Pal Payasam , Pal means Teeth in Tamil and Payasam is Kheer. And we keep this on few occasions
1. When the baby's first tooth is erupted
2. When boys attain their puberty (When their sweet voice gets coarse 😆)
3. When the coconut tree blooms it's first flower
Milk - 1/2 Liter
Coconut - 1 cup
Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Method: Soak the raw rice for 1 hour and grind smoothly along with the coconut & little water, when grounded it should be in batter consistency. In a thick bottomed pan add ghee and add the grounded rice . Continuously stir for 10 minutes, it will become like paste now, Switch off the gas and let it cool.
Boil milk by adding water , By the time grease your hands with ghee and make small balls of the rice paste and make it teeth shape. Add the balls to the boiling milk and add sugar & cardamom powder. Keep it in medium flame, Once its done the teeth shape balls will float on top. Switch off and add 2 or 2 strands of saffron.
This is done by the entire family especially kids, it's so much fun to do this with cousins and we make it really small just like teeth , If anyone makes it big we tease that " It's just like your teeth ", Good old days huh. I did not get time to make it small yesterday. The kheer is really tasty, the bland taste of rice balls with coconut is heavenly.