Remember when you used to go back to school after the summer holidays and you’d totally forgotten how to tie your tie or do long division? The adult version of that is surely returning to work after Christmas/ New Year festive season. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Opps!! It took a while for me to settle back after that festive season.
No matter how much you love your passion; there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. We all needs to find inspiration, in order to produce inspired creations.
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ways of finding inspiration — some of them obvious, some of them less so. But it’s always good to have reminders, and if you haven’t used a few of these sources of inspiration in awhile, give them a go.
Blogs – This is one of my favorites, of course. I have many amazing blogging friends who are so great in inspirational writings. I would highly recommend you to read these blogs.
These bloggers really inspires me to action!
The other all sources which I depend are books, magazines, movies, art, quotes, nature, travel, children, success stories and my dreams.
This is my first post of the year with a sweet start!! Hopefully even a better year.
Payasam is a South Indian culinary term commonly used to refer to a creamy pudding, made with vermicelli, milk and sugar as the base ingredients and flavoured with cardamom, raisins and cashew nuts. The Payasam dessert has been an essential dish throughout the history of the Indian culinary heritage, commonly served during ceremonies, feasts and celebrations. Here I have made few variations in the payasam with mangoes and dates.
Mango, dates & vermicelli payasam/kheer (pudding)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Vermicelli – 1 cup
Milk – 4 cups
Ghee 2 tablespoons (clarified butter)
Cashew nuts – 10 numbers
Sugar – 1 cup
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Nutmeg powder 1/4 teaspoon
Mango pulp – ½ cup
Dates – 5 numbers finely chopped
Raisins – 15 numbers
- Heat ghee in a pan, add vermicelli and cashew nuts and fry till a pleasant aroma is released and keep aside.
- Boil milk in a thick-bottomed pan, and add to the roasted vermicelli and cashew nuts.
- Mix well and simmer for five minutes. Add sugar and continue cooking, stirring continuously.
- Cook for three to four minutes or till it thickens to the right consistency. Add cashew nuts, cardamom, raisins, dates and nutmeg powder.
- Stir well and serve as desired – hot, warm or chilled.
- Add mango pulp when it is warm, either on the top or bottom of the vessel. Here as I am presenting in a glass, I have added it in the bottom and payasam on the top.
- Enjoy your payasam!!
Note – Do not add mango pulp when it is boiling hot. Chances are there to split the milk.