During the festival season try out this easy, no-cook Kerala temple prasadam. It is nut-free, deliciously sweet, easily digestible and gluten-free.
What is trimadhuram?
If you have visited traditional Kerala temples Early in the morning you will receive a tiny bit of this on the corner of your banana leaf that carries the fresh flowers and a tiny dollop of sandalwood paste. This tasty treat that is offered to the Gods (especially Krishna temples) in the morning is trimaduram. As the day proceeds you will get aval nanachathu or appam. Yet, the trimaduram taste lingers in your heart. ‘Tri’ means three and ‘madhuram’ is sweet ingredients. So the combination of 3 simple ingredients together is the Kerala temple prasadam of Trimadhuram.
Ingredients in trimadhuram
This no-cook dessert is a unique temple prasadam recipe from Kerala cuisine. Yet, it is very easy to make at home.
Pazham or Banana- there are a great many variety of little bananas in South India. This recipe ideally uses kadali pazham. Kadali pazham is not too sweet but has an unusual fragrance nor longer than your little finger. This tiny banana is native to Kerala. If you are aboard use ladyfinger banana, comes close but is not exact.
Then or Honey – honey is the sweet viscous liquid that makes everything nice. The wildflower honey has a unique flavour. Combined with the banana the wild flower honey doesn’t stick, rather creates a smooth feel.
Kalkandu or rock sugar – previous to the existence of refined sugar , rock sugar was considered purer. It is probably the crunch and the crystalline look that makes it to this recipe.
Ghee-there is only a drop of ghee added to this recipe just before serving. This is because in Ayurveda honey and ghee are not given together and so they don’t make it to the prasadam together. The details are in the recipe below.
- mixing bowls and spoons.
- 1 small Banana use lady finger bananas or kadali banana.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoon rock candy rock sugar cut in squares
- 1 drop ghee / clarified butter
- Peel and chop the banana.
- Add this to the mixing bowl.
- Add the honey and rock candy to the banana.
- Mix till the banana is well coated with the honey.
- Just before serving add a driop of ghee.
Check out this video to see how trimadhuram is made.
Significance of trimadhuram for Navrathri
During the last few days of Navrathri, people submit their, books and work instruments as a wrapped parcel to God to be blessed. When they receive it back, they also get a spoonful of this trimadhuram. As it is considered to enhance memory and ability to perform better.
This is also the snack children receive when they learn to write their first words in a plateful of rice grains during Vijayadashami day. The recipe is always made fresh and served in small quantities only.
Though kadali pazham is recommended, you can use other locally available bananas if you like.
When you make trimadhuram at home people add fruits that grow in their garden along with the banana. Mangoes for instance taste fantastic. At times there is a handful of beaten rice flakes or aval added. You could also add a handful of puffed paddy (malar pori) for the kids as a snack.
Alternatively, you can try adding other ingredients to make it a panchamritham too.
You can add trimaduram to the naivedyam thali or to the south Indian thali as a small quantity dessert.
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