Kavitha Kishore of Kavitha-vin Kaivannam is a good friend of mine. I love her recipes and have tried a few too. This payasam is now more of a meal for my son.He likes to take it for lunch to school. He loves it very much and will keep eating every spoon by complementing me for it, well thanks to Kavitha for the recipe.
Most of the time I end up making it with left over rice. You can also say that its an excuse for me to make it. Its very simple and tasty too.
This is my version of it,
Cooked rice - 1 bowl
Jaggery syrup - 1/2 bowl
Ghee - 3 tbspns
Grated or chopped coconut
Break the jaggery into pieces and pour a little water in it and let it dilute completely. Then strain it and bring it to a boil and reduce the heat and let it simmer till it becomes a little thick.
Cook the rice as usual and let it cool, make sure there are no lumps.
In a non-stick vessel heat the ghee add the cashew nuts, coconut and raisins and fry it well
Add the cooked and cooled rice and fry it for 3-5 minutes and add the cardamom powder.
Now pour the jaggery syrup and mix it well. Reduce the heat and let it absorb the syrup and stir it regularly.
It should be almost dry out. Serve it warm.
Am sure it will be a hit with the kids and adults alike.