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When I started replacing white rice with brown rice , my hubby asked me to try payasam with it. He said some temples in Kerala offer brown rice payasam as prasadam(offering or neivedyam) and it tastes quite delicious. It was in my mind for sometime and I tried this recently during a religious get together. Everyone loved it a lot. It actually tasted even better than the usual paal payasam because of the nutty taste of the brown rice.You can reduce the quantity of sugar and add condensed milk for a richer taste.
Soak the brown rice in water for around 2 hours. Cook it in a pressure cooker till it becomes soft (but still has a nutty flavour). Now heat the ghee in a pan. Add the nuts and saute till they turn a light brown. Remove them from pan and keep them aside. Now add the cooked brown rice in the same pan. Add the sugar and mix well with the rice. Now add the boiled milk. Mix well and keep stirring till the quantity of milk reduces to 3/4th and the pudding thickens. Add the nuts and mix well. Serve warm or chilled. I personally prefer when it is slightly chilled.
The payasam thickens more with time. So add more milk to it if you feel before serving.