Sugar - 1/2 cup
Milk - 2 cups
Basmati rice - a handful
( wash the rice and soak it in water for 5 minutes, drain the water and pulse to a coarse mixture)
Salt a pinch
Chopped cashew nuts fried in ghee - 1 tbsp
Raisins fried in ghee - 1 tsp
Powdered cardamom - 1
Heat a pressure cooker add the sugar in low flame keep stirring till the sugar melts and reaches to a light golden brown syrup. Do not cook too much then syrup can burn and the payasam will turn bitter.
Pour the milk gently make sure they don't sputter on you, mix well.
Now add the ground rice and give a mix , close the cooker with the lid and cook till one whistle. Switch off the stove.
Once cooled open the pressure cooker add the fried nuts , a pinch of salt and powdered cardamom powder and enjoy!
a) Instead of rice you can use millets or wheat rava.
b) Saffron can be added for extra flavor.
c) Be careful when making the syrup , if cooked too long the colour will become dark and the dish will taste bitter. The whole process should be in low flame.
d) The whole payasam process can be made in a heavy bottomed pan cooking in low flame for 30 to 45 minutes.
e) This payasam can be served hot or cold.
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