Dish: Bellam Payasam (Dairy-free Rice Pudding with Jaggery)
For the second day of Festival special, I have a dairy-free rice pudding recipe made with jaggery. Bellam payasam was one of the dishes that is made during navathri. I wasn’t sure how this was different from bellam paravannam. As I was discussing this with my mom, she remembered a similar sweet preparation that was made by one of my neighbors, it was made with just jaggery and rice — no milk is added. Since my husband is milk-phobic, my mom decided to make this dish for him.
The final dish was quite tasty and it was creamy from the soft cooked rice. It tasted almost similar to the paravannam and I don’t think I missed the milk in it.