Navratri is being celebrated with great fervor in many of India and by Indian community around the world.These nine days we worship different forms of Goddess Durga. Each day represents one form. We offer different offerings to the goddess each day. The offerings differ from region to region. Today I am sharing a quick and easy payasa / payasam recipe to offer the Goddess. Sabakki Balehannu Payasa / Sabudana banana payasam is easy to make and insanely delicious too. It can be made with a few ingredients easily available in your pantry.
What is Navratri?
Navratri is an auspicious nine day festival to worship different forms of Goddess Durga. Each day represents one form of the Goddess. This year Navratri started on Oct 17th and ends on Oct 26th.
We worship Maa Shailputri on the first day
Maha Gauri Maa
Each of the 9 days represents one colour and different bhog or prashad is offered everyday. On the 10th day we celebrate Dussehra or Vijayadashmi to celebrate the victory of good over evil.Some people even fast for 9 days.
What is our theme for 269th Foodiemonday Bloghop Theme?
This week our theme was suggested by Mayuri patel who is an amazing blogger and has many incredible recipes from all parts of the world. She is a fantastic baker too. She blogs at Mayuri’s Jikoni . I with try her chutney Paneer thalipeeth soon.Last year during my visit to Bangalore, I got an opportunity to meet this humble and warm person who treated me delicious dhoklas at her place. I met a few other lovely blogger friends too. One of my most memorable trip which I will cherish forever. Can’t wait to meet again…………
Ripe Banana Delicious fruit adds a nice flavor and taste to the payasa
Sago / Sabakki : Gives a nice chewy taste and is cooling for the body too.
Desiccated Coconut: Finely grated coconut enhances the taste of the payasa
Palm Jaggery: Great Alternative to white sugar and good for health too.
Saffron : A exotic spice to add a nice flavor and color to the payasa
Almonds : Used for Garnishing
Milk : Main ingredient to make Payasa
Ghee : For roasting Almonds
Recipe for Sabakki Balehannu Payasa:
Author: Preethi Prasad
Prep Time : 10 Mins
Cook Time : 20 Mins
Total Time : 30 mins
Course : Dessert / Festive Special
Cuisine : South Indian
Serves : 4
2 Ripe Bananas ( Medium Size)
1 Tbsp Sabakki / Sabudana / Sago
2 Tsp Finely Grated Desiccated Coconut
500 ML Full fat Milk
4 Tsp Jaggery Powder
1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder
Generous pinch of Saffron
10 Almonds thinly Sliced
1 Tsp Ghee
Soak Sabakki / sabudana / Sago for 10- 15 Minutes
Peel the banana and slice them into round pieces. Keep them aside
Take a wide bottom pan . Boil the milk. Scrape the sides as the cream tends to collect on the sides.
Once it starts to boil add jaggery powder, finely grated desiccated coconut, chopped banana ,saffron strands and soaked sago.
Let it simmer for about 5-10 mins on medium flame. Turn off the heat.
In a small pan heat the ghee. Roast the almonds and turn off the heat.
Garnish the payasa with ghee roasted almonds . Allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
Serve warm or refrigerate it and serve cold as per your choice.