We were living in Tirunelveli
then and my gramma & great gramma [dad’s mom and gramma] were also with
us.. It was Dec 1989 when Mom came to Chennai for her last trimester and I was
in Tirunvelveli with Dad and grammas.. It was probably the 2nd time
I was away from Mom, but this time I dint really miss her much. 

It was during this time that I
was introduced to jevvarisi Kanji. My gramma used to make this for my great
gramma and I would taste a bit everyday, till one day I told her I shall have
the same for breakfast. From thereon, I was hooked. I loved the semi transparent
wobbly little round thing and the sweetness of the porridge. Gramma would add
very little milk to this. 

Later on, discovered you can make payasam with
Jevvarisi [only diff you add lots of milk]. Even now there are days when I suddenly
get a craving for this and go whip up a bowl of it and indulge. 

Few other
things that I love about jevvarisi is that it is very light on the tummy and
such a feel good factor. 

I enjoy making Kichidi, vadaam and Vadai as well, though the
vada does seem too oily for my liking.