Healthy Dessert: Payasam Recipe
Foxtail millet is one of the earliest cultivated minor millets grown in India, China, Korea, Japan and other East Asian Countries. (It is Thinai in Tamil, Korralu in Telugu, Navane in Kannada, kang in Gujarati, Rala in Marathi). It is very nutritious, consumed as a whole grain, easily digested, naturally gluten free and is essentially organic. It is easier to incorporate this millet in our diet. Payasam has its share of health benefits too – it lowers cholesterol, is an amazing source of energy and may prevent colon cancer.
• Foxtail millet rava-2 cups
• Yellow moong dal- 2 tsp
• Milk-4 cups
• Jaggery grated-1 cup
• Fresh coconut grated & ground-1/4 cup
• Ghee- ½ tbsp.
• Cashewnuts-8 -10
• Cardamom -3 pounded
1. Coarsely grind 2 cups of foxtail millet in a mixer/grinder.
2. Sieve it to separate the flour and the rava.
3. Heat ½ tbsp of ghee in a pan and fry the cashews until golden brown and keep it aside.
4. With the remaining ghee in the pan, roast the millet rava and moong dal until the colour turns a slight golden brown.
5. Add 3 cups of water to it and cook by continuous stirring. This organic rava takes a little longer time compared to Sooji.
6. Add the pounded/grated jaggery, coconut, cardamom and mix well.
7. Slowly add the milk.
8. As it starts boiling, add the fried cashews and cook for 10 more minutes.
It can be served warm or chilled. The remaining flour can be used in dosa batter and roti dough.
*Recipe and Image Courtesy: Nirupama Raghavan, Food Technologist, Sresta Natural Bio-producs Pvt. Ltd
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