Happy Vishu to all my readers.....
Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous Year ahead.
No Indian festival is complete without a dessert to go along with the long list of other delicacies......And Vishu is no exception, as there is the elaborate Sadya for lunch time....
Since today is a working day here, I've postponed the Sadya part for tomorrow, but not the dessert....So here is a simple and easy payasam recipe that I prepared today for the occasion.....
Here comes the recipe......
- Brown Beaten Rice - 1 1/2 cups [White beaten rice also can be used. Choose the thicker variety ]
- Ghee - 3 Tbsps
- Milk - 2 1/2 cups
- Jaggery - 3/4 cup [ You can substitute with sugar as well ]
- Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
- Coconut pieces - 2 Tbps [ Cashews , Raisins etc can also be used for garnishing]
- Roast the coconut pieces in 1/2 Tbsp of ghee and keep aside.
- Heat a thick bottom pan and add the remaining ghee to it.
- One it is hot, add the beaten rice and stir for sometime till it gets roasted lightly in the ghee. [ Since I have used brown beaten rice, there wasn't much color change. If you are using white one, you can stop stirring once the color slightly changes to brownish.]
- Now add 1 1/2 cups of the milk and keep stirring until the beaten rice gets cooked in it. It may take about 8 - 10 mins. The beaten rice becomes very soft once it is cooked.
- Add Jaggery and cardamom powder and keep stirring.
- Finally add the remaining milk and bring it to boil. The consistency can be adjusted as you prefer by adding more / less milk. Keep in mind that the milk gets soaked up and the payasam will get thicker if you keep it for long.
- Payasam can be now transfered to a serving bowl and garnished with the roasted coconut pieces.