Dessert or mithai (in hindi) is a significant part of Indian cuisine. One must admire that most Indians have sweet tooth not like me although 😉. Milk is incredibly the most important ingredient for making Indian desserts (almost in 90% of Indian dessert milk is used in different forms). Traditionally Indian desserts differ from western categories by the cooking method as the sweets of the Indian cuisine are not baked instead those are prepared on the stove top or even on open fire. And in India, each state has its own touch for desserts like Thekua from Bihar, Chhenapoda from Odisha, Basundi from Gujarat, Shufta from Jammu & Kashmir, Mysore pak from Karnatak, Puran Poli from Maharashtra and many mores too.
Well as we do grow up with this kind of traditional desserts, then how is about some fusion in this authentic one for a twist !! These days most are in mood of making innovative dishes that reflects in either the making procedure or the ingredients used or even both. Among most Indian desserts, kheer is such a type of dish which has different regional touch. Be it any festival or any celebration, kheer is the most popular Indian dessert that fits into menu of any occasion. Basically kheer is prepared using milk along with rice / vermicelli / flattened rice / tapioca etc, sweetened with jaggery or sugar, loaded with dryfruits and finally flavored with spices like cardamom, saffrons etc. Today’s post is all about a fusion touch to our traditional Indian dessert, Kheer as Pasta Kheer or Pasta Payasam or Pasta Pudding.
Coconut milk is used to make this kheer and results into a Vegan dessert. Also the sweetness here comes from jaggery, one can use regular sugar too. Any variety of pasta one can prefer to make this sweet dish, only the thing one has to keep in mind that the pasta must be of soft kind (after cooking texture) which will give a melt in mouth texture while having the kheer.
Some freshly grated coconut are blended to a paste with little amount of warm water and that is added to the kheer as a thickening factor. One can skip this addition too and boil the milk little more time to get the desired thickness in the milk. Particularly if there is any hurry then some thickening agent like paste of rice flour or corn starch etc can be added, here I have added paste of some freshly grated coconuts. Kids’ll definitely enjoy this pudding if pasta is their favorite. Even elders’ll love this modern twist to our humble kheer. So do try if you are craving for sweets right away or in any celebration, festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dusserah, Rakhsa Bandhan etc.
Recipe Card for ‘Pasta Kheer | Pasta Payasam | Pasta Pudding’ :
Pasta kheer, Payasam, Vegan dessert, Payesh, Fusion Mithai, Fusion dessert, Pasta, Jaggery, Coconut milk
Dessert, Vegan, Fusion, Pasta, Indian Dessert
Pasta Kheer | Pasta Payasam | Pasta Pudding
a simple yet perfect twist to our regular kheer / payesh / payasam.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M
- Pasta 1 cup
- Coconut milk 2 cup
- Coconut (grated) 2-3 tbsp
- Jaggery (grated) 3/4 cup
- Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
- Cashew 2 tbsp
- Raisin 1-2 tbsp
- Salt 1 pinch
- Water as needed
- Oil 1 tbsp
How to cook Pasta Kheer | Pasta Payasam | Pasta Pudding
- First cook the pasta pieces according to the package instruction. Drain and keep aside.
- Make a fine paste of 2-3 tbsp of fresh coconut with little amount of warm water and take into a bowl.
- Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the cashews and raisins until golden brown in color. Transfer to a plate.
- In the same pan, take water along with jaggery and allow the jaggery to melt.
- When jaggery is dissolved completely, turn off heat and strain the jaggery syrup to remove any impurities.
- Again put the jaggery syrup in the pan and turn on heat.
- Add in coconut milk along with cooked pasta and a pinch of salt.
- Bring to a single boil and then simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring in between.
- Then add the fresh coconut paste along with cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins.
- Give a gentle mix and cook for 1 minute more.
- Turn off heat and serve warm !
Coconut paste here I have added to get a little thickness in the kheer. But this addition is optional.
Some chopped dry fruits can be sprinkled on top of the kheer while serving.
Adjust the sweetness of the kheer as desired by the amount of jaggery.
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This Pasta Kheer / Pasta Payasam / Pasta Pudding is contributed for 205th theme of the Foodie Monday Blog Hop foodie group which is decided as ‘Mithai mein twist‘ and suggested by me. Basically we, all the group members had decided to give a fusion touch to most of our Indian Desserts.
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Making kheer with pasta in coconut milk is brilliant Sasmita ! Best part is that this vegan dessert is guilt-free as well as it has jaggery as the sweetener.
Very innovative dessert Sasmita!! Loved this Pasta Kheer .. vegan and without synthetic sugar.. healthy and yumm treats for kids and adults alike!!
Very innovative Sasmita, I would not have thought of using pasta for kheer. Such a wonderful idea. Will try it especially when I have kids over for a meal.
Wow, this is such an innovative recipe! Never heard of a kheer with pasta before.
The kheer looks brilliant! Would love to try it out some time. 🙂
Excellent idea. Pasta cooked in rich coconut milk will taste divine. beautiful click and it looks so delicious
What an amazing idea. Pasta Kheer looks Delish. Loved the use of coconut paste. It not only thickened the Kheer but also enhance the taste. I will try it for sure.
Pasta Kheer loaded with coconut milk looks absolutely tempting. Loved the twist to the traditional kheer recipe.
Very innovative dessert, looks delectable and melt in mouth. Using coconut milk will surely enhance its taste, awsome 👌
What a lovely fusion dessert this is. Very innovative kheer with pasta. Looks so creamy and delicious.
Really… Am I reading it right? I have never heard of payasam made of pasta ever. This looks and sounds very interesting with coconut milk.
Such a delicious kheer sasmita, i have made pasta kheer long before, but with coconut milk and jaggery sounds delish! Can imagine the aroma of ground coconut paste and milk in the kheer! Wonderful vegan dessert!
Pasta kheer. That sounds scrumptious. Never thought of making kheer using a pasta. Definitely will try this for sure.