Thursday, April 15, 2010

Peeled Green wheat+Chana Dal+ Brown Rice Payasam with jaggery for Vishu

This year for Vishu celebration I missed setting Vishu Kanni . I am marking this auspicious day with Payasam recipe based on Chakkari Pongal.I found a packet of Peeled Green wheat in one of our local convenience store...It is wheat without skin...I added Chana Dal , Brown rice and made this fusion Payasam/ Kheer. Freshly made Ghee from unsalted butter gave nice aroma and taste.

Ingredients :-
  • 1/2 cup peeled green wheat ( regular wheat can be used too) - soaked in water
  • 1/2 cup Chana dal - soaked in water
  • 1/2 Cup brown rice - soaked in water
  • 1 Cup grated jaggery
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 10-12 Cardamom - finely powdered ( keep 2 whole cardamom aside)
  • 3 Tb.spoon raisins - fried in ghee till well puffed and turned golden brown.
  • 20-25 Cashews - fried in ghee till golden brown.
  • 7-9 Cups water.
  • 5 Tb.spoon Ghee ( clarified butter)
Soaked wheat , Chana Dal , Brown rice

Cashews & Raisins fried in Ghee

Preparations before Cooking Kheer :-
  1. Mix wheat,chana dal and brown rice in big bowl and thoroughly rinse under water till water stands clear. Soak for 6-8 hours.
  2. Take small pan and heat 1 tbspoon ghee - Add golden raisins and fry them till they nicely puff and get golden brown shade.
  3. Discard remaining ghee from pan by wiping with paper towel. Add fresh 1 tbspoon ghee, moderately heat and fry cashew nuts till they turn golden brown.
  4. Also you will need to wash pressure cooker thoroughly with metal scrubber to eliminate smell of earlier cooking.
Method of cooking Payasam/Kheer :-
  1. Take minimum 4 Quart size pressure cooker. Heat 1 tbspoon ghee. Add two whole cardamom and let them sizzle for 10-15 seconds. Add 1 tbspoon grated coconut and fry for 30 seconds.Put soaked wheat ,chana dal and rice - Stir for 2 minutes on high heat. Add 6 Cups water and wait till it starts boiling.
  2. Add grated jaggery and brown sugar. Stir well till jaggery+sugar melts. Add half quantity of powdered cardamom.
  3. Cover the lid and allow two whistles. Quickly reduce heat to low and let it stand for 5-8 minutes..It is fine if cooker blows one more whistle.Shut off the gas and wait till pressure cooker releases all built up pressure.
  4. You will find that almost all water has been absorbed and wheat , chana dal is tender and plump. Add remaining cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins, grated coconut. Mix well.
  5. Add 2 more cups of water , Mix well and let it simmer on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. As per your consistency requirement add one more cup water.
  6. Lastly add 2 tbspoon ghee. Mix well . Take hand blender and quickly give 10-15 seconds of swirl in one side of cooker. This will balance consistency of Kheer. Let it simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature drizzled with melted ghee.
Pressure cooked Wheat,Dal and rice

Fresh Clarified butter / Ghee made with Unsalted butter


Amrit said...

Nice picture and systematic method of explanation.

Usha said...

Thanks A , This recipe I count as simple Kheer recipe because it can be cooked entirely in pressure cooker..and you can change the combination..use either rice or chana dal. :)

Haddock said...

That looks inviting.

Usha said...

Haddock, Welcome to my blog..Thanks for appreciating payasam pictures...nice feels like entire Haddock family is here to visit. :)

Jack said...

Looks yummy.

Usha said...

Thanks Jack :)

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