Saturday, April 25, 2015

Heavenly Coconut & Poppy Seed Pudding (Payasam)

I am so thankful to the many people who share their traditional family recipes on The Internet. One such site is that post traditional Karnataka recipes. Karnataka is one of the provinces in southern India offering some wonderful culinary delights.   I have tried some of these recipes and they are absolutely delicious! Most of the time I use these websites for my own reference.  I share one of my favourites today...

Poppy Seed & Coconut pudding:

Heat 2 tsp of Coconut oil or Ghee or butter. In it fry 1 tbsp of brown rice & 3 tbsp poppy seeds.  After about a  few seconds or a minute or so it starts smelling absolutely heavenly.  Now turn off stove and set the pot aside.  

Have 3 cups of water ready.  Take 3/4 cup of jaggery (palm sugar) in a pot. Add a little water to it and heat until it melts.  Strain it and set aside. If you want to skip this step just use about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of honey or maple syrup depending on how sweet you like your pudding.

To the fried poppy seeds and brown rice add 1/2 cup of grated fresh coconut, a little water, 3 Cardamom pods(slightly break it) and add to the blender and blend until smooth. Add this paste, remaining water, melted jaggery or honey or maple syrup to a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for a minute and turn off the stove. Pour this into cups and serve. This makes enough quantity for 4 people

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