About 2 weeks ago, we had invited our friends for lunch. I made a simple spread for them. At the last moment, I realized I had not made any sweet dishes. Somehow sweet dishes always slip out of my mind as we both don’t have sweet tooth. So I wanted to make something that gets ready very fast, but something special. I saw a big batch of dates and I decided to go ahead with this. This became a huge hit, infact the highlight of the meal.
I have seen many versions of this payasa with coconut milk. I made it with milk like aayi – she substitutes coconut milk with milk in all her payasas.
1/2 cup chopped dates
3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar(or jaggery)
2 tbl spns cashews
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder
1 tea spn ghee
Chop the dates. Cook them in milk (if using dates with seeds, remove the seeds before cooking) for about 6-7mins.
Grind the mixture. Do not let the dates grind completely. Few small bits of dates gives an amazing taste and texture.
Now add sugar to the dates mixture and cook again for about 5mins till it thickens.
Heat ghee and fry cashews. Add them and cardamom powder to payasa.
Serve hot or chilled.
Preparation time : 20mins
Serves : 2-3
Updated 12/29/2013 : I prepared this slightly differently this time, it came out really good and took about 8mins from start to finish.
I used about 20-25 dates and about 10 almonds. Added about 3 cups milk to it and microwaved for 2 mins. Then grind it. This gets a thick consistency due to number of dates and gets good sweetness from them too. Then I just added cardamom powder and cashews fried in ghee. Served chilled.