Pal Payasam

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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Serves: 8
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Boil Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 1/4 cup - short/medium grained rice
  • 4 cups - whole milk (go for low fat only if absolutely necessary)
  • 3 tbsp - sugar, to taste
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 tsp - cardamom powder
  • 1-2 tbsp - nuts
  • 4-5 raisins
  • 1 tsp - ghee

How to Make Pal Payasam

  • In a saucepan, heat the ghee. Add the chopped nuts along with raisins. Set aside when raisins get plump and nuts turn reddish brown.
  • In the same pan, roast the rice for 2-3 minutes in low heat.
  • Now add the milk. Increase the heat to med-high and let it come to a boil
  • Give it an occasional stir so that the milk does not stick to the bottom.
  • Add sugar and give it a stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the milk has reduced in half.
  • Keep stirring often.
  • Wait till the milk has reduced and also the rice has cooked and is soft (not mushy).
  • This process takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Add rest of the ingredients - saffron, cardamom and half of the roasted nuts.
  • Give it a stir until combined and serve garnished with the remaining nuts.
  • You can serve it hot or cold.
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