Payasam is a famous traditional sweet dish from South India, especially popular in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is typically made during celebrations like festivals, weddings, or family gatherings. It is a type of rice pudding, prepared with rice, milk, sugar, and flavored with spices like cardamom and garnished with dry fruits and nuts. There are many variations of Payasam, some made with vermicelli, fruits, or lentils.
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Rinse the rice under running water until the water runs clear.
In a heavy-bottomed pan, bring the milk to a boil.
Add the rinsed rice to the boiling milk and reduce the heat to low.
Cook the rice in milk until it is soft and the milk has reduced to half.
Add the sugar and stir well to dissolve.
Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heat ghee in another pan, add the cashews and raisins, and fry until the cashews are golden and the raisins are plump.
Add the fried cashews, raisins, and the ghee to the cooked rice and milk mixture.
Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
Serve the Payasam warm or cold, as preferred.