Today's recipe is gothambu payasam or cracked wheat payasam.It is a dessert made with winning combo..wheat,jaggery,ghee and coconut milk:). When ever it is celebration time like Vishu or Onam,I plan different types of desserts but end up making semiya payasam, because its my favorite and is real quick :)
But recently cracked wheat payasam has gained importance in my list of delicious desserts.I had this payasam only twice and I love its taste.My mom makes certain snacks(nalumani palaharam) which combines wheat flour and jaggery. So I never had a doubt about the success of this recipe.It is a humble version of the rich ada pradhamam, yet its taste is irresistible.Try this,you will surely love it.
Cracked wheat/nurukku gothambu- 1 cup
Jaggery ( powdered)- 2 1/2 cup
(Adjust according to sweetness you prefer)
Coconut milk thick- 1 cup
Coconut milk thin- 2 cup
Cardamon crushed- 5-6
Raisins and cashew nuts- a few
Ghee- 3 tsp
Wash cracked wheat nicely and cook but adding one liter of water.Cook in medium flame for around twenty minutes till it is soft. Drain out the excess water. If possible pour a little more fresh water and strain once again.
Tip: I have noticed that cooking with lot of water and straining reduces the wheat starch smell and also prevents sticking with each other.
Add jaggery in a heavy bottom pan and add 1 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.Strain the impurities and bring it back to boil. Allow this to reduce and become a thick syrup. Add the cooked cracked wheat/gothambu and keep on stirring till jaggery is completely reduced. Add half of the ghee at this stage to prevent sticking in the bottom of the pan. Add thin coconut milk and allow to cook and stirring in between for five to six minutes. Add crushed cardamon and finally the thick coconut milk. Simmer in low flame for two minute. Do not allow to boil.
Heat ghee in a separate pan and fry cashew nuts and when it changes color add raisins and fry for a few seconds. Add this to the payasam and mix.
Hope you will all enjoy