Sweet beginnings…

by Sunita on September 5, 2007

A new class…a new teacher…and a new place to line up. Yes, after six weeks of holidays, it’s back to school for Rengoni and Agastya. They were of course, pleased to be back… to meet their friends and to greet their teachers. As they lined up and entered the school, the anticipation of a new atmosphere in a new class was written large on their faces. More so for Rengoni, as the class to which she has been promoted, is new to the school as well…hence the curiosity is more. But the nicest thing that was reflected in them was their sense of pride in moving one more step up the ladder.

The last few weeks, the house has been reverberating with their boisterousness…their laughter and their little squabbles took up my days. The house has been as messy as ever. It seemed as if I was forever picking up little bits and bobs that were strewn all over the house…cars, superheroes, dolls, craft boxes…they seemed to be everywhere.

On returning home after dropping them off at school, as I entered the house, it was still in a mess. As I tidied up those ‘bits and bobs’, I knew that today they would remain in their proper places for a very long time…(long happy sigh). So , I set about it and the job was done. But, after that, the eerie silence stared to creep in… I’ve always found the first few days after the kids are back to school a bit difficult…at such time even the mess seems to be welcome. But then I realise that although they are now away , they are in an environment in which they are happy…as long as that is the case, I think, I can console myself with that very fact…after all…birds do have to fly out of their nests!

So here’s something that I made to usher in new and sweet beginnings…gooror payash/jaggery rice pudding. Where I come from, almost every happy occasion is usually celebrated with rice pudding…and kids starting a new class is a happy enough occasion to give a sweet kick start to their new academic year. So here goes…

What’s needed-

1 ltr milk
2 handfuls of basmati rice, washed and soaked in water for 10-15 minutes
25 gms of jaggery
2 bay leaves
1 cup of stoned and chopped dates and cashew nuts

How to-

  1. In a deep saucepan, bring the milk to boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the milk for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the rice along with the bay leaves and jaggery.
  4. Stir till the jaggery is dissolved.
  5. Simmer for around 25 minutes, stirring now and then to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the dates and cashew nuts, and continue to simmer as before for another 12-13 minutes. (By this time, the rice and milk should have come together as one thick whole. The last few minutes are very crucial and should be stirred constantly).
  7. Remove from heat and discard the bay leaves.
  8. Serve hot or cold.

All that is left to be done now is to dig in and wish for the best in the coming year. Btw, back home, we also ad a pinch of camphor, which I left out in this payash.

Another thing…some time ago, Sandeepa found me thoughtful enough to pass on the ‘thoughtful blogger award’. Thanks Sandeepa, and thanks to all of you who stop by my humble blog and care enough to drop a nice word…they all do count. So thanks everyone.

The thoughtful blogger award is for “those who answer blog comments, emails, and make their visitors feel at home on their blogs. For the people who take others’ feelings into consideration before speaking out and who are kind and courteous. Also for those bloggers who spend so much of time helping other bloggers design, improve and fix their sites. This award is for those generous bloggers who think of others”.

And I would now like to pass on the sweet feeling to-

Musical of musical’s kitchen
Raaga of the singing chef
Shn of mishmash

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bhags September 5, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Best of luck to Rengoni and Agastya for their new year at school…….rice pudding, apt way to start …..cool snaps


2 Mandira September 5, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Good luck to Rengoni and Agastya for the new year. The payesh looks fab sunita :)


3 sunita September 5, 2007 at 4:25 pm

bhags, thanks…we love this pudding:)


4 sunita September 5, 2007 at 4:28 pm

mandira, thanks…glad you dropped by… you must be enjoying your new abode:)


5 Madhu September 5, 2007 at 4:36 pm

Hi Sunitha,
My daughter loves this kind of pudding….you must be getting busy, with the boys since the school started. The bowl looks awesome.


6 Happy cook September 5, 2007 at 5:32 pm

HeyGood luck to Rengoni and Agastya.
Pudding looks nice and the amount of jagerry is less so i think it won’t be so sweet which i like.


7 Suganya September 5, 2007 at 6:15 pm

Aww.. I don’t know exactly what the feeling is. But I noted Sandeepa (Bong Mom) feeling the same way too. I guess my mom felt that way too.


