June 21, 2011

Moong Dal Kheer ~ Paitham Paruppu Payasam


One of the distinguishing features of my grandmom’s cooking was her Kheers / Payasams, athough in chaste Iyengar Tamil, it is called Thirukkannamudu (Thiru = heavenly/ good. amudhu = nectar in Tamil) and then transformed over ages as Kanamindhu. Grandma could whip up devilishly delicious Payasams in a jiffy – be it for festivals or for guests or even religious ceremonies. But the best part was that she used jaggery for most of these dishes, along with a pinch (or teeny weeny ) pinch of salt ! yes, you read it right – salt in very very minute proportion in any sweet, esp jaggery based ones, increases the sweet manifold.

So, today in loving gratitude to Paati (or grandmom as we call her) , I prepared Paitham Paruppu Payasam (Moong Dal Kheer) with jaggery – just the way she taught my mom J Cheers, grandmom ! Sending this to BM – Day 6

Preparation time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 20 mins. Serves : 4
Ingredients:
·         Split Yellow Gram / Moong Dal – ¾ cup
·         Jaggery (grated) – ¾ cup
·         Milk – 3 cups
·         Elaichi / cardamom  - 2 pods
·         Saffron – few strands
·         Salt – 1/8 pinch
·         Ghee – 2 tbsp (split use)
·         Cashew, Raisins and Almonds – for garnish
Method:
1)      In a pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee and fry the yellow Moong Dal till a nice aroma wafts out. Take care not to burn the gram. Cool.
2)     In another heavy bottomed vessel, boil ¼ cup water and add the jaggery. Boil on simmer till you get 1 string consistency. Cool
3)     Pressure cook the fried gram with 3 cups of milk, a few strands of saffron for 4 whistles. Cool and whisk thoroughly with a spoon till the dal incorporates into the milk and you get a nice aroma.
4)     Deseed and powder the cardamom finely.
5)     In a pan, add ghee and fry the cashews, raisins and almonds, Add the cooker dal-milk mixture and let it come to a gentle boil on simmer. Cool and add the syrup and stir well. Add cardamom powder now and stir again
6)     Serve chilled or as it is. Slurp !

15 comments:

  1. wow yummy drink..i love it

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  2. Drooling over your paruppu payasam.classic presentation!

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  3. this looks so tasty, fantastic recipe..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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  4. Grandma's recipes really are the best. I too have this practice(inherited) of adding a pinch of salt to sweets and a little bit of jaggery/sugar to some curries and gravies.

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  5. Love moongdal kheer anytime, its been a while i havent prepared them, delicious and inviting..

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  6. moong dal kheer... I have never tried that looks tempting

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  7. This is sure heavenly, right?

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  8. We too love this kheer. Infact I made this today!

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  9. Wow nice one. Even i do this often.

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  10. One would not even know it is moong dal kheer looking at the color.. Lovely and divine kheer

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  11. Ohhh feel like having that glass so tempting....

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  12. Awesome looking payasam. Sounds delicious.

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  13. My favorite kind of payasam. looks yummy!

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  14. Nice pictures, we make it often for festival days..

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Kalyani

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