Wheat payasam – a delicious, healthy creamy dreamy dessert made with whole wheat berries, sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom. This wheat berry recipe is also called godi huggi, godhumai payasam, gothambu payasam, wheat kheer.
Wheat payasam with jaggery is a delicious dessert that is perfect to make at the upcoming Diwali festival. Foods, especially desserts are the most important aspect of celebrating festivals or any happy occasions.
It is a common tradition to exchange gifts and sweet treats such as laddo, halwa or burfi among friends and families on Diwali.
This time why not treat your friends and family with this healthy, nutritious and guilt-free sweet treat wheat payasam? Even weight watchers don’t feel guilty about relishing this sweet.
Whole wheat kernels have the goodness of iron, proteins and fiber. These grains cook like rice and plump up when completely cooked and it will be a little chewy.
Wheat berries are used to make traditional south Indian desserts such as gavachi kheer, godhumai payasam, godi huggi/godi payasa. The base ingredients wheat berries, jaggery and milk remain the same with little variations in the cooking process and the addition of a couple more ingredients such as poppy seeds and rice.
Kerala style Gothambu payasam recipe is prepared in a pretty similar process but broken wheat also called cracked wheat or godhuma rava is used instead of whole wheat kernels. This broken wheat payasam is one of the mandatory sadya recipes served at the Onam feast along with varieties of vegetable stir fry dishes, sambