Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kadalamavu Payasam/Besan Kheer/Chikpea Flour Porridge

This dish can rightly be called "the poor man's porridge" as it is a very simple dish,but can fake anyone easily for the Badam Kheer which is a costly affair!!
And i can proudly say this is my mother-in-law's recreated (Badami) Besan Kheer!!
Here goes the recipe: 


Kadalaimaavu/Besan flour - 1/4 cup

Milk- 1 lt

Sugar -1/2 cup

Broken cashews- 1/4 cup

Ghee - 2 tbsps

Cardamom pwdr- a pinch

Saffron-a few strands (optional)


1.Heat the ghee in a pan and roast the cashews until golden brown but not black..

2.Add the besan flour next and roast it till it gives an aromatic fragrance..Keep stirring to avoid forming lumps..

3.Now slowly add the milk little by little while continuing to stir..Do not add the full quantity
of milk mentioned..

4.Keep stirring as the mixture begins to boil.

5.After about five mins,add the sugar and the remaining milk.let it boil for about 10-15 mins..Kadalamaavu or besan has a natural property to thicken any dish,so if u feel the
kheer is getting too thick,simply add some more milk..I personally like it a little thick..

6.Finish it off by adding a pinch of cardamom powder and a few strands of saffron which
is purely optional!!

A very handy and instant sweet to do on auspicious or festival days..

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