Delicious sweet pudding made with fresh jackfruit, with touch of coconut and milk.
Next week is our harvest festival Vishu; it is on April 15 th2015. It is one of the traditional festivals celebrated all over Kerala, South India my home town. I makes elaborate feast and celebrate with full zing usually. This year as it coming on working day, I will be making few dishes and a paysam (sweet pudding) along with traditional ritual of seeing Vishukani in the early morning on that day. Usually both chakka (jackfruit) and Manga (mango) is available in plenty during vishu time. So variety of dishes is made with them. I tried this Chakka Payasam/Jackfruit pudding last weekend as I bought some fresh jackfruit from Hong Kong Market.
Only after Vishu, rice is planted so that it will get ready for another festival in 4-5 months. Around this time the Cassia plant ( Cassia fistula,golden shower tree) is in bloom with its beautiful golden flower just in time for Vishu and it will be another year for it to bloom again. On Vishu we starts the day with Vishu Kani which means seeing fruits, books, gold, money, rice and vegetables in a vessel kept near the Krishna idol in puja room ( worshipping room) very early in the morning with the belief that the coming year will be prosperous. Once Kani is done then Vishukaineetam (money) is given by the elders to younger ones in the family; it symbolizes the importance of sharing.
I have to try few traditional Vishu recipes on my list, of which I have tried Kaniyappam, Vishu kanji, Mampazha Kalan. Now in the list to try is another version of Vishu Kanji , Vishukatta etc. If time permits I will try that too.
I have tried ChakkaPpradhaman / Jackfruit pudding earlier, but it is made with jackfruit preserve/ chakka varati. However this recipe uses fresh jackfruits also it has specialty of adding milk in coconut milk pasyasam. Yes when we make pradhaman, we don’t combine both milk and coconut milk usually. But this one is slightly different. I found this recipe in Vanitha magazine.
If you can grab some fresh jackfruit make sure to try this one delicious. Here comes the recipe.