Being in Chennai,I miss all those once-a-week-at-least-weddings that happen in Ernakulam.Or the friendly neighbour who makes Payasam because her son got a job/his wife had a kid/or the kid is celebrating her birthday.Very often,when Amma talks about these things,I feel home-sick.It was during such a phone-call with amma that I decided to make this payasam.Amma makes it often at home and it is a favorite with all of us.It made me happy,temporarily at least!!
Gova Kanya Paysu ~ Cracked Wheat Payasam
Recipe source - Amma
Cracked wheat - 1/4 cup
Milk - 5 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron strands - a few,soaked in warm milk
Nuts - to garnish
In a thick bottom kadai add milk and let it come to a boil.
Mix in the cracked wheat and let it cook till soft[about 25-30 minutes].
Add the sugar and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Mix in the cardamom powder and saffron strands.Garnish with nuts
Serve warm or chilled.
- Depending on the cracked wheat,you may require less/more milk.I started with 3 cups milk and added more as the payasam started drying up.
- You could also cook the cracked wheat in water first and then add milk and sugar.
- This Payasam tastes best served warm,but if you like,it can be served chilled too.We had it both ways and loved each version.