Thursday, March 6, 2008
Shavige Payasa/Vermicelli Kheer
Payasa or Kheer is a traditional Indian sweet. This sweet is a real treat on special occasions such as birthdays, marriages, or festivals. Hope you guys can experience the wonderful taste of this popular dessert.
This vermicelli is hand made by my Aunt.The main ingredient is semolina(small rava)made into a dough.They draw a thread like from the dough and then dry it on a wooden rod.It is more of a technique that is perfected over time, and you can control the thickness of the vermicelli. Of course, you get machine made, commercially available vermicelli as well.
Vermicelli- 1 cup
Milk(Whole)- 2 cups
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Ghee- 1-2 tbsp.
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
Saffron(strands)- 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts(chopped)-1 tbsp
Raisins- 1 tbsp
Heat ghee in a pan, fry Cashews, Raisins, Almonds till golden color. Remove from the heat and set aside.Heat remaining ghee in a pan, add vermicelli and fry until brown.
Boil milk, add vermicelli and simmer until the vermicelli is tender. Add sugar, cardamom powder, saffron and nuts.Mix well and remove from the heat.
Serve hot or cold.You can also garnish with pistachios.