Ragi Semiya Caramel Payasam
Today's recipe is a sweet payasam, a dessert with the goodness of finger millet/ragi.It is a healthy treat for your taste buds.When ever its time for a celebration or festival I make semiya payasam because it is the easiest and also my favorite.I never tried ragi semiya before so was excited to try this payasam for Vishu Sadya. As you know malayalee sadhya is not complete without payasam/dessert served towards the end feast.Ragi semiya caramel payasam is enticing and luscious milk and caramel sugar payasam.
Ragi or finger millet is famous for its nutritional value,it is high in iron and calcium and a good source of fiber. My mom and grandmother always made sure to incorporate ragi to our diet on a weekly basis. My favorite was ragi halwa and ragi puttu. But looking into my blog,I realized that I have rarely posted anything with ragi. Finger millet/ragi is very healthy and if you are looking for some healthy options,try incorporating it in your diet.This payasam is different and tasty.Get your ingredients together and try this recipe,you will surely love it.
Ragi Semiya/Vermicelli- 1 cup
Whole milk-5 cup
Condensed milk- 1/2 tin
Sugar- 1 cup
(adjust according to your taste)
Cashews and raisins- 1/4 cup
Cardamon powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee- 2 tbs
To make caramel add three tbs of sugar in a pan and place on the stove on low medium flame. Allow it to melt. When it starts to melt stir occasionally till all the sugar is melted and it changes color to golden brown. Carefully add 3 tbs of water and allow the syrup to boil. Add one cup of milk and mix the condensed milk. Set this aside.Boil the rest of the milk and set aside.
Heat ghee in a pan and roast cashew nut till golden brown and raisins till they pop up and keep aside.
In the same ghee roast ragi semiya in low flame for two minutes. Allow this to cool a bit and add warm milk and stir occasionally. Allow the semiya to cook. This will take about 3-4 minutes and then add the rest of the sugar, caramel syrup and cardamom powder. When it starts thickening to the desired consistency switch off the flame. Garnish with ghee fried cashew nuts and raisins.
You will surely love it.