Hello Friends, It has been long since I have blogged. After moving to India from US, it had been a busy phase of life where there were so many other things that took priority and couldn't find time for blogging. Though I tried to post few recipes from there but couldn't stay active in the blogging front. Neither I took my camera out nor my laptop. Now we have moved to UK for Hubby's Project. After coming here, spent first few days for house-hunt and other stuff. Now that we are finally settled, I wanted to get back to blogging. I cooked and took pictures of few recipes but didn't post them still. Just was waiting to make something sweet, as this will be my first post after the break. I made Paal Payasam for Gokulashtami and thought why not post this and here I am with the recipe.
Paal Payasam is a traditional South Indian dessert. It is easy to prepare and very delicious too. I prepared this in the pan (without pressure cooker) while it can be made in pressure cooker too. The creamy milk and rice gives a comforting feel to this payasam.
What are the ingredients needed?
Raw Rice, 2 Tablespoons
Milk, 4 cups
Sugar, 1/2 cup
Cardamom, 4 nos
Ghee, 1 Tablespoon
Cashew nuts, few
Saffron, 4-5 strands
How to make Paal Payasam?
- Dry roast raw rice and coarsely powder it. It has to be in rava/sooji texture. Don't make it into fine powder.
- Then take cardamom seeds out and powder it with 2 tablespoons of sugar and keep it ready.
- Fry cashew nuts and raisins in ghee and keep it ready.
- Now take a heavy bottomed wide pan, add the coarse rice along with milk and mix well and turn on the heat. Cook in medium heat till the rice gets cooked.
- Constantly stir the milk mixture, so that it does not burn at the bottom.
- Turn the heat to low and add sugar, mix well and cook till the milk is condensed and reduced almost to half. Continue to keep stirring.
- Now add the powdered cardamom, mix well, then add fried cashews, raisins and finally saffron, mix well and turn off the heat.
- You can serve this yummy payasam, both warm and chilled.
Serves 4-5 persons.
|Payasam with Rice|
- Adding cashews, raisins, cardamom, saffron are optional. Usually they are not added.
- You have to wait patiently for the milk to reduce, which will bring rich taste to the payasam.
- Instead of raw rice, you can try it with basmati rice too.
- Keep stirring the payasam regularly.
- The payasam tends to thicken. If needed, you can dilute it by adding little milk before serving.