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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Poori Payasam


Kheers / payasams are my favorite just for the simple reason that they satiate my sweet tooth with less guilt and minimal work. I jump in whenever I see a kheer related event going on in the blogosphere and so no surprise, my theme for the first week of blogging marathon is going to be on the same lines- Kheers / Halwas.

When planning for kheer posts, I realized that I haven't posted the ones that are regular in our homes. Surprisingly, even the most mundane vermicelli kheer hasn't been posted yet though I have close to 30 kheer recipes on my blog. And so I chose to go with this yummy poori payasam that used to be prepared on special ocassions in my MIL's kitchen. My mother would reach for a bag of vermicelli or a bottle of sago on festive days when she thought of kheers while my MIL for the wheat flour bag / chanadal. Those are/were their preferred choices. I keep preparing a variety of kheers but the ones with less calories. I don't deep fry very often and so this poori payasam doesn't appear even rarely in my kitchen. :) Probably I have prepared it once or twice and so, today it was like walking down the memory lane, remembering the good times spent with my dear MIL.

As the title suggests, this payasam needs pooris. This delectable kheer is particularly a breeze if you have any left over pooris. Even if you have to start from scratch, that should be no big deal as you may need only about 6 pooris for about 2 cups of milk used. I have posted the simple version that my MIL used to prepare. If you have company or want to make this kheer extra special, 1/4 cup powdered almond - cashew mixture / khova / condensed milk can be added to make the milk base richer. Or the milk can be boiled and reduced to 3/4th of the original quantity. 


Ingredients: (3 servings)
1.5 cup milk
2 - 3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp MTR badam mix (Optional)
4 pooris
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 Tbsp nuts to garnish
Method:
* Bring the milk to a rolling boil and reduce the flame to lowest setting. Let it simmer until pooris are prepared. Add sugar, cardamom powder and badam mix if using.
* Tear the pooris into small pieces, add them to the milk and switch off the stove after a minute or so. Garnish with nuts. Let it sit for about 30 minutes or so.
* It can be served warm or chilled. I prefer it warmer.

Note:
If you need to prepare pooris, take about 1/2 cup of wheat flour / all purpose flour and prepare a firm dough adding water as needed. Let it rest for about an hour. Divide into 6 equal portions, roll them into rounds and deep fry until they puff and turn golden brown both sides. Drain them on paper towels and press them between paper towels if needed to remove excess grease.

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Comments

18 comments:

Srivalli said...

Wow that's really wonderful!..nice reading about your mom and mil..must have been a great experience working with them right..you have 30 kheers?..must check out..

Usha said...

Poori payasam is totally new to me.

Chef Mireille said...

what a unique pudding..with pooris!!

Nirmala Gurunathan said...

Feel like coming and having a cup of payasam!!!!

Akila said...

Never heard of this payasam... Sounds great...

Kalpana Sareesh said...

looks so yumm

PJ said...

Looks delicious. Will check out your other kheer recipes :)

Priya said...

Even i have a long kheer lists in my space,but still to post simple vermicelli and sago kheer..Irresistible poori payasam,loving it.

Archana said...

I love this one. Kheers remind me of my mom.

Lubna Karim said...

That's an simple Payasam recipe...looks yum...

Spice up the Curry said...

wow, just awesome. mouthwatering

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Good one. My mom makes it with crispy puris. The basic version without the additional frills (read : calories) tastes just as yumm!

Sravs said...

Wow that's really yummy and new to me !!!!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

delicious, never had this combo ever

sushma said...

Nice combination

PriyaVaasu said...

Though i make poori's atleast twice a week for my kiddo, i have never tried this payasam!!! Payasam looks yum!!!

rekhas kitchen said...

This one is in my to do list looks so delicious Suma. 30 kheers !!!! wow iam going to check them now.

Shanavi said...

New to me Suma..Looks simple n delish as well