Kheer is usually a part of a traditional meal, and I do dish out Vermicilli Payasam, Pal Payasam, Kadalai Paruppu Pasyasam, Moong Dal Kheer etc but this one eluded me till now.. Sabudana Payasam or Kheer with Sago Pearls is a rare dish in my kitchen, considering that none of us actually like the texture of the Sago Pearls. Contrary to popularity in the city where I live wherepeople have sabudana Khichdi or Sabudana vada almost once a week, somehow the starchy texture and the sticky pearls have been forbidden at home :-))
I did discover however when I made a batch of this Payasam as an offering to God that there was a way around that stickiness - that was to fry them in ghee and then boil it in water and milk to give it a good texture. Although grudgingly, S and kiddo had it, am not sure they liked it.
I liked the mild sweetness, and although may not make it regualarly, it does give me a quick to make payasam for any festival. Sending this to Alphabet S unde ABC marathon - cant believe we are entering the final week now, with the last 8 posts (7 after today's).
Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Sago Pearls in Creamy sweet Pudding
- Sago Pearls - 1/2 cup
- Ghee / Clarified butter - 2 TBSP
- powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup, heaped
- Milk - 1 cup
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Raisins , Saffron strands and cashews - for garnish
- Green Cardamom powder - a pinch
1) Frying the pearls is optional, however I recommend it to avoid sticky payasam
2) I generally use powdered sugar in most kheers / payasams as the water content is quickly taken care of, and I dont end up adding more sugar than necessary. But I skip doing this if I am using sugar syrup or condensed milk or jaggery syrup for payasam
Gently heat the ghee. Fry the raisins till plump and the cashews turn golden brown, transfer to a plate. In the remaining ghee, add the sago pearls and fry them for 1-2 mins. Crush the saffron strands a bit, and soak them in a 1 tsp of warm milk
In a saucepan of boiling water, add the fried sago pearls and boil them till they turn transparent, about 3-4 mins.
Let this stand for a few mins till the pearls gently simmer down off the fire. Drain off any excess water on top, if any.
Now add boiled milk and gently simmer on a low flame, add Powdered sugar, and keep stirring on very low flame (increasing the heat might curdle the milk) till forms a nice thickish consistency. Tip in the saffron strands & elaichi powder now. Switch off the flame
Garnish with any leftover ghee and the fried raisins and cashews
Serve hot or chilled.