Maharashtrian Gavachi Kheer/ Whole Wheat Payasam
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup whole wheat
  • 2 tbsp basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 5 cashew nuts, split
  • 8-10 raisins
  • 3 cups low fat milk
  • A pinch of cardamom
  • ¼ cup grated jaggery (add more for sweetness)
  1. Wash the whole wheat well and soak it overnight or for around 8 hours. Drain and grind into a coarse paste adding very little water.
  2. Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes.
  3. In a pressure cooker, heat ghee. Fry the cashews briefly and then the raisins till puffed.
  4. Add the ground wheat paste and saute till a lovely aroma comes.
  5. Add the drained rice and saute for a couple of minutes.
  6. Now add the milk and the cardamom and give a good mix.
  7. Close the pressure cooker and cook on medium flame till one whistle. Reduce to minimum and cook for another 10 minutes. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  8. Open the lid and add in the jaggery. The jaggery will melt in the heat of the kheer.
  9. Do not cook this again as the jaggery will cause the milk to curdle.
  10. Serve warm or cold - both taste equally good!
As the kheer sits, it tends to thicken. Add warm milk or water to loosen it up and serve.
If you forget to soak the whole wheat overnight, then soak it in really hot water, in a bowl with a tight lid for around 3 hours. This method would work for all peas that needs soaking before cooking.
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