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BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 

Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 

Day 23: W for Wheat Payasam

I went straight to Rajani’s blog for today’s letter. She did an A-Z Kerala Sadya recipes for one of the previous mega marathons and I knew she will have the perfect dish with the letter W. Rajani didn’t disappoint me, this Wheat payasam, Kerala style with coconut milk was so decadent and delicious.

This payasam is made with cracked wheat or broken wheat, sweetened with jaggery and simmered in coconut milk. I used fine bulgur wheat and it worked just perfect for this recipe.

Traditionally coconut milk is made fresh in Kerala households. But I find the whole process tedious and time consuming, so I used canned coconut milk. I mixed it with some water to make thin coconut milk and used it as is for thick coconut milk.

I loved how creamy and delicious this payasam turned out. It tastes great when served warm or even chilled. I told myself this is health food — cracked wheat, coconut milk and jaggery are healthy ingredients– right?? I slurped up most of the payasam myself 🙂

Recipe from Rajani’s blog:

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Wheat Payasam Yum
Kerala Style Wheat Payasam made with cracked wheat, jaggery and coconut milk -- this is a delicious and decadent dish to make for festivals or on special occasions.
Wheat Payasam
Course dessert
Cuisine kerala
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Wheat Cracked (I used fine bulgur wheat)
  • ½ ~ ¾ C cups Jaggery (adjust according to your taste)
  • cups Coconut Milk Full fat canned
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • ¼ tsp Ginger Dry
  • 2 tbsps Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Cashews , broken
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Fresh slices
Course dessert
Cuisine kerala
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Wheat Cracked (I used fine bulgur wheat)
  • ½ ~ ¾ C cups Jaggery (adjust according to your taste)
  • cups Coconut Milk Full fat canned
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • ¼ tsp Ginger Dry
  • 2 tbsps Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Cashews , broken
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Fresh slices
Wheat Payasam
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook cracked wheat with 1½~2cups of water for 2~3 whistles. Alternately, it can also be cooked with 2½cups of water in a saucepan for about 20minutes.
  2. In the meantime, combine 1cup coconut milk with ½cup water -- this will be our thin coconut milk and the remaining ½cup will be our thick milk.
  3. Heat 1tbsp ghee in a small pan, roast cashews, raisins and coconut pieces separately until golden. Remove onto a plate and set aside.
  4. In a medium size saucepan, melt jaggery with 2tbsp water. Once melted, strain it if you see any impurities, otherwise add the cooked wheat and 1tbsp ghee. Simmer for 3~4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Lower the heat and add the thin milk. Cook for 6~8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the ground cardamom and dry ginger.
  6. Finally add the thick coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the roasted cashews, raisins and coconut pieces. Mix well. Serve the payasam warm or chilled and Enjoy!!
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11 thoughts on “Wheat Payasam (Kerala Style)”

  1. Gosh it is surely droolworthy and so healthy too..so next time you better share..lol..The payasam looks so creamy Pavani..fantastic choice..

  2. Payasam is creamy rich and divine. All those antique looking bowls are cute. Perfect setup for a traditional sadya sweet.

  3. Wheat payasam looks too delicious and with jaggery it must have tasted amazing.I love cracked wheat kheer and am literally drooling over your pics.Too good.

  4. Payasam looks so creamy,love the rustic props.Well presented,for such an authentic payasam the rustic bowl looks very nice.

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