8 Pooja V September 5, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Pudding looks awesome i am sure Rengoni and Agastya just loved it till the last spoon.


9 sunita September 5, 2007 at 6:16 pm

madhu, even my kids love this pudding a lot…btw, its a girl and a boy:)


10 sunita September 5, 2007 at 6:18 pm

happy cook, thanks…you’re right, it was not very sweet, and we too like it that way…nice to have you over.


11 sunita September 5, 2007 at 6:19 pm

suganya, that’s a universal feeling I suppose…makes one appreciate one’s mother all the more:)


12 sunita September 5, 2007 at 6:26 pm

pooja v, thanks…the kids had it a while ago, and yes, they did lick their spoons clean.


13 musical September 5, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Best wishes to Rengoni and Agastya for their year at school and for everything else :) . Lovely payesh to start with! It looks really yummy and i love the addition of bay leaves, it adds a subtle flavor to the whole dish. You are really a thoughtful person and blogger, dear! and thank you so much for thinking of me…..it really mean a lot!


14 Sandeepa September 5, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Best wishes to R & A for the new school year. Even in my home paayesh is the food for all such happy occasions


15 sunita September 5, 2007 at 6:57 pm

musical, thanks for the wishes…regarding the bay leaves, we always add it to this dish…in fact we also add a pinch of camphor, but I didn’t have any:(…and yes, you’re a thoughtful blogger as well:)


16 sunita September 5, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Sandeepa,thanks for the wishes…and payash does make a happy occasion all the more sweeter, doesn’t it:)


17 Mansi Desai September 5, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Hey Sunita, nice reading your profile:) and thnks for visiting my blog!

this rice pudding looks nice..i bet your kids had a real sweet start!


18 Sirisha Kilambi September 5, 2007 at 9:02 pm

I love this pudding…Looks great :-)


19 Anh September 5, 2007 at 10:53 pm

This sounds like a simple yet very comforty dessert!


20 Rajitha September 6, 2007 at 12:15 am

that pudding and the bowl look great…i love glass bowls, makes everything look fancy


21 Pragyan September 6, 2007 at 1:05 am

Hi Sunita, Christmas holidays will be here soon..birds will be back in the nest all snuggled up. :) Pudding looks delicious..


22 Namratha September 6, 2007 at 1:24 am

Hmmmmmm Rice Pudding, looks delicious!! Congrats on your award, you sure are thoughtful:)


23 Sreelu September 6, 2007 at 4:01 am

Sunitha ,your post made me very senti,I agree first fews of school is more anxeity for the parents than kids.Sweet way to start the school


24 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:28 am

mansi, welcome to my world …and thanks, the kids did enjoy the dessert( well, we all did:D)


25 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:29 am

sirisha, thanks…we love it a lot:)


26 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:30 am

anh, it is indeed very simple to make…and yet is really delicious:)


27 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:31 am

rajitha, thanks…glad you like the ‘fancy’ dessert;)


28 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:33 am

pragyan, that’s a consoling thought indeed:)…glad you came by.


29 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:35 am

namratha, the award is thanks yo you people:)


30 sunita September 6, 2007 at 8:37 am

sreelu, I think we, as parents tend to underestimate the children’s capabilities…they are actually very well at adapting to new situations:)


31 Cynthia September 7, 2007 at 1:23 am

You’ve made one of my favourite things and I love you even more for that :)


32 Kajal September 7, 2007 at 2:48 am

WOW……….I like your glass design my dear……….We never made this sweet rice only made “Khir” but this also looks delicious my dear. I will try it sure.:)


33 sunita September 7, 2007 at 8:15 am

cynthia darling,then what are you waiting for…go on and have a spoonful:)…or more:D


34 sunita September 7, 2007 at 8:16 am

kajal,thanks for dropping by…do give it a try:)


35 Anonymous September 30, 2007 at 8:22 pm

Can you make rasmalai?


36 chuna January 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

hey sunita!!
i m viewing ur blog for the first time.. bt m hooked now:)
wd be better if u cd add the time it takes and how many ppl it serves!!!


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