Payasam (milk pudding) is easy to make,requires a few staple ingredients and has an absolutely creamy texture all of which make it a favored dessert at home....and when it comes to vermicelli payasam....cooking a dessert becomes a matter of minutes.J
Serves : 4-5
Ingredients Required : Use same sized cups for measuring given ingredients
⁕1/2 cup wheat Vermicelli broken into bite sized bits
⁕1 cup finely grated Palm Jaggery (amount varies as per taste)
⁕1+1/2 cups full fat,pasteurized milk
⁕1/2 cup thick,unsweetened coconut milk
⁕4 plump green cardamoms (choti elaichi) pods extracted and crushed
⁕1 heaped tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) at room temperature
⁕a small pinch salt to taste (optional-but it enhances the taste of this dish)
⁕Desired dry fruits and chopped nuts for garnish (we used pitted,sliced dates,almonds and coconut flakes)
Pour milk,coconut milk into a large enough pan...give a good stir to mix and heat it.When the mixture starts to boil...simmer heat,add grated jaggery and stir until completely dissolved.Turn off heat.
Next heat ghee in a skillet/pan.When it melts....add vermicelli bits and stir to coat noodles with ghee.
Turn heat to medium-low and cook stirring occasionally till vermicelli turns a few shades darker.Please take care to toss/stir it for even cooking and do not overcook/burn it.
Now quickly pour in the jaggery-milk mixture and stir well to mix.Turn heat to high and let contents come to a boil.Next lower heat,add cardamom powder and a pinch salt (if using) and stir to mix.
Stir and cook for about 5 minutes longer or till vermicelli is cooked soft and liquid thickens slightly.Turn off heat.
Let this dish stand for another 10 minutes...by then it absorbs some more liquid and you get a thicker payasam as shown below.
Serve warm or chilled with chopped dry fruits/nuts of your choice.
A From The Blogger’s Keyboard
ü Wheat vermicelli pasta broken into bite sized bits makes it easier to be enjoyed in this pudding.
ü Tossing vermicelli bits while frying it in ghee is very important for evenly cooking it.
ü Take care not to overcook/burn them….frying them in a lower heat eases the process.
ü Stir to mix coconut milk and pasteurized milk well and let it heat before adding jaggery.
ü Grated palm jaggery dissolves easily.It can be substituted by palm sugar/ordinary jaggery or sugar…the amount of it used varies as per taste.
ü Stir jaggery-milk mixture till jaggery dissolves completely.
ü Adding a small pinch of salt enhances the taste of payasam/kheer and other milk puddings.
ü Pour jaggery-milk mixture carefully into fried vermicelli and cook well till vermicelli becomes thoroughly soft (not over cooked/clumpy) and liquid thickens.
ü Letting this dessert stand for a few minutes allows the vermicelli to absorb more liquid and give a rich tasting payasam.
ü This dessert is best served chilled or at room temperature.
Happy Cooking & Have A Sweet Day!!! J
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