Ari Sharkara Payasam
Ari sharkara payasam is quick and simple dessert/pudding. This payasam is made with rice, coconut milk,ghee and jaggery/molasses. It is similar to temple payasam and arachuvitta payasam. It has thicker consistency than regular payasam. Try this you will surely love it.Ingredients
Raw red rice/payasam rice- 1 cup
Jaggery ( powdered)-1 1/2 cup
(Adjust according to sweetness you prefer)
Coconut milk thick- 1 1/2 cup
Coconut milk thin- 2 1/2 cup
Cardamom crushed- 5-6
Banana/cheru pazham-1 mashed (optional)
Sliced coconut- 2 tbs
Raisins and cashew nuts- a few
Ghee- 3 tsp
Wash and soak rice for an hour.In a heavy bottom pan bring one cup of water and jaggery to a boil. Simmer till it is completely dissolved.Strain the impurities and keep aside.
Cook rice with thin coconut milk. ( you can use a pressure cooker to cook the rice). When the rice is cooked and soft pour the jaggery and continue to simmer for 5-6 minutes till the payasam attains a thick consistency. Add cardamom powder and the mashed (or sliced) banana and mix well.Finally pour the thick coconut milk and simmer in low flame for one minute. Do not allow to boil. The payasam will thicken as it cools down.
Heat ghee in a separate pan and fry sliced coconut till it browns up. Saute cashew nuts and raisins for a few seconds. Add this to the payasam and mix.Allow to cool and serve.
Hope you will all enjoy!