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Tender Coconut Payasam/ Dessert

Milk payasam or kheer had always been a favourite of mine. Unlike my family who love the authentic traditional cherupayiru/moong dhal payasam, i am a bit off to this milk dessert as i love dairy and dairy products. Yumm! But recently i was quite tired of making the same combo of sago and semolina and also the rice kheer. One fine day, i came across this tender coconut payasam in Pinterest (to my readers i reveal my obsession over Pinterest, it has changed my life for good) while searching for easy recipes for Janmashtami offerings. Though i was convinced with their no cook methods shown, i wanted something hot and nice to be freshly prepared and keeping my one year old in mind, i wanted to modify it a bit so that my Little Krishna can have a taste too ☺

Basically i have cooked it, and omitted the condensed milk. Now lets see how to prepare our tender coconut payasam or Elaneer Payasam

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 30 – 40 minutes

Ingredients (for 3-4 people) :

  1. One big tender coconut search for the not-so-old ones, with more water and soft flesh
  2. Milk – 1 ltr
  3. A handful of cashews and almonds roasted in ghee
  4. Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
  5. Sugar for taste – i have used palm sugar about 2 tbsp (it gives a lovely off white colour to the payasam)
  6. Ghee or clarified butter2 tsp

Method:

  1.  Cut open the tender coconut, drain the water in a container. Scoop out the tender flesh in a separate bowl and slice it into long strips. Keep aside.
  2. Cut the almonds and cashews into small pieces, some like the cashews whole. I like them small and crunchy.
  3. In a saucepan, add 1 ltr of fresh cow milk under moderate flame and let it boil. Once it has boiled for the first time, keep on stirring so that the milk residue don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. You need to do this till the volume of the milk is reduced by half. By then, it would have started to become a bit thicker in consistency.
  4. Once you feel it is thick enough, add 1 cup of tender coconut water into the simmering milk and continue to cook it for another 5 to 10 minutes under moderate flame again.
  5. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, add the ghee and once it melts, add the nuts and saute them for a minute or so, until nice aroma fills the air and be cautious not to burn the cashews. The timing is just nice to transfer the roasted nuts into the saucepan.
  6. Now add the palm sugar or jaggery and the tender coconut’s flesh. Let it cook another 5 more minutes
  7. Add cardamom powder and give it a good stir. All done!

Tender Coconut Payasam

Now our Tender Coconut Payasam is ready . Simply healthy, easy, and baby friendly. You can garnish with extra roasted nuts on top. Do give a try and pls comment below. Thank you.

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You cannot cheat a dentist

Cheat

Here i am, waiting in my room to extract a rotten tooth which gave sleepless nights to an elderly man. There was silence in the room and i was patiently gazing at his mouth, waiting for the local anaesthesia to numb his right lower jaw.

So this is my routine for most of the days in a week, alternating with fillings and denture appointments. One thing i notice with the small fraction of patients here, or anywhere, is the tendency to cheat on something they think we can’t figure out.

They would blindly say their tooth broke because of a poor filling, where it actually fractured after they bit on a chicken bone during a local festival in ecstasy. Some deny the fact that they smoke, where the clear grey line in their palate tells us he/she is a chronic smoker. How cutely they try their luck to mend their broken dentures for the “second” time not knowing we sensed a cheating on a mere look at it.

Anyways, our prime job is to satisfy every patient who come here for a relief. These little psychology of people we are dealing with had pretty much helped in understanding types of people and the ability to treat them accordingly. What more if you love your job that it is no longer categorised as one. Cheers

Krishna’s home

Well, i’m starting off with a welcome note to all readers.. as well as for my Krishna! This picture was taken when my daughter admiring her own footprints which she helped me doing it for Krishna’s janmashtami. In my next blog im going to show you how to make a cool kheer/payasam in this summer season. Stay tuned folks…