Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cracked wheat moong dal payasam - in a slow cooker

Creamy, sweet and yummy .... that's exactly how this slow cooked payasam tastes. With just a few ingredients and a slow cooker you can create this easy recipe for any occasion. 
Cracked wheat moong dal payasam recipe

(for a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker)

Cracked wheat (coarse) - 1 cup
Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Whole milk/evaporated milk - 4 cups
Condensed milk - 1/2 cup (adjust according to taste)
Jaggery powder - 2-3 tbsp
Elaichi powder - 1/4 tsp
Raisins - a few
Cashews (optional)
Ghee to fry the raisins/nuts and moong dal - 1 tbsp

1. Saute the moong dal in 1/2 tbsp of ghee.
2. Wash the cracked wheat and add to the slow cooker.
3. Add the sauteed moong dal.
4. Pour the milk and stir well.
5. Next add the elaichi powder and condensed milk and stir to combine.
6. Cover with the lid and set on low for about 2 hours. Give it a stir after one hour.
7. When 3/4 cooked add the jaggery powder and mix well.
8. Set the slow cooker on high for the next one hour.
9. If you see the payasam bubbling reduce the setting to low and continue to cook for another 30 minutes.
10. You need to cook until you get a creamy consistency. 
11. Garnish with raisins and cashews (if using). 

1. The jaggery powder gives the payasam its color.
2. You can skip the moong dal and make the payasam with just the cracked wheat.
3. Cooking time varies depending on the size of the slow cooker.

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