Paasi paruppu payasam is a traditional recipe that I learnt from my grandmother. It is a tasty and healthy dessert.

What you need

Green gram (Paasi paruppu) - 1 cup

Jaggery dissolved in water - 1/2 cup

Milk - 1/2 cup

Coconut milk - 1/4 cup

Cardamom - 1 tsp

Ghee - 1 tsp

Cashews, raisins - 1 tsp each

Cooking instructions

Dry roast the gram till golden brown and it gives off an aroma. Set aside to cool. Take coconut milk extract and set aside.

Heat ghee and roast cashews and raisin and set aside.

Then pressure cook the gram (with 1/2 cup of water) for 4 whistles and keep aside. It should be squishy enough to mash. Mash it.

In hot water, immerse powdered jaggery and crush well and filter to remove impurities and keep it ready. 

Take a wide bottomed pan, add the cooked gram, and the filtered jaggery syrup and milk. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add coconut milk, cardamom powder — give a quick stir.

Bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Add ghee, roasted cashews and serve hot or cold.

Cheruba Nelson is a school student who loves to try out traditional recipes.