August 17, 2017

Chakka Payasam / Jack Fruit Payasam and Onam Cleaning Tips with LAL HIT


In Kerala, Onam is a ten-day long celebration of harvest and is the most important festival of Kerala. Onam has many elaborate rituals like increasing flower arrangements and decorations every day etc. special food recipes preparation etc. I would share one Onam special recipe too. As with most traditional festivals, Onam is also associated with cleanliness. As most of the population lives in an urbanized city environments, cleaning our houses is the now part of the festival rituals. Festival cleaning rituals have to be more special and methodical and this means including LAL HIT in the deep-cleaning process.

       Traditionally Preparations for the Thiru Onam starts in a big way with House cleaning  on a massive scale, with every nook and corner of the hosue  made neat and tidy. This is a good occasion for us to kickstart a deep-cleaning session in our houses periodically. Most of us have a busy weekdays - monday through friday, as kids and adults both men and women nowadays have hectic work schedules. Even though we might have housemaids atleast part-time on hourly basis, we can't expect the house-cleaning activities to be perfect. We would definitely the nooks and corners of the houses even if we manage to keep the floors and furnitures clean. That's why deep cleaning should be a weekly or atleast monthly ritual. If some of you are feeling that daily fatique is overwhelming you, let Onam's festive spirits motivate you to engage in the deep-cleaning.

      I’ve been getting a number of requests for making a quick and healthy Onam recipe which would be easy to prepare and not use too many dishes, so that cleanup is a breeze afterwards. I understand the pain – it is irritating to wash all the dirty dishes after cooking is over, and if you leave them stacked up, chances are you’d get a score of roaches on your kitchen sink, trying to pry off the last morsels of food from your dirty plates and spreading germs and can result in food poisoning. You really don’t want your new year to turn out to be a sad one, where you and your family might fall sick. 

    This is why I keep Lal Hit around, which is deadly on cockroaches and really keeps them away.

       Before the recipe, a note about why we need deep-cleaning periodically with LAL HIT, need to make it a monthly kitchen cleaning regime. Cockroaches very easily and surely escape the regular cleaning process by hiding in hard to reach corners like under the cylinder, sink, cracks, and crevices. They contaminate food and affect family members, guest, and kids in particular. LAL HIT is the only solution that can eliminate the hidden cockroaches. It comes with a Deep Reach Nozzle that can get inside deep corners, cracks, and crevices. Now that we have the kitchen cleaning expert-LAL Hit with us we can be tension free and cook delicious.

Here is the Onam special recipe:

Jack Fruit Payasam / Chakka Pradhaman

Jack Fruit
10 nos
¼ cup
Thick Coconut Milk
1 cup
2 tbsp
Cashew Nuts
10 nos
Dry Grapes
20 nos
Cardamom Powder
1/4 tsp

1. Remove the seed from the jack fruit. Chop them into small pieces.
2. Pressure cook them with ½ cup of water for 2-3 whistles in a medium flame.
3. After the pressure has gone, allow it to cool down completely.
4. Grind them into a fine paste using the mixie jar.
5. Add 2 tbsp of water with powdered jaggery. Bring into boil till the jaggery melts completely.
6. String the jaggery syrup with metal strainer.
7. Add this jaggery syrup and cardamom powder with ground jackfruit paste. Mix them well and bring to boil.
8. Heat the ghee in a small pan. Add cashew nuts and fry till they become little bit brown.
9. Then add the dry grapes/ raisins and fry till the raisins become double in its size.
10. Pour this mixture into the jackfruit payasam mix. Mix them well and cook for 2-3 mins.
11. Finally add the coconut milk and mix them well. If the payasam starts to boil, switch off the flame. Don’t over cook the payasam after adding the cococnut milk.

    Yummy and tasty jackfruit payasam / chakka pradhaman is ready!

1. You can also use finely chopped and fried coconut pieces.

Festivals motivate us to do a special deep-cleaning of our houses. I have made it a habit to deep-clean my house every month with LAL HIT to avoid food poisoning at home. LAL HIT now also comes with a fresh fragrance spreading nice aroma in your kitchen. Festivals also bring the Joyous mood to our house. Celebrate Onam this year with an Onam recipe like chakka payasam and spread the joy.



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