Payasa(Kannada) or Payasam or Paays(Konkani) or Kheer(Marathi/Hindi) must be the most authentic sweet dish from Southern India. We make this sweet dish with so many different things. Traditionally it was made of jaggery, but now, sugar is widely used. Any South Indian festival/function is not complete without paays.When I was a kid, we all kids loved sugar paays and grown up people liked jaggery paays. Usually we kids won almost every time because if jaggery paays was made, none of us would touch it. Since no body at my home likes sweet, my mom has stopped making them these days, even if she makes, she makes mildly sweet. As far as I am concerned, I cook sweet when I feel like, not necessarily a festival, and I feel like eating it only once in a year or so. But I want to learn all of my traditional dishes whether they are spicy or sweet. So I try to make them once in a while.
Today I cooked this wheat – ganvu(Konkani) or godhi(Kannada) paays for dinner. One of my readers had requested for this recipe and I had bought whole wheat many days ago. Somehow I could never make it. Today I made a point to make something different than my staple vermicelli paays or sabudana paays. Luckily I had a tin of coconut milk which I had picked from Indian store during my last visit. This paays got ready in around 25mins and it was just out of the world.
This is an instant paays recipe. This might not be the traditional one, but I am happy I tried it. I got this recipe in a Kannada weekly. Small pieces of wheat can be tasted in the paays which enhances the richness of this sweet dish.
Wish you all a very happy Yugadi(thats how it is pronounced in Kannada) / Gudi padva.
1/2 cup whole wheat
1/2 cup jaggery
1 cup thick coconut milk
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder
1 tbl spn raisins(dried grapes)
Wash the wheat and grind it to a coarse paste.
Add around 2 cups of water to it and cook on a low flame mixing it at regular intervals. You can see the mixture thickening. This sticks to bottom very soon, so keep mixing it. Add coconut milk, jaggery, raisins and cook for around 10mins.
Take out from heat, add cardamom powder and mix well. Serve hot or cold.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 25mins
PS: The raisins can be fried in ghee and then added to the paays.
Milk can be used in the place of coconut milk.
I think lapsi(broken wheat) can be used instead of whole wheat. Just wash it well before using. If it is too coarse, grind it a bit before using.