Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Varagarisi Coconut Payasam

#VaragarisiCoconutPayasam  #KodoMilletCoconutPayasam : We have already seen how to prepare a #payasam with #kodomillet using milk and sugar.
Here let me present another payasam with kodo millet using coconut and jaggery.
Kodo millet is called #VaraguArisi or simply #Varagu in Tamil.

Varagarisi or varagu [ Kodo millet

To know more on Kodo Millet :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millet
http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/health-benefits-of-millet

Varagarisi Coconut Payasam [ KodoMillet Coconut Payasam ]

Ingredients :
1/8 cup                                      Varagarisi ( Kodo Millet )
1 pinch                                      Salt
1/4 cup ( adjust )                       Jaggery

To grind :
1/4 Cup                                   Coconut scrap
1/2 Tsp                                    Khus khus
2                                              Cardamom
1 small piece                            Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp                                    Rice or rice flour

To garnish :
3                                             Cashew nuts roasted
6                                             Kismis ( Prunes ) roasted

Method :
Grind the given ingredients into a fine paste and keep aside.


Take varagarisi in a small vessel. Wash 2 times and add 1/2 cup of water.
Take a cup of water in a pressure cooker. Keep the vessel containing washed varagarisi in the cooker.
Close and put weight on. Cook on high flame for 3 whistles.
Then keep the burner at SIM and cook for 3 minutes.
Keep aside.


Meantime dissolve jaggery in hot water and filter to remove impurities.
Keep aside.

Take cooked varagarisi in a big vessel and mash with a ladle.
Now add jaggery mixed water and bring to boil.
Keep stirring for 2 minutes.
Now add the prepared coconut paste.


Allow to simmer for 7 to 10 minutes until all blend together and come to required consistency.
Switch off and transfer into small bowls.
Garnish with cashew nuts and kismis.
Enjoy hot payasam with vadai or bajji!!..

Varagarisi Coconut Payasam [ KodoMillet Coconut Payasam ]


  • taste depends on the type of jaggery used.
  • the payasam tastes even better if the coconut paste is made only with nutmeg, coconut and khus khus.
  • to make it rich simply add a tsp of thick coconut milk at the end and simmer for a minute.
  • fry thin coconut slices in ghee and garnish which  enhances the taste of payasam.