Saturday, 28 January 2017

Carrot Payasam | Gajar Kheer

Kheer plays a significant role in Indian sweets preparations due to its irresistible taste, health benefits and easy preparation. One such healthy kheer is this gajar kheer or carrot payasam. This kheer is an easy sweet dessert which can be made for any occasion. Normally kheer is made during any festive occasion; however this carrot payasam is concerned,  anytime you can pamper yourself by making this one.





Since winter season is going on, so anyone can get those tender and juicy red carrots easily. The carrots are rich in antioxidants, B carotene. Carrots also play the potential roles in vision and eye health. So this is the best way to feed kids as well as adults who refuse to eat carrots except carrot halwa. This kheer is a healthy snacks for kids.





There are a lot of variation in the method of preparation. I have used custard powder to give a thickness in the payasam. Milkmaid can be used too while preparing. This recipe is quite similar to the most famous Indian dessert 'gajar halwa' but with a bit difference. So lets go in details as mentioned below.




Preparation Time : 10 mins      |      Cooking Time : 15 mins


Ingredients :        

Ingredients
Measurements
Carrot (medium)
4 no.
Milk
1 lt
Sugar
4 tbsp
Custard powder (vanilla)
1.5 tbsp
Ghee
4 tbsp
Cashew and raisin
For garnishing

​Method :
  1. Wash carrots, trim the edges and peel of the skins. Grate and keep aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan over medium flame.
  3. Shallow fry cashew nuts and raisins separately, transfer them to a plate.
  4. In the same, add the grated carrots. Stir them continuously and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Now add milk and cook on medium flame, stirring continuously for 5-10 mins or till the milk reduces slightly.
  6. Next add sugar and mix well. Stir for 1-2 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, dissolve custard powder with 3 tbsp milk completely. Add it to carrot-milk mixture, stir well and cook for 1 minute more or till the mixture thickens.
  8. Turn off the flame.
  9. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with cashew nuts and raisins. Serve this delicious carrot payasam or gajar kheer warm or chilled !





Notes :
  • Prefer to use carrots which are sweeter in taste.
  • Add more custard powder if thicker consistency is needed.
  • Custard powder helps thickening the kheer.

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