Friday, June 24, 2011

Carrot Kheer/Payasam- Carrot dessert in milk spiced up with Cardamom

Some flavors blend so well you cannot tell them apart when together. Yet, together they are a flavor to reckon with. In the same way, if I served you the golden sunshine in the bowl below, and asked to describe its taste, you will be torn unable to decide if it is carrot halwa or semiya payasam.

Carrot Kheer/Payasam

The answer is right here on this page so please read on. You will agree with me on this when you go through the recipe. In the same breath I have to admit that it is better or equally good as carrot halwa or a payasam

Carrot Kheer/Payasam

I made this a month back and decided to post it only when I had some fresh carrot pictures to post alongside. Obviously, that never happened. The farmer's market doesn't have a good variety of veggies yet, and the carrots that I've planted this season are not ready for harvesting. Then again, when I remembered the bunnies that frequent my vegetable patch, I doubt they will leave any carrots for me to photograph. Everything considered, I decided today was the day to share this pleasantly surprising sweet delicacy with you. At a later time, provided the regular visitors in our yard, the Bunnies, leave some carrots for me to enjoy I shall share some pictures with you.

Cardamom/Elachi

Speaking of carrots, did you know that most of the baby carrots we get in the US is processed, and "not so baby" carrots? I didn't know this until Sunitha mentioned it once. But there are some varieties that is "baby carrots, " albeit too expensive. The stats shows how consumption of carrots have grown exponentially post marketing baby carrots. And surely consumption shall soar once everyone knows how to make kheer or carrot halwa :-) You will agree 100 % after you have tasted some kheer yourself!

Carrot Kheer/Payasam


Ingredients:

Ghee- 2 Tbsp
Carrot grated- 2 cups
Milk- 2+1 cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
Almond slivers- 2 Tbsp


Method:

1.Heat 2 Tsp ghee in a deep and thick bottom pan.Throw in the grated carrots and fry till it is cooked through.
2. Pour in 2 cups of milk and allow to boil.
3.Lower the heat and let the carrot get cooked well.Stir in between. It takes almost 10-12 minutes.
4.By this time almost all the water content will be dried, do not add more milk at this point.
5.Add sugar and start stirring continuously, on low heat.Continue this till all the water gets evaporated and the mixture gets thickened.While stirring if you are able to see the path of the spoon/spatula without the mixture running over there immediately, it is done. This takes ~10- 12 minutes on medium low heat.
6.Slowly add the remaining milk into it. The point is that the boiling shouldn't get stopped while you pour the cold milk.This can be done on high heat and stirring continuously, while you add around 1/3 cup of milk at a time.
7.Once you added the milk, it should be boiled well.Pour more milk to get the desired consistency.Add the cardamom powder. Switch off the heat.
8.Garnish with slivered almonds. Serve warm or cold.

Notes:

1. You could reduce the sugar and add some condensed milk instead.
2.Also you could add some evaporated milk along with the normal milk after you boil with the sugar.

43 comments:

  1. Yummy..looks very delicious and tempting.

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  2. Ee payasam onnu undakki nokanam allo, kandale ariyam nalla ruchi ayrikum enne :)

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  3. you are so rite nami...it does look like golden sunshine in a bowl....n' looks beautiful too...loved that pic of cardamom too...:)

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  4. what a great way to ket my kid to finish his carrots! Bookmarked thanks :)

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  5. Payasam got very nice colour. First time here. Glad to follow you.Hope you will visit me too.
    Show and Tell
    Event - LGSS_Paneer

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  6. Payasam looks so comforting very nice and rich looking..

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  7. Super delicious payasam...loved the color...

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  8. Wowww.. looks creamy and delicious.. awesome preparation.. Yummy :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  9. Creamy colorful and yummy kheer...

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  10. Dear Namitha
    How are you? Even if it is off season for carrot , I am going to try it. Initially I thought you were heading for gajar ka halwa,,,but you finished with a great payasam..!!!
    have a nice weekend

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  11. looks really yummyy...amazing pics...

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  12. really beautiful colour there. love this kheer recipe.

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  13. Wow, that looks so rich, creamy and delicious..love the color..simply amazing!!

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  14. Made a totally new dish with the regular ingredients!!!! Fabulous....love the color of it!!

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  15. mmmm... looks inviting! I love the colour too!

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  16. ethu kollallo.. nice colour...

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  17. This payasam is delicous. Why don't you click some pics of the bunnies and put up? I would love to show them to my kid..

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  18. Creamy and yummy payasam..lovely color

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  19. Seriously i feel like finishing that droolworthy and creamy kheer..

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  20. The pictures are excellent and the recipe looks delish.

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  21. what a lovely color...deliciously rich in texture too

    just see that u have mentioned vermicelli in step 3 of the recipe part

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  22. Good looking kheer - great pics even with the carrots...

    (I think you meant to say carrots in point 3 instead of vermicelli)

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  23. Thanks guys ! Try it and let me know :-)
    @Deepti and Cooking Foodie :Thanks for pointing out. Yes I meant carrots. But as I have mentioned the method is very much the same and I had copied and pasted my vermicelli payasam recipe ;-)and missed this word in there. Corrected it now :-)

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  24. I think this is going to be the new carrot halwa now :) and you guys are ight, it does look like sunshine in a bowl :)

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  25. Wow, carrot payasam makes me drool badly here! Looks super slurpy...yummm ;)

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  26. Looks beautiful and delicious, healthy too which makes it even better:)

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  27. Never tasted this before. Looks beautiful and delicious..

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  28. Such a eye catching color 2 d kheer..looks delicious..:)

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  29. ethu perfect kheer....looks creamy n nice click!!

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  30. Love the colour...looks so beautiful!

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  31. Wow! This looks delicious and so unique ... I must try it!

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  32. very tempting kheer!!nice clicks..

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  33. Beautiful, stunning pictures!!!!! And I am sure the taste is as sophisticated as the look of this dessert!

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  34. Adipoli nami..njan try cheyyamttoo..pinee tried ur chocochip orie cookies..ivide pillarikku bhyankara ishtamayittoo..njan post cheyyamttoo..thx for sharing da.

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  35. Luxury soup I love color, beautiful photographs, I love your pictures and your recipes, big hugs.

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  36. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    Semiya upma

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