I love semiya payasam...and hate every other milky payasams out there...sorry if i hurt sentiments of any of my readers...but i wanted to be honest about it ;)..as a kid i actually liked sago payasam too..which turned into dislike after i had my p'amma's payasam :(. The reason being..i hate aadai (cream, malai....) in my payasam and when i sipped what pariamma made and i got some aadai in my mouth...less said the better..but the payasam was on the floor and my mom pretty mad at me..coz she thought i was over-reacting ( honestly..i was..just a wee bit ;)
Hima has announced WYF- sweet..in reality it is bahdusha...i love it..but since i have no energy to make it i thought i will settle for the semiya payasam which i also happen to love.
Semia - 1/2 cup, roasted with 1 tsp. ghee.
Fat Free evaporated milk - 1 tin
1% milk -2 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Dry fruits - 1/2 cup (coz a like a bite of dry fruit with every sip)
Ghee - 1 tbls
Saffron - a pinch
1. In a kadai, melt 2 tsp. of ghee and fry the dry fruits till the raisins plump up. Strain the fruits from the ghee adn keep aside.
2. Melt the remaining ghee and roast the semia till it turns light golden..if you have pre-roasted semia..i would suggest you roast it lightly in ghee to get extra flavor.
3. Add the evaporated milk to the above and cook on medium heat till the semia gets soft.
4. Then add the remainder of the milk, sugar and crumble the saffron and cook till the milk gets reduced a little and becomes rich and creamy.
5. Add the reserved dry fruits, mix well and switch off the gas.
6. You can serve this piping hot or cool it..place it in the fridge and have it cold..like the way i do :)
1. I used cashews and raisins for the nuts..please feel free to add in what u like.
2. Jeeves likes super sweet payasam...please reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups..unless you want a sugar-shock ;)
3. I feel adding the fat free evaporated milk gave the payasam some body and a really good color...you can of-course make with full fat or 1%,2% milk. I do not think fat-free cuts it tho
This is off to Hima who blogs at SnackoRama and is hosting the fun event WYF-Sweet