Wishing all my friends a blessed, peaceful and prosperous Vishu. Here is a delicious payasam which you can make in a short time to sweeten your Vishu celebration.
Chana dal - 3/4 cup
Jaggery - 1 & 1/2 cup or to taste
Thick coconut milk -1 cup
Thin coconut milk-1 cup
Milk -1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts - 10 - 15
Coconut slices-2 - 3 tbsp
Raisins - 10-12
Ghee - 1 tbsp +2 Tbs
Pressure cook dal for 8 minutes or till done. Meanwhile melt the jaggery in 1/2 cup water, at medium heat. Seive this syrup to remove any impurites. Open the pressure cooker when the pressure releases. Add the jaggery syrup along with 2 tablespoons of ghee. Cook this while stirring for about 3 minutes. Add the thin coconut milk to the dal and stir continuosly and when this starts to boil add the thick coconut milk while continuing stirring for about 8 minutes. When the pradhaman is thick, remove from fire, add the milk and set this aside. Now add cardamom powder. You can add a pinch of salt to bring out the taste.
Heat 1 tbs ghee and fry cashews, coconut slices and raisins. Add this to the prepared pradhaman. If you find the pradhaman too thick to your taste, you may add some milk to get the desired consistency.
Here are some other payasams you can try:
Carrots and vermicelli kheer/payasam