Indian desserts are a treat to taste buds and undoubtedly an indispensable part of any festival or celebration - loaded with sweetness and enriched with goodness of milk, nuts, etc. Talking of indian desserts only brings water in my mouth. The very first image which comes to my mind when we say dessert is a big bowl of rice kheer or payasam cooked in milk loaded with heartful of dry fruits. yummm.....
While in North its kheer made up of rice cooked in milk, in south its popular as Payasam or payasa , be it rice or vermicelli cooked in coconut milk and jaggery. In south there's varities to prepare the payasam or payasa but in North india all sweets or desserts are mainly of dairy products. Myself being north indian also uses milk more and today's recipe is also inspired by south though I have used milk inplace of coconut milk. With a twist I have cooked oats n carrots in milk and the outcome was commendable. Since I used more of milk the dessert came out as payasam , if we reduce the milk quantity and increase carrots it would a great competition to our own traditional gajar ka halwa 😂😝. But if you can go with my words, will suggest you try this recipe with jaggery ( instead of sugar) and coconut milk (instead of milk).
The combination of coconut, carrots and oats have created a unique new flavourful dessert.
Oats carrot payasam
Carrots big 4 no.s
Almondmeal 3 tbsp or 10_15 no.s crushed.
Raisins 10-15 no.s
Milk 750 ml
Ghee or clarified butter 1 tbsp
Oats 2 tbsp
2 Cardomom seeds crushed finely
Sugar 1/2 cup
Grated coconut half cup.
Wash, peel and chop carrot.
Pressure cook them till tender. When cool grind them into paste. Keep aside.
In a deep thick bottom pan add ghee and then milk slowly. And cardomom powder.
Let it simmer and reduce a little.
Add oats and cook for another 10-15 mins.
Now add carrot paste and almondmeal. Cook on simmer gas till it becomes little thick. then add grated coconut. cook for 5 mins stirring continuously.
Add sugar. Let it get dissolved.
Switch off the gas and add raisins.
Refridgerate when cool for atleast 3-4 hrs before serving. This taste awesum when chilled. But since its winters you enjoy it hot!!
You may like to try my earlier steamed daal payasam.