Friday, March 14, 2008

Paal Payasam / Rice pudding

Paal payasam (in Tamil), Milk payasam, Rice kheer or Rice pudding is pretty well – known dessert everywhere. Traditional method, the three main ingredients, Rice, milk and sugar are stirred and cooked together in low fire to enhance the taste. Usually, we prepare it for neivedyam (God offering/ prasadam). Slowly, the original way of cooking in low fire has been swapped by Pressure cooker to make it faster. But now, due to time constraint or technology invention, people sticks to their convenient cooking method, can I say Microwave? This paal payasam is cooked under waves “Microwave”.

Paal payasam

Ingredients:

Basmati Rice: 4 tbsp
Sugar: ¼ cup (We really like mild sweet – u can increase or decrease according ur taste)
Milk: 2 cups
Green cardamom: 4 pods (powder)
Nutmeg: a dash grated
Edible camphor: a dash crushed (good for god offering & aromatic)
Saffron: a pinch (optional – usually not used in paal payasam)
Almonds or nuts of ur preference: to garnish
Microwave tips:
*To reduce the cooking time for the rice: Rinse and drain rice, soak it at least 20 min, after soaking, throw in food processor and use pulse button, to break the rice grain.
*Use a bowl with maximum height (milk easily over flow)
All microwave settings depend on your brand. So adjust the cooking time more if u thinks if it is still grainy.

Method:
Add the milk in the bowl and heat for 2 minutes in microwave.
Take out and add the soaked, broken rice in hot milk, stir and set the microwave for another 8 minutes, uncovered.
Stir every 2 min for even cooking…and keep watching it may overflow!
Take out the bowl add the sugar, green cardamom powder, saffron (if u like it), camphor and nutmeg and nuts and stir well…
Let it rest for 10 minutes and enjoy the dessert cold or warm.
This microwave entry goes to “Microwave easy cooking” which is hosted by Srivalli for the theme of month “Rice Dishes”. I just add little saffron to the white dessert to make it colorful “Srivalli”.

27 comments:

Uma said...

Lovely! the rice pudding is everyone's fav. Looks so delicious. Nice entry.

Asha said...

Such a great entry, I never thought of making dessert. Great idea, looks delicious!:)

Dhivya said...

Me too never thinking of making dessert for rice event...innovative idea dear:)looks yummmmmmmmmmm

Namratha said...

Looks gr8 dear Cham, love it!

kamala said...

The dessert looks yummy.Thanks for dropping in my blog

Trupti said...

Rice Pudding...looks yuuuuuuuuummy

bee said...

sounds so easy. thanks for this great recipe.

Rachel said...

Payasam cooked ina microwave..neat..

Srivalli said...

Seriously, when I thought of Rice, a dessert never came to mind. Thanks for sending me a dish to make the party a complete one....that bowl looks yummy!

sra said...

Yes, really neat, looks nice!

sowmya said...

That is a great entry,,very different.
Pal payasam in a microwave..superb...am surely going to try this!!!

Lavi said...

I love paal payasam cham..nice entry for microwave cooking.

Jayashree said...

Nice entry.....

vandana rajesh said...

wow cham..pal payasam and that too in the microwave. Too good .

Laavanya said...

I love paal payasam though have never tried making it in the microwave before... I tried pressure cooking once and it was disastrous. Looks yummy Cham.

Cham said...

Uma: Thank U
Asha: I thought only rice dessert would be easy, but it was very quick/easy to make in microwave Asha
Dhiv: Tamil penne ippadi sollalama...
Namratha: Thank u dear
Kamala:Welcome & Thanks
Trupti:yeap,was yummy
Bee:Was very quick cooking Bee
Rachel: give a try in microwave

Cham said...

Srivalli: I thought it was challenging to cook in microwave, ur event proved with little attention, it is indeed easy.
Sra : Thank u
Somya: Little twist in my payasam but really a sweet treat
Lavi,Jayasree: Thank u
Vandana & Laavanya Try in microwave, it is fast...

Saswati said...

hey cham that's anice and easy recipe....nice entry.

Kalai said...

Gorgeous, Cham!! Love paal payasam. Wonderful entry! Thanks again for the curry powder!! :)

Divya Vikram said...

I too just posted payasam..Nice entry cham..

easycrafts said...

wow...it looks so rich and creamy

shriya said...

One of my fav. Its def a great entry . I never tried rice pudding in microwave.

Seena said...

Cham, good one! me too make it with Basmati rice.. :)

Archy said...

Rice pudding is all time fav !!
But in microwave,Yummy Cham !!
Delicious entry !!

Cham said...

Saswati: Thank u and quick one to make it
Kalai: I knew that u re going to love my curry powder, Kalai, Thanks
Divya V: Well ur aval payasam will be even more easy in micowave.
easycraft:Thanks u
Shriya Thank u shriya, got 2 try and u will stick to it.
Seena:I love basmati for the quick cooking.
Archy:Thank u gal :)

Annu said...

Pala payasam,name its yummy........Thats a wonderful dessert.

Dee said...

I love pal Payasam...But Never thought of it as a microwave Recipe..Tried it out and it turned out to be delicious.!!!..Thanks cham...