Thick Red Aval / Poha / Rice flakes - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
(dissolve in 1 cup of water and filter to remove impurities)
Milk - 3 cups
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts broken - 8
Raisins - 1 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 tsp heaped
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Saffron - a generous pinch
Heat 2 tsp ghee in a pan add the aval and roast till colour changes.
Pour the milk and in low flame cook till aval is cooked.
Now add the diluted jaggery and mix well once everything is combined switch off the stove.
After jaggery is added do not boil as they may curdle.
Heat remaining ghee in a pan and fry cashew nuts and raisins till light brown,switch off the stove and add the coconut and mix.Pour it into the payasam.
Add cardamom powder,saffron and mix,serve hot or warm.
a) You can also use thick white aval instead of red aval.
b) Adding coconut is optional
c) Once jaggery is added do not boil the payasam may curdle.
d) Instead of jaggery you can add sugar.
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