Nov 22, 2010

Quick and easy aval payasam

This is a different version of aval payasam I came up with recently as a result of a strange experiment. it is a little different from the regular aval payasam I make. It has a secret ingredient and it makes the payasam absolutely delicious. My husband could not identify the taste of the secret ingredient at all! We licked our bowls clean! Will definitely be making this again..

 Guess what the secret ingredient is! It is a tablespoon on Badam drink mix! All the ingredients in the badam drink mix - saffron, almonds, cardamom all rendered a delightful flavor to the payasam. Do try it next time you make payasam. I believe it could be added to any type of payasam/kheer/pudding.

Aval/ Flattened beaten rice/ Poha - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - 2 cups ( I used low fat milk but whole milk tastes best)
Cardamom powder - 1 pinch
MTR Badam Drink mix - 1 tablespoon (Any brand can be used)
Ghee - 2 tablespoons
Cashews - few
Raisins - few

In a wide pan, heat the ghee and add the cashews and raisins. Once the cashews turn golden brown and the raisins plump up, remove them with a spoon and set aside. In the same ghee, add the aval/poha and toast for about two minutes, until the aval crisps up and turns slight golden brown.

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the milk and bring it to a boil. Add the toasted aval/poha and keep on medium heat and allow the aval to cook completely. It should blend well with the milk rather than stay as whole pieces. At this point, add the sugar. Stir well. Allow it to cook and completely dissolve. Once it starts to boil, simmer and add the badam drink mix and the cardamom powder.

Mix well and simmer until you get the desired consistency and switch off the stove. The payaam thickens once it cools, so simmer until you get a runny consistency, so that you get the thick rich payasam once cooled off. Garnish with cashews and raisins.
Serve warm or cold.
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  1. Thats a neat addition to payasam...all the yummy goodness of the badam drink mix in payasam...will try it next time :)

  2. Aval payasam looks yummy,love the addition of badam mix.

  3. yum, would luv to try it out too. nice recipe!

  4. Wow... Nice one Dhivya :)
    Sure I m going to try this soon !

  5. I have been wanting to make aval payasam for a looong time, I will def make your version Divya...Looks yummmy

  6. Hi Divya,

    Nice aval payasam...:)Love experimenting...:)


  7. that's a nice idea Divya. I will do that when I make payasam next time :) Aval payasam looks so delicious.

  8. Its real easy one and looks delicious..

  9. Delicious and beautiful looking payasam..

  10. Yummm...!!! My mom used to add badam kheer mix to seviyan payasam n it would taste absolutely fantastic..But never thought of adding it to aval payasam..Seeing ur descrption of it there is no doubt it would make d normally plain aval payasam taste fantastic too!!

  11. Payasam looks mouthwatering and delicious. Loved the texture of color.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. My mom would make a sweet version of poha with jaggery and milk, and I loved it, but I have never tried making a payasam with aval/poha before -- only with rice. What a delicious idea!

  13. love the addition of badam mix in payasam...yummy!!

  14. I think I have to make this as I have seen a lot of aval payasams :)

  15. Using badam mix makes it rich...I made it with badam complan once and turned good...

  16. Badam Mix is a great idea to add to aval payasam! Thanks for sharing this secret ingredient. Will try it out soon.

  17. amazing collection of recipes
    following you gladly


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