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Monday, May 16, 2011

Gasagase Payasa / Gasagasala Payasam / Poppy Seeds Kheer

Recipe Source: Pushpa Gandlur

I am participating in the second group of blogging marathon # 5 that starts today and have chosen the theme of Indian sweets. Kheers / puddings and laddus are the qualifying choices this time. That means you are going to see those kinds of sweets this week here. J
For the first day, I have chosen a delectable kheer from Karnataka. The delightful combo of poppy seed - coconut mixture in a sweetened milk base is truly a treat to your taste buds. And so rightly chosen for festive occasions or to entice guests by Kannadigas. There are several variations in the preparation of this kheer. Fresh / dried coconut can be used, jaggery or sugar can be the sweetener and the ingredients may be soaked or toasted depending upon one's preference. My mother prepares it in a different way and today's version is the courtesy of a SIL, who happens to be a Kannadiga.
And I want to mention that a little quantity of poppy seeds makes a large quantity of kheer and as many claim, you are not going to fall asleep after drinking a cup of kheer. At least I don't. J

Ingredients: (3 servings)
1 Tbsp poppy seeds / gasagase
1 Tbsp rice
6 almonds
2 Tbsp grated, dry coconut
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
4 Tbsp sugar
1.5 cup water
1 cup milk (boiled and cooled)

Soak almonds, rice, poppy seeds and coconut in a little water for a couple of hours. Or soak them in hot water for 30 minutes.

* Grind the soaked ingredients in a blender to fine paste, adding water if needed.
* Add the ground paste and water to a pan (non stick preferably) and keep cooking until the raw smell disappears. Keep stirring in between.  Add the cardamom powder and sugar. Stir until the sugar melts and turn off the stove.
* Remove the pan from heat and slowly stir in the milk.
* This kheer can be either served warm or cold.

Check out the following marathoners who are participating in BM#5.
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Priya Suresh, Srivalli, Usha
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Vardhini
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: HariniVeena & Me
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Aarthi, Kalyani, Pavani, Shylaja
Summer Coolers: PJVaishali
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Sushma Pinjala



Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that is new. I have some poppy seeds ready to go bad, I may give this a try :)

swapna said...

Delicious and creamy kheer....

Priya said...

Love this poppyseeds payasam, makes me drool..

Usha said...

Poppy seed kheer is new to me..

harini-jaya said...

Ya we make this payasam too. This is the same base payasam for pala poli which I had posted in my blog.
Though we are not kannadigas, our ancestors are from Bellary and there is a definite kannadiga touch to many recipes in our household!!
And glad the adware problem is fixed!

aipi said...

Absolutely delectable ~ I could eat a bowlful right now ! :)
US Masala

Vardhini said...

Poppy seeds and almonds .. nice combination .. looks so delicious. Love the pictures.


Priya Sreeram said...

pass it on- looks very inviting !

Pavani said...

Gorgeous pics and lovely payasam Suma.

Hari Chandana said...

Kheer looks simply awesome and tempting.. beautiful clicks :)
Indian Cuisine

Nitha said...

delicious kheer...

SouthIndianHome said...

Yummy and healthy payasam.
South Indian Home

Prathibha said...

I love this...I will just take a quick nap if I drink this..he he..:)

Suparna said...

tempting payasam, suma the clicks are beautiful

Kurinji said...

Yummy and creamy kheer.

Raji said...

Nice kheer...I would not mind drinking both cups of kheer and falling asleep :)

veena krishnakumar said...

Looks very yummy and creamy!!!!!!!

Smitha said...

this is wonderful and has a total different taste than I expected!...good one!

PJ said...

Very rich and creamy. I had always wanted to make this but keep putting it off. Will try your version and let you know:)