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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Coconut Kheer / Thengai Payasam

I tried a few recipes after going thru PJ's blog during last marathon and this yummy kheer was one among them. I prepare and have eaten coconut milk based kheers and kheers containing coconut but this sounded interesting as coconut plays the key role here and besides I am a sucker for coconut. This payasam is prepared using coconut, rice and jaggery and is a traditional fare among Tamilian households. It is prepared as a neivedyam (religious offering) on festive occasions. As all traditional kheers, this one was also delicious besides being simple to prepare. I was expecting a yellow kheer but instead surprisingly ended up with a white colored one. I guess it was because of the pale colored jaggery I used. I have no complaints and passing it as my "White" colored entry to blogging marathon.

Ingredients: (2 servings)
1 & 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded fresh / frozen coconut
1/4 cup powdered jaggery
1 Tbsp rice
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp ghee
1 Tbsp each - cashews and raisins

* Soak rice in hot water for about 10 - 15 minutes and drain.
* Soak jaggery in 3 - 4 Tbsp of water until melted and strain to remove any impurities present.
* Meanwhile, heat milk in a sauce pan, preferably a non stick one.
* Grind coconut, soaked rice and cardamom to a fine paste adding some milk if needed.
* Gently stir the melted jaggery and the ground paste to the boiling milk.
* Simmer for about 10 minutes and turn off the stove.
* Heat ghee in a small pan and add cashews and raisins. Toast cashews until golden brown and the raisins turn plump. Add them to the kheer and stir.
* Enjoy kheer warm or serve chilled.

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Hari Chandana said...

Lovely and delicious payasam.. looks divine :)

Akila said...

Looks very inviting

Nisha said...

Looks so delicious

Jayashree said...

I too am a fan of all things coconut. Coconut, milk and jaggery - a wonderful combination indeed.

Priya Suresh said...

Very tempting and beautiful payasam, inviting.

Hema said...

Such a simple kheer.. the coconut must give it a nice richness..

Srivalli said...

hahah..ok agreed this will surely pass off for white!..very pretty pictures..and payasam sounds great..

Pavani N said...

Yummy looking kheer. Lovely clicks.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Coconut kheer in any version is my fav! Lovely kheer!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love thengai Payasam! beautiful clicks :)

rekhas kitchen said...

Never tried coconut payasam,sounds delicious will try...

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

delicious payasam... we do coconut payasam similarly but we also add Khus Khus (poppy seeds) to it... This one is looking so yummy!!
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Sapana Behl said...

Yummy kheer with nice clicks..

Kalyan said...

looks awesome and deliciously mouthwatering!

Chef Mireille said...

I know I would love this one - on my must try list