used
For garnishing
  Ghee 2 Teaspoon (For toasting the nuts and dry fruits)
  Nuts To Taste
  Dry fruits To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Soak rice for about 4 hrs.

MAKING
To prepare the ada:
2. After 4 hours, put into a blender and blend using very little water to form a thick paste.
3. Spread the prepared paste on a clean and dry banana leaf, as shown in the video, leaing enough space on the corners.
4. Roll carefully like a scroll and tie with a string.
5. Steam cook for about 10 - 12 minutes.
6. Once done, open each banana leaf scroll and let cool. Sprinkle a little water so that it does not stick.
7. Using a sharp knife start making horizontal and vertical lines on the sheet and remove carefully. Set all the prepared ada aside.
To prepare the pradhaman:
8. In a saucepan, bring the jaggery to a boil along with water.
9. Add 1 cup ada and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes.
10. Finally, add the crushed cardamom and turn off the heat. Top with your favorite nuts and dry fruits toasted in ghee.

SERVING
11. Serve as a dessert after a traditional Kerala meal or as a snack.

Note
The traditional recipe calls only for coconut milk but one can use part milk and part coconut milk or any proportion to their liking and taste .
The ada will be sticky due to starch content, dip your fingers in oil before handling the banan leaf to make it easy to work with.

Things You Will Need
1. Banana Leaves - Cut into small portions
2. Steamer

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Kerala
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Pudding
Occasion: 
Onam
Specialty: 
Sadya
Restriction: 
Vegetarian, Low Cholesterol
Ingredient: 
Rice
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
4
"Pradhaman" in Malayalam means number one, and it is so for a good reason ! Unlike its counterparts 'payasm' or 'kheer', ada pradhaman is made elaborately using a variety of ingredients on the occasion of Onam Sadhya , a banquet arranged for the celebration of the Onam festival in Kerala. The recipe shows you how to prepare of Ada from scratch and then the preparation of the pradhaman. There are ready-made ada available in the market but you can sure tell the difference when its homemade.

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