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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chayote Payasam / Seema Vankaya Payasam


Source: My own, inspired by sorakaya payasam.
Chayote payasam was an experiment on M's birthday which turned into a delectable experience. When I prepared sorakaya payasam for the first time, the idea of substituting chayote in the recipe struck. I knew it would work since chayote has a delicate sweet flavor and I was not wrong. At last, I could make this last month and it was a hit among our guests. As M's nephew mentioned, it was very unique and a special treat though the preparation was quite simple and quick.

Ingredients required:
1 Small chayote (or 1 cup of grated chayote)
Sugar as needed
2-3 cups of whole milk 10 oz evaporated milk (or add one more cup of milk)
a pinch of cardamom powder
2 Tbsp ghee
1 Tbsp of raisins and cashews

The cooking part:
Peel and quarter the chayote, remove the center core and grate it. Fry the grated chayote using a Tbsp of ghee for about five minutes on low - medium heat. Add the milk and cook the chayote till it is done. Keep stirring in between. Then goes in the evaporated milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Cook till all the sugar is melted and turn off the stove. In another small pan, heat a tbsp of ghee and add cashews and raisins to it. When cashews turn slightly brown and raisins become plump, remove the pan from heat and add the contents of the pan to the cooked chayote payasam. Tastes good warm or cold. 

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Cilantro said...

Delicious looking payasam. I find lot of different payasam recipes on your site.

Suparna said...

This looks damn good, recipe sounds interesting :) had no idea that we could make a payasam from chayote :) thanks for the recipe

Priya said...

Wow delicious chayote payasam..cant believe this payasam is prepared with chayote, looks too rich and creamy!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Nice one, the photo looks beautiful. First time to your blog and you have a nice one. (My grandma makes this Payasam in fact once tried Cabbage, Carrot payasam also).

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...looks creamy and yum.....