Most delicious Indian dessert in 2021 which you have to try! How to cook Payasam at home
Payasam is a very popular Indian dessert made by boiling milk, sugar and rice. Although the rice may be substituted with vermicelli, tapioca or millet. And the sugar can be replaced by jaggery. It is a kind of a pudding which is typically flavored desiccated coconut, cardamom, raisins, cashews, almonds, or any other dry fruits. Payasam is also known as Kheer or Payasa.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for making a delicious payasam:
- Heat a heavy bottom pan with 1 tablespoon ghee.
- Add a few cashew nuts and fry it until lightly golden.
- Add a few sweet raisins and saute till they turn plum.
- Remove the cashews and the raisins and keep them aside.
- Add another tablespoon ghee and add 1/3 cup semiya (vermicelli) to the same pan. Roast them till slightly golden on low heat. Do not brown them.
- Pour 4 cups milk to the same pan.
- Bring the milk to a boil on low to medium heat. Stir and make sure there are no lumps.
- Keep stirring while cooking to prevent it from getting burnt.
- Cook till the vermicelli if completely soft.
- Add ½ cup sugar and cook on low heat until it reaches a thick consistency.
- Add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder for an extra flavor. Stir well.
- Remove from heat when it has turned into the desired consistency. Do not make it too thick become it thickens when cooled down completely.
- Garnish with nuts, raisins or any dry fruit of your choice. Serve it cold as a dessert.
Where to eat very good Payasam in Taipei?
Ama’s South Indian Kitchen in Taipei offer this dessert. The chef there is very friendly and comes to the guest and offer them his suggestion. Besides Payasam (Keer) they have a big variety of tasty dishes like Chicken Biryani and Tikka Masala. If you love south Indian food and are in Taipei this is the place where you should go and eat. Don’t forget to order the phayasam before you leave. Ama’s South Indian kitchen is located in Da’an Disctrict very close to Technology Building on the brown line.
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