This is part one in a two part series on Vishu. This article focus on the traditions and the origin behind this festival while the next one is about how we bring a part of this to our homes 100s to 1000s miles away from Kerala. Happy Vishu !
Kanji is a porridge made with rice and served with a one or more sides. Vishu Kanji is a special version made for Vishu – the Malayali New year. This is the sweet version of the dish in which cooked beans and rice are flavored with coconut milk and spices and sweetened with a little jaggery.
Nei Payasam is a cherished offering of Kerala temples. The gods love Nei Paysasam , so do the devotees, the non religious folks and even the atheists. Rice, ghee, and jaggery are the three main ingredients. These 3 blend together to create such incredible flavors that often times no other flavoring are needed !