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May 21, 2009

Rava Payasam



I'm not the biggest payasam fan to walk the face of the earth. I like some varieties, I avoid the rest like the plague. Well almost. I guess after two years of telling all of you what a good child I've always been, it is difficult to make you believe that I can avoid any kind of food.


After semia payasam and badam kheer, this is my favourite milk payasam. I do like a few of the coconut milk varieties.


1/4 cup Cream of Wheat (Rava/Sooji/Semolina)

1/2 can (200g) Sweetened Condensed Milk (Milkmaid/Mithai Mate)

1/2 litre Milk

½ tbsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)

½ tsp Cardamom Powder

a pinch Saffron, dissolved in some milk




For the garnish

1 tbsp Ghee

2 tsp Raisins

2 tsp Cashews


Heat the ghee in a vessel and roast the semolina for 4-5 minutes. Add enough water to cover the semolina and cover the vessel. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the milk and the condensed milk to this. Keep stirring until the mixture is even (else you'll have burnt condensed milk) and bring to a boil. Add the cardamom powder and saffron mixture. Simmer the mixture for about 10-15 minutes.




For the garnish, heat the ghee in a frying ladle. Add the cashews. When the cashews turn golden, add the raisins. When the raisins become plump, pour the contents of the ladle into the simmering mixture.




This can be had hot or cold. When kept in the fridge, this payasam takes on a creamy, pudding like texture. This is really like best had when cold. If you're fond of puddings, that is.

12 comments:

Prathibha said...

Nice payasam raaga..even i m kind of gal who does not say NO to anything..

DEESHA said...

Iam not a big payasam fan either barring a few exceptions like pal payasam .. never tasted rava payasam before

Cham said...

That would be a quick dessert!

Sharmi said...

We call this kanji;) your version looks rich!! How have you been doing? Its so long since we had a chat:)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Yeah we call it kanji... nice color and I like saffrons floating all over!!!

Divya Vikram said...

I make this often too! Simple n yummy one..

Alka said...

We make this KHEER but sans condensed milk.Saffron sounds too tempting, will try it next time when i make this :-)

Priya said...

Its such a quick dessert i do often whenever i have sudden guests at home! looks delicious...

Sia said...

i too am not a gr8 fan of payasams but once in a while i like to indulge with cold, chilled payasams (yeah, not hot ones:)

bee said...

not a fan of sweet stuff. so like these chilled as they taste too sweet when warm/hot! cashews can make anything yum though...
-jai

SOWMYA said...

I love it..I love it...:) Almost all payasams using milk... Have u tried "Caramel Payasam"?, I call it modern payasam ;) its a big hit with any get-togethers..

Parita said...

yummy payasam..quick and easy to prepare..