Unakkalari payasam

Brown rice or 'unakkalari' payasam is a Malabar speciality during Onam celebrations. The subtle earthy flavour of brown rice paired with butter gives this dessert an different taste than usual white rice payasam.

¾ glass (small steel glass) brown rice
2 litres milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
1-2 tbsp chopped cashews
1 tbsp butter
½ tsp rose water
A pinch of salt

Into a pressure cooker add 4 small steel glasses of water and a glass of milk and the brown rice
Pressure cook the rice until 1 whistle comes off
After that, reduce the flame and cook for some more time
Meanwhile, boil the rest of the milk in a thick bottomed vessel
When the milk is boiled well and begins to get reduced, add the cooked brown rice. Mix well
Add sugar and continue stirring. When this mixture turns cream in colour, add the cardamom powder
Mix well and take it off the flame
Now add the butter, rose water and sprinkle some saffron as well
Garnish the unakkalari payasam with chopped cashews.

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