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Monday, October 12, 2009

Sweet Potato Kheer - Microwave Version

Genasugadda Payasam:

Usually I prefer payasams/kheers to be the desserts when we have company. They are quick & simple to make and yet taste delicious. I don't go with the regular ones but choose some special ones like carrot / chayote / dates and combine sometimes with half & half for the extra richness. The guests are usually bowled over by the unusual, yummy stuff before them and ask for a second serving. The same thing happened yesterday. We had some guests for dinner and I had prepared this sweet potato kheer. They enjoyed it but were at a loss when it was time to guess the vegetable used. They were stuck with carrots and pupmkins based on the color. M usually a jolly guy, sat there with a straight face telling them that they were right and they were elated with their discovery. Of course, when I finally spilled the beans, there was a roar of laughter. This time, I prepared the kheer in MW for my 'Microwave Easy Cooking' event and it was done in a jiffy.

Prep time: 2 min
Cooking time: 7 - 8 min
Servings: 2 -3

What are needed:
Peeled & shredded sweet potato - 1/2 cup
Whole Milk 1.5 cup (or substitute with half & half for more richer version.) Sugar 1.5 Tbsp
A few strands of saffron (entirely optional. M added saffron and it gave a nice tint to the final dish.)
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Ghee (clarified butter) - 1 or 2 tsp
Nuts / raisins for garnishing (optional)

The 'How' part:
Mix the ghee and the shredded sweet potato in a microwave safe bowl and place it on high for a couple of minutes in the MW. Remove and stir the contents once in between. Then add 3/4 C of milk to the bowl and mix well. Put the bowl back in the MW and cook for about 4 minutes. Check once in between and if the milk has been absorbed by the sweet potato, add some more. Add the sugar, remaining milk, a few strands of saffron and cardamom to the bowl. Mix well and put it back in the MW and cook for 2 -3 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked. Garnish with nuts/raisins if using. Stir well before serving. This kheer can be served warm or cold.


Tips from my Kitchen:
1. For diabetic-friendly version, omit the sugar and add a little sweetener to the bowl just before serving.
2. The cooking times depend upon the MW used. The cooking time mentioned above is based on my MW and should be used as a guideline. Use discretion and don't let the mixture burn. :)



prasu said...

wow........nice payasam dear....new idea...it's good dear.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Kheer looks so good. Never tried making kheer with sweet potatoes. YUM!. Nice click....

Uma said...

looks so delicious!!

Sonu said...

MW plays an important role in our kitchen..no? Kheer really look yummm. At first glance, I thought you have made it normal kheer on gas stove. Perfect idea! :)

chakhlere said...

Kheer looks yummy !! And using sweet potato in kheer is so new idea. Yummy!!

Prathibha said...

kheer looks yummy...:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi suma..thanks for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment...sweet potato kheer looks delicious,never heard abt this before,,thanks for the recipe...will surely try it...do keep in touch and hope to c u around more often

AshKuku said...

The Kheer looks awesome & so must be the taste, I bet! The most surprising news was that, it was a microwave made recipe. Very different & experimenting.


PriyaVaasu said...

Hey Suma, Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. Gheer Looks yummy!!! less sugar, less ghee call it Healthy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dibs said...

nice idea! payasam looks very good. Happy Deepawali to you too.