Ney payasam for this Navratri

Ney payasam for this Navratri
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No celebrations or festivities in India are complete without enjoying some delicious payasam or dessert. Ney payasam or ghee payasam is a special delicacy that is prepared during the Navaratri festivities. Check out the easy recipe of ghee payasam.

Ingredients

½ cup unakkalari or rice with bran

300 gms jaggery

5 tbsp ghee

¾ cup grated coconut

5 crushed cardamom pods

Preparation

Wash the rice well and soak for at least 3 hours

Prepare jaggery syrup by melting jaggery in 1 cup water

Heat 3 tbsp ghee in a thick bottomed vessel

Roast the soaked rice on low flame

Pour 3 cups boiled water and crushed cardamom pods into it

Mix well and cook on low flame with the lid on

Cook until the rice gets slightly over cooked and broken

Add more water if required

Now add the melted jaggery syrup and 1 tbsp ghee

Mix and stir until the water evaporates and the payasam begins to turn thick

Add the grated coconut when cooked rice and jaggery gets mixed well and turns mushy

Add 1 more tbsp ghee when the payasam thickens up nicely

Give everything a good mix and turn off the flame

Add a few ixora (chethi) flowers and tulsi leaves into the hot payasam and cover using plantain leaf

This would make the ghee payasam fragrant and herbal as well.  

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