Saturday, 21 June 2014

Aval Payasam (அவல் பாயசம்)

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Aval/ Flattened rice/ Poha is rice that is de-husked and flattened. Aval is used to make snacks, and can also be eaten with milk and sugar. Aval payasam is a traditional preparation that has a specific taste. 

Ingredients:

Flattened rice/Aval – ½ tumbler or 100ml measure (அவல்)
Ghee – 1 tablespoon
Milk – 1 tumbler or 200ml measure
Sugar – ½ to ¾ tumbler (adjust to taste)
Cardamom – 3 no
Clove – 1 no (optional)
Camphor laurel (பச்சை கற்பூரம்) – a pinch (optional)
Cashew nuts – 1 teaspoon
Raisins – 1 teaspoon

Aval Payasam (அவல் பாயசம்)
Method: Fry flattened rice or aval in 2 teaspoons of ghee till it turns light brown in color. Allow it to cool. Break it slightly using a ladle (ஒன்று இரண்டாக உடைத்துக் கொள்ளவும்) or a pestle. Add 1 tumbler (200ml) of water. Cover and cook on a slow flame till the aval is cooked well and has become really soft. Add milk and bring it to boil. Switch off the fire. Add sugar and mix well. Powder cardamom seeds and clove. Crush camphor laurel with your fingers. Add spice powders to the payasam and mix well. Heat the remaining ghee in a spice pan/ tadka pan (தாளிக்கிற கரண்டி). Fry cashew nuts and raisins till the nuts turn light brown in color. Switch off the fire. Add the fried items to the payasam. Serve hot. 

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