First, I want to wish a very very happy “Ugadi” to all my readers. Ugadi marks the beginning of the new Hindu lunar Calendar, which is based on the change in the moon’s orbit. Ugadi is a Lunar New year for us.
On the eve of this festival I made our traditional payasam and enjoyed with my family.
“Berati” is nothing but preserved fruit pulp, which is cooked until it forms into thick mass and usually made when it is in abundance and stored for future use.
In Coastal region we love jack and Banana in many forms. Berati Payasa (preserved Banana or Jack) is one of them.
Now we will see traditionally how it is made:
Berati / Banana preserve – 1 bowl
Coconut – 1 (To extract milk)
Thin coconut milk – 2cups
Thick coconut milk – ½ cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
Ghee – 1 tbl sp
Thin Coconut slices – 2 tbl sp
Cashew pieces – 2 tbl sp
Toasted black sesame – 1 table spoon
Fresh coconut slices – 1 to 2 table spoons
- Take out Berati from your freezer and keep aside for some time to attain room temperature.
- Slice coconut by using small knife, chop these sliced pieces into small bits.
- Toast black sesame and keep aside.
- Take little ghee and fry coconut bits and keep aside.
- If you want to, you can add ghee roasted cashew bits as well.
- Grate coconut (coconut should be fresh), put one cup of water and grind this in a mixer jar and extract milk by sieving this ground mixture. This is thick coconut milk and you should keep this separately. We use this at the end stage of Payasa making.
- Do this procedure a couple of times to get a thin extract and lastly discard coconut fibre.
- If you are using readymade coconut milk, please skip this step.
- Now take one thick bottomed vessel, put Berati, thin coconut milk and dissolve Berati and keep this on a gas stove to boil.
- Usually while making Berati, we put Sugar, so no need of additional sugar.
- Lastly add thick extract of coconut milk and give one boil. Don’t boil it much. Add Cardamom powder and mix.
- Remove from fire and add fried coconut pieces, toasted black sesame or cashew brittles to prepared Payasa.
- Serve with lunch thali or as a dessert.
- Traditionally only toasted sesame and coconut bits are added.
- Vegans can omit ghee and roast all the items, instead of frying.