Kadalai Mavu Payasam | Besan Kheer- Payasam made of rich, creamy milk and roasted chickpea ( besan ) flour. A unique and tasty kheer for any festive occasions. So in this Diwali, impress your guests with this unique Besan kheer.
Come any festival, a sweetmeat is a must in any South Indian house. Since we have so many festivals and each has a mandatory custom of offering to God, some sweet or the other will be made on a frequent basis. For such occasions, I prefer making Payasams over other sweet dishes. Today's recipe is one variety made with Gram flour (Besan). The flour gives a nice rich texture and a nutty flavour. A simple low-fat recipe that is super delicious.
Things to keep in mind while preparing kadalamavu payasam (besan kheer)
- Never add the gram flour (besan) directly in the milk. It will become a disaster. Always, mix besan by adding water or cold milk in small batches and mix it well. Use your hand to mix well.
- Inspite of the above measure, it may still form lumps. So, when adding the besan & almond mixture, keep the flame on low and keep stirring it frequently. Pour the besam nixture in a saucepan and then light the stove.
- The same goes for almond flour or almond paste. It clumps easily giving the dish an undesired texture and taste.
Enjoy the Besan Kheer Vegan :
If you are a vegan, you can still make this recipe. Substitute milk with almond milk & skip ghee and dry roast the flour. Even though ghee gives a good aroma, you can use it without as well.
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Chickpea flour or Besan
Besan is not exactly chickpea flour but for those living in places where besan is hard to get, go ahead and substitute with chickpea flour. You can use it in the same proportion.
Besan is often used in Indian cuisine. From savoury to sweets, Besan or gram flour or chickpea flour has multiple uses.
- Used as a thickening agent in gravies like Kadhi, gothsu etc... It is a gluten-free ingredient.
- It is used to make Indian fritters like Pakoras and bhajis.
- We add curd/ yogurt to many gravies. In order to prevent the curd from curdling, mix it with a teaspoon of besan and then add that.
More Besan | Chickpea flour Indian recipes
A variety of payasam made with roasted chickpea flour (beasn) and rich, creamy milk. Garnished with cashews and served chilled.
- 1tablespoonghee (Indian clarified butter)
- 3tablespoonskadalai Mavu (besan) | chickpea flour
- 2.5cupsmilk, divided
- 1/3 to 1/2cupsugar, depends on your taste
- 1/4teaspooncardamom powder
- 2tablespoonsbroken cashews (roasted & unsalted)
- 1tablespoonsliced pistachios
- 1tablespooncondensed milkoptional, reduce the sugar
- a pinch of salt (optional)
- a pinch of saffron (optional)
Boil the milk in a saucepan and keep it warm.
If cashews are not roasted, roast them in a teaspoon of ghee.
Soaking almonds: Soak almonds in hot water for about 15 minutes. Then remove the skin and grind it to a smooth paste. You can use little water or milk to grind it.
Roasting Gram flour: Roast the gram flour in ghee until it starts changing colour (for about 3 - 4 minutes) and the flour emits a nice aroma. Let it cool completely.
Making besan and almond paste: Then add half cup of milk to the gram flour and mix it well. Whisk until it is a smooth paste without any lumps.
Now mix the ground almond paste to it. Once again, stir well to ensure no lumps.
Pour this mixture into a heavy bottomed pan and keep stirring continuously on a low flame for about 6 to 7 minutes. The mixture will thicken further and quickly starts forming lumps if you don't stir..
Once the raw smell of the gram flour goes off completely, add sugar. Mix well. Then add the boiled milk in batches and both condensed milk & saffron (if using). Keep it on the flame for another 5 minutes and turn off or just until sugar dissolves completely.
Add the roasted cashews, pistachios and cardamom powder and salt.
Serving: Refrigerate and serve chill.
- Besan is used as a thickening agent in the Indian cuisine and it thickens quickly. Hence very less amount is sufficient.
- Also, you need to keep stirring it frequently to prevent it from getting burnt in the bottom. It forms lumps easily. Hence mixing it in water before adding milk is important.
- Even then there are chances of lumps forming in the payasam. If that happens, before adding the cashews, give a quick pulse in the mixer or in a blender. A quick one is enough.
- I love adding salt in payasam. It really helps in elevating the taste to the next level.
- If you are a vegan, you can still make this recipe. Substitute milk with almond milk & ghee with coconut oil or use vegan ghee or butter or . The fat helps in roasting the flour. Even though ghee gives a good aroma, you can use it without as well.