Yesterday it was Sri Krishna Janmashtami. So one big sweet palm fruit was brought to our home. One week proir to this day you can notice there are so many people selling those sweet palm fruit in any local market in West Bengal and its neighbourhood. There are a lot of traditional sweet dishes are prepared on the occasion of this Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Taler kheer or taler payesh is one of those awesome traditional sweet dishes. In case if you are clueless about this sweet dish then for your information it is nothing but sweet palm pudding. It means it is produced with the pulp of sweet palm fruit.
Devotees of Lord Krishna wait for this day throughout the year. Many devotees also offer chappan bhog to the Lord Krishna. Sweet palm sweet is the most popular fruit on this occasion. People make sweet pakoda (bora in Bengali) from sweet palm pulp. Many people also make this taler kheer or taler payesh from the sweet palm fruit. It is very delicious. I love this item a lot. So I make multiple times this item almost every time but only after making enough taler bora from the fruit palm.
Kids also love this payesh or pudding. In fact, during the whole week kids are super excited because Jhulan yatra happened a week prior to the Janmashtami. Kids décor miniature landscape. They visit their friend’s house to see their decoration. They appreciate each other and feel joyful moments. Did you ever prepare such a miniature landscape on this occasion?
Okay, now coming to the topic. how many of you actually know this sweet dish – Sweet palm pudding? Anybody? I think many of you actually tasted this food in your childhood and that’s why you have landed on this page. Right?
I love this sweet dish to have with luchi / poori or puffed rice (muri). That is why I make it without any occasion. You can have a proper meal with taler payesh served with luchi / poori and a perfect breakfast with taler kheer & muri.
It is really enjoyable. It is enjoyable when it is served at room temperature as well as warm or hot. But the only reason for what most people always try to avoid to make it at home is the process of extracting its pulp from the fruit. It is a very hardworking task.
How to extract pulp from sweet palm fruit?
Remove the skin of the fruit and then take all of its seeds out with pulp & fibers. Now use a manual steel made grater and scrub it over the grater to extracts its pulp. It needs time and too much hard work. It becomes easy when multiple family members come together and do the job.
Taler payesh recipe
- 2 cups sweet palm fruit pulp
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup grated coconut
- 1 cup sugar
- Heat milk over medium flame for 7-8 minutes
- Then add sweet palm pulp and grated coconut and stir for next 3-4 minutes
- Now when it becomes slightly thicker then add sugar and stir to mix all and cook over low flame for next 3-4 minutes
- Switch off the fire and serve warm, normal or cold