It was chitra visu yesterday and I hope you all had a great time . I had a busy but wonderful day though I did not cook an elaborate lunch like that of the previous year. We followed the usual ritual of seeing the vishukani the first thing in the morning and later had a simple lunch consisting of variety rice and a payasam.
The almond /badam feast of MTR imparts a nice rich flavour to the payasam and I use this in almost all of my payasam recipes.
It was delicious, thats all I can say about the payasam.
Almonds- 15 -20 or 1/2 cup
Cashews- 15-20 or 1/2 cup
Raisins- 1/2 cup
Dates- 4-5 deseeded and chopped into tiny bits
Sugar- 1 cup( can reduce if you add dates and other dryfruits)
Mtr badam mix- 1tbsp (optional)
Notes- you can use other nuts like pistachios etc.
Soak almonds in hot water for around 30 minutes. Drain the water.
Remove the skin from the almonds. Grind the cashews and almonds to a coarse paste.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add the nuts and dry fruits. Fry for 3-4 minutes.
Boil the milk. Add sugar and keep stirring.Add the nuts paste and other dryfruits and cardamom powder and mtr badam mix if using. Keep stirring till the milk thickens well.
Serve warm or chilled.
See other payasam /kheer recipes here.
Different payasams/kheer varieties
Sweet potato payasam
Nuts/dry fruits kheer
Arisi pal payasam
Brown rice payasam
Aval/poha payasam (with sugar)
Pal payasam in pressure cooker