Broken Wheat Payasam / Nurukku Gothambu Payasam

Broken Wheat Payasam / Nurukku Gothambu Payasam

In Kerala most of the joyous occasions, be it birthday, festival, passing exams, marriages, all of them are celebrated with a serving of the traditional dessert payasam. I have a long list of payasam varities which are made in Kerala households.

Broken wheat payasam is my family’s favorite. Whenever I prepare this dessert, the cooker gets emptied very fast. So, I always prepare it double batch so that everyone can have to their heart’s content. The combination of broken wheat, jaggery and coconut milk with a topping of cardamom powder, ghee fried nuts and raisins gives it the unique taste.

In Kerala, I have seen this payasam been served only in marriages as an additional one, along with cheruparippu payasam and palada. Broken wheat comes in different varieties, coarse, fine and superfine, the type of broken wheat I have used here is the coarse or large grain sized one.

Step by step instructions with images

Wash the measured broken wheat thoroughly and soak for 20 minutes.

Crush jaggery

Prepare jaggery syrup by adding crushed jaggery and half a cup of water into a heavy bottomed pan and let it boil and simmer for a while so that the jaggery dissolves completely.

Strain the syrup as usually jaggery contains some impurities.

Extract thick milk from grated coconut first grinding it in a mixie with a cup of water and then thin coconut milk with another 2 cups of water.

In a pressure cooker add water and soaked broken wheat and cook on high flame for 3 whistles.

Once the pressure releases, fluff up the cooked broken wheat using the back of the handle of long steel spoon.

Pour ghee into the cooker and stir occasionally making sure that the contents at the bottom does not get burned. Continue stirring for 5 minutes.

Now add the jaggery syrup and repeat stirring for another 5 minutes.

Next add thin coconut milk and allow to boil two minutes.

Next add thick coconut milk and as boiling starts switch off the flame.

Sprinkle the cardamom powder on the top and stir lightly.

In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee and fry cashews till slight brown and raisins till it puffs up.

Garnish the hot payasam with fried cashes and raisins.

Broken wheat payasam

A traditional Kerala dessert with the goodness of wheat, jaggery and coconut milk
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Broken wheat
  • 5 cups Water
  • 500 gm Jaggery
  • 1 cup Thick coconut milk
  • 3 cups Thin coconut milk
  • ½ cup Ghee (plus 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon each Cashews & Raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed cardamom (Microwave a few cardamom pods for 30 seconds to remove moisture and grind it along with a teaspoon of sugar and store in tight jar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash the measured broken wheat thoroughly and soak for 20minutes.
  • Crush jaggery
  • Prepare jaggery syrup by adding crushed jaggery and half a cup of water into a heavy bottomed pan and let it boil and simmer for a while so that the jaggery dissolves completely.
  • Strain the syrup as usually jaggery contains some impurities.
  • Extract thick milk from grated coconut first grinding it in a mixie with a cup of water and then thin coconut milk with another 2 cups of water.
  • In a pressure cooker add water and soaked broken wheat and cook on high flame for 3 whistles.
  • Once the pressure releases, fluff up the cooked broken wheat using the back of the handle of long steel spoon.
  • Pour ghee into the cooker and stir occasionally making sure that the contents at the bottom does not get burned. Continue stirring for 5minutes.
  • Now add the jaggery syrup and repeat stirring for another 5minutes.
  • Next add thin coconut milk and allow to boil two minutes.
  • Next add thick coconut milk and as boiling starts switch off the flame.
  • Sprinkle the cardamom powder on the top and stir lightly.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee and fry cashews till slight brown and raisins till it puffs up.
  • Garnish the hot payasam with fried cashes and raisins.
Keyword Broken wheat, Kerala dessert, Nurukku gothambu, Payasam



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