Starting with the breakfast, I made the famous Masala Dosa of Tamil Nadu, where Potato masala is stuffed inside the dosa and served with a variety of Chutneys and Sambar. The potato Masala that I made was thick for it to be stuffed in. For a change, I made Coriander Coconut Chutney, Onion Chutney along with Amma's podi. Our regular stock of Amma's podi got exhausted and I got a fresh batch made by Amma.
Keeping with our custom of making a sweet on birthdays, I was wondering what to make that will be enough to feed 12 people with a couple of servings. Seviyan or Semiya Payasam came to mind. This is my favorite sweet when Amma makes. I don't make it so frequently and confirmed that my guests like this.
As you got to use more milk to get that richness, I was contemplating on the quantity of milk, I remembered the tin of condensed milk lying around. I had plans of making Eggless Chocolate Cake with it. But since my oven is not in working condition, it will be a while for me to attempt it. I decided that the best way to use up the tin is to make the Seviyan.
Seviyan | Sweet Vermicelli
Condensed Milk - 400 gms (1 tin)
Vermicelli / Semiya - 2 cups (200 gms)
Whole Milk - 1 liter
Water - 3 -4 glasses
Sugar - 4 tsp
Cardamom powder - 2 pinches
Cashew nuts - handful
Ghee / Clarified Butter - 1 tbsp
Method to prepare:
In a pan, roast the nuts and raisins in ghee. Remove and in the same ghee add the vermicelli. Roast till they turn colour a bit.
In another pan, boil the milk. When the milk boils over and simmered for 10 minutes, add the roasted vermicelli and water. Cook in low flame till the seviyan is cooked. Ensure you don't overcook the seviyan.
At this stage add the sugar and cardamom powder. Continue cooking over a low flame, when you check the semiya is cooked well. slowly add the condensed milk into the pan, stir well.
Finally, add the roasted nuts and raisins.
Notes: Normally to give more richness to the Payasa, we may just add a small quantity of condensed milk. But this is completely made with it. Hence it is extremely rich and very filling. You may dilute the proportion to suit your taste.
Another important thing to note is to ensure you don't overcook the vermicelli since it has the tendency to absorb more milk and the porridge becomes very thick.
Reduce the quantity used for making for a lesser number, this yielded me enough to serve app 10 - 12 people.
Check out how my kids had Mehendi done on their hands
I hope you enjoyed my series on traditional South Indian Breakfasts. My relatives have left today, hopefully, they enjoyed their stay. Do suggest if you want any more such series here.