Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Karjura(Date) Payasa

Dates are valuable as medicine for their tonic effect. It is easily digested; they are very useful for supplying energy and repairing waste. Milk in which clean and fresh dates have been boiled is a very nourishing and restorative drink to children and adults alike, especially during convalescence.

The nicotinic content in dates is an excellent remedy for intestinal disturbances. The date is a laxative food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into fine syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect.

Dates are also an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. In such cases, drinking water in which fresh dates have been rubbed or soaked will bring quick relief.

We had been to my Sis-In-Law place few days back. She prepared Karjura(Date) Payasa for us.
Since then I just love karjura payasa. Simple to prepare yet very tasty. So here is the recipe for it.

You need to have

1 cup Dates, deseeded
1 cup Coconut Milk,
10-15 Nuts,
10-15 raisins
½ - ¾ cup Jaggery (Adjust acc to taste)
¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
1 tbs ghee

Chop dates into small bite size pieces and cook them for 8 minutes in water till they become soft. Drain the remaining water and keep it aside.

Cool these cooked dates before grinding them to rough, coarse paste without adding any water.
Take ½ cup of water in heavy bottomed pan and add this date mixture to it.To this add thin coconut milk, jaggery and keep stirring in medium heat.

Fry cashew nuts,raisins in ghee till golden brown.

When payasa starts boiling add cardamom powder , cashew nuts and raisins and cook further for 2-3 minutes.

(My sis-in-law dipped vanilla stem which was grown in her back yard at this point of time to give nice aroma to payasa.Even I used it. if your using it you need to take it out while serving)

Serve it hot or chilled and enjoy.

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