Thursday, February 9, 2012

#9 : Saggubiyyam Payasam ~ Indian Tapioca pudding

"Saggubiyyam Payasam", what can say ? I have such wonderful memories of this Indian Pudding. As a kid I spent my summer vacations with my dads parents in Vijayawada and my grandmother used to make this dessert very often . I still remember the little me trying to  assist my grand mom , pounding up the cardamom and frying the cashews and the raisins. Oh,good old days.

I jotted the below recipe from my mom in law when she was visiting us last year . I can never say no to a warm cup of Saggubiyyam Payasam .

  • 1/4 cup small Tapioca
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup or more Sugar
  • 7 Cardamom pods
  • 10-12 Cashews
  • 10-12 Raisins
  • 1 Tbs Ghee
  1. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan bring the tapioca and water to a boil 
  2. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 30mins until the tapioca doubles in size and becomes translucent . ( Tapioca is a heavy starch and has a tendency to stick to the bottom, so keep stirring from time to time adding more water if needed )
  3. Once the tapioca is cooked add in the milk and simmer for 10mins (remember to be watchful )
  4. Add the sugar 
  5. Remove the skin from the cardamom pods and pound to a fine powder . Add this to the payasam mixture
  6. Heat the Ghee in a small skillet and fry the cashews and raisins until golden brown and add to the payasam . Remove from heat and set aside
  7. Serve warm :-)

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