Mango Payasam and Picking Up the Pieces

A few days back,we woke up in the middle of the night to a loud crashing sound.For a few moments I just sat on the bed wondering what might have happened.We didn’t know where exactly the sound came from.It was from inside the house,that was for sure.While I was shivering with the thought of an intruder,my own Mr.Sherlock went around to look for the source.And a few minutes later, I heard him calling out to me.With my heart still trembling,I wobbled up to where he was,all the while thinking I would make a poor Dr.Watson.

He was standing at the door of one of the bathrooms of our house. The glass of our new shower cubicle had shattered.There were pieces of glass all over the place,on the floor,shelves,in the soap,yes in the soap,on the towels everywhere.I was relieved and sad at the same time.Relieved because, first of all there was no intruder as my mind had wildly imagined and secondly there wasn’t anyone present at that time.And sad because it  was fixed just a week back.I wonder why it broke.

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Well! We picked up the broken pieces with a heavy heart and shoved them in a big bag and kept it in a corner because it was too late in the night to dispose it.The next morning when we were about to throw the bag in the trash an idea struck me. Scroll down to the end of the post to see how I made peace with the pieces 😉

Meanwhile,I made this traditional South Indian dessert with mango puree, milk and vermicelli.Vermicelli, also known as Sevian in India is a type of pasta similar to spaghetti. It is used in various desserts and savory dishes. If you are not in India,you can still get it easily at the Indian section of supermarkets or at amazon.

Roasted Vermicelli

India is a big country with 29 states and each state has it’s own language,culture,traditions and rich regional cuisine. Vermicelli payasam is an authentic delicacy from South India.It is easy to prepare and delicious.


Mango Payasam/Kheer

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 15-20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious South Indian dessert with milk,nuts and vermicelli.


  • 100 gm roasted vermicelli
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 1 tbsp. cashews slivered
  • 1 tbsp. Raisins
  • 500 ml milk boiled
  • 150-200 gm sugar(depends on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
  • 1 cup mango puree


  1. Heat ghee in a pan and lightly saute the cashews and raisins on low heat. Take them out when they are golden in color.
  2. Add the vermicelli and fry lightly.
  3. Add the boiled milk,sugar and cardamom powder and cook till a thick consistency is achieved and the vermicelli is cooked.
  4. After turning off heat add the nuts and raisins and mix well.This is what is called Payasam or kheer.
  5. Pour the payasam into shot glasses. It can be eaten warm or chilled at this stage.
  6. But since we are making a Mango Payasam,chill the glasses with the payasam in the fridge.
  7. After an hour or half,take the glasses out and carefully spoon the mango puree on top of the payasam.
  8. Serve chilled and enjoy.

If you want a better way of presenting this dessert you must visit The author is an expert at food presentation.You can see how the simplest of dishes come alive at this amazing food blog.


Ta da! This is how I made peace with the broken pieces of glass. I made a coffee table. I had an old polished teak wood stool with a cushion seat which was not in use.I removed the cushion and painted the stool white. I filled the cushion place with the broken glass. I placed a round piece of glass two inches bigger in radius on the stool. And viola! I have a pretty little coffee table now.What I am planning to do next is line the inside of the table with LED strip lights to see my broken pieces of glass shine like diamonds.What do you think of the idea 🙂

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54 thoughts on “Mango Payasam and Picking Up the Pieces

    1. We mango lovers try to push in a mango by hook or crook into every dish during the season😃I am happy you like the dessert and the table. Thanks a lot👍🏻😊


  1. First of all I love the dessert and your presentation – I too like Sumith’s site! Second, why did the glass break? That is scary! Third, you created quite a beautiful piece of furniture. I would have been so mad I would have just thrown it all out 🙂


    1. Thank you so much dear Judi for your kind words. When the glass broke I got spooky ideas and got scared at first. Then when I researched I came to know that a tempered glass break due to various technical causes. It was a relief to read that. But thankfully it didn’t go to waste. There is still half of it left. I am wondering what to do with it😃


    1. Thank you dear Marsay! It was a kind of consolation😊
      And how was your Ramadan so far. And I prayed for your mom’s magfirat. Can’t believe it is two years now.

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  2. Ana,
    The mango payasam and the presentation both look stunning! And your creativity with the glass pieces is simply amazing! Love the idea of the led lights in the table too.

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  3. Ce que j’aime avec ton blog, c’est une alternance de sujets légers et de sujets sérieux (non pas que les problèmes d’ouverture d’une boule à thé soient futiles !).Merci de nous offrir ces petites publications, qui me font sourire ou réfléchir.Ce blog est comme un tableau, chaque jour tu lui ajoute une touche de couleur dif©ofrente.CÃntinue !


  4. I love how you did the payasam with a glaze on top… really nice… if I make it, I just mix up the mango puree into the payasam… hehe… and I totally love how you made good use of the broken glass. The table looks very pretty, though I hope that it is fixed properly and the top doesn’t move…

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    1. Thanks Rafeeda for stopping by and for your kind words. The payasam would still taste the same even if we mix it up. The topping is just for presentation. On the other hand I thought maybe if we just layer the mango puree on top we can get to taste the dessert in three different ways. Plain payasam by separating the layer with a spoon, a mix of both the tastes or just mango purée.
      And thanks for the table feedback too. Even I have been thinking about fixing the top in some way. The glass is heavy so I just placed it on top. Need to fix it up soon. Can’t bear to hear another glass shattering nauzubillah.
      Have a wonderful Eid
      Eid Mubarak


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