Cherupayar payasam

Cherupayar payasam
Cherupayar payasam. Photo: Sujatha Naresh Kumar

In the Indian tradition, a dessert is a must during celebrations and festivities. Check out the pretty easy recipe of moong dal/cherupayar payasam.

½ cup moong dal
¾ cup jaggery shavings
½ cup first extract of coconut milk
¾ cup second extract of coconut milk
1 ½ tbsp ghee
8-10 cashews
8-10 raisins
12-15 coconut shards
¼ tsp cardamom powder
A pinch of dried ginger powder
1 ¼ cup water

Wash the moong dal and drain
Heat ¾ tsp ghee in a pressure cooker
Add the moong dal
Stir continuously
Pour water when the moong dal has a toasty aroma
Cook on medium flame until three whistles
Heat an uruli or a thick bottomed vessel
Heat the remaining ghee
Fry the cashews, raisins and coconut shards
Set them aside to be used later
Lightly mash the cooked moong dal before adding into the hot ghee
Now add the jaggery shavings
Mix well
Pour the second extract of coconut milk
Stir until it boils
Lower the flame and add the first extract of coconut milk
Mix well
Turn off the flame before the payasam boils
Add cardamom and dried ginger powder
Finally, garnish with fried cashews, raisins and coconut shards
Enjoy the delicious moong dal payasam.

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