Thursday, January 23, 2014

Varagarisi Payasam

#VaragarisiPayasam #KodoMilletPayasam : #VaraguArisi or #Varagarisi or simply #Varagu is known as #KodoMillet in English. #Millet are small seeded grasses that grow in dry zones. Millets are one of the oldest foods known to humans.

Millets are very nutritious, non-glutinous and non acid forming foods.
Moreover millets are rich sources of minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.
It can be cooked in the same way just like rice.
Here lets see hoe to prepare a very tasty dessert, Payasam.

Varagarisi Payasam { Kodo Millet Payasam ]

Ingredients :
Varagarisi ( Kodo Millet )                  : 1 Tbsp
Milk                                                  : 1 1/2 Cup
Salt                                                   : a pinch
Sugar                                                : 3 Tbsp ( Adjust )
Cardamom powder                           : 1/4 Tsp
Saffron                                              : 4 to 6 strings
Almond shavings                               : 2 or 3 Tsp
Cashew nuts                                      : 4

Method :
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.

Take milk in a vessel and bring it to boil.
Now add cooked varagarisi and mix well.

Adjust the burner to SIM position and cook for 7 minutes.
Keep stirring at regular intervals.
Now add sugar.
Mix well to dissolve sugar.
Let it boil for 10 minutes keeping the burner at SIM.
Add saffron and cardamom powder.

Varagarisi Payasam { Kodo Millet Payasam ]

Transfer into a serving bowl and top it with almond shavings.

Varagarisi Payasam { Kodo Millet Payasam ]

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