Crushed Cardamom - 3(use only seeds and remove pods)
Ghee - 3 tsp
Cashew nuts- ¼ cup
Raisins - ¼ cup
Thengakothu (bite size coconut pieces) - ½ cup
Wash and clean the cracked wheat and Soak it in water for 30 mins.Then pressure cook this cracked wheat with 4 cups of water for 3 whistles.
Mean time,melt jaggery in a pan with little water.
Heat a heavy bottom pan(uruli),add lit ghee and add strained jaggery syrup.
Add cooked wheat to the jaggery syrup and mix gently.
Add medium consistency coconut milk and heat this until boils.Gently stir the content in order to avoid the sticking at the bottom.
When it starts boiling,reduce the flame and stir gently for 2-3 minutes.Add cardamom powder and finally add thick coconut milk and stir gently for 1 minute.Switch off the flame and (move out the pan to the counter top if you are using a coil).
Check the sugar level and colour of the payasam.If you need more,you can add more...The colour of the payasam purely depends on the colour and type of the jaggery.
Heat another pan,add ghee and fry coconut pieces(thenga kothe),cashews and raisins.Add this fried items to the payasam.
Always stir gently while making any payasam in order to avoid the sticking to the bottom.
Use fresh coconut milk for good taste.
This wheat payasam get thickened while sitting more time.So try to have this on the same day.Or if you are having on the next day,add hot milk to loosen it.
Also you can add cow's milk to this cooked wheat and make a porridge for kids with sugar which helps them to gain weight.
How to get coconut milk from fresh coconut.
Use 1/2 of a fresh coconut and grind this fresh grated coconut in a mixxie to form a paste.seive this paste and collect the milk(this is thick enough and called as 1st milk).
Add luke warm water to the seived coconut and grind again.Seive for the 2nd time and you get the medium consistency coconut milk and called as 2 nd milk.
Again add luke warm water to the seived coconut and grind again for 30 sec.Strain again this and you will get thin coconut milk called as 3rd milk.
Have a Happy Navaratri festival those who are celebrating.