• Sankranthi Special Payasam

    January 16th, 2011MammuDesserts, Indian Sweets

    Freshly harvested rice which is also the first rice of the year is used to cook Payasam, which gives extra softness to the rice when cooked. You can also use regular rice by soaking it in water for few hours. Spilling over some milk while the milk boils, make a good start for the year indicating wealth and joy will be spilled over through out the year.

    Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
    Servings: 4

    1. Rice – 1 cup
    2. Jaggery/Bellam – 1 1/2 cup
    3. Chana dal – 2 Tablespoons
    4. Milk – 2 Cups
    5. Cardamoms – 4, Separate the seeds and finely crush.
    6. Cashews and Raisins – 2 Tablespoons each, fried in ghee.

    Cooking Procedure:

    1. Wash and soak rice in water for 1-2 hours.

    2. Add 2 cups of water to 2 cups of milk and bring it to boil under medium heat. Drain any excess water from rice and add it boiling milk. Add the soaked chana dal. Close the lid and keep checking until the rice is fully cooked.

    3. Reduce heat to low flame and add the crushed jaggery to the cooked rice. Close the lid and let the jaggery melt in the rice and cook for 10 more minutes. Keep mixing in between so that rice won’t stick in the bottom. Add the cardamom powder, cashews, raisins and turn off heat.

    Serve hot with ghee and plain dal.


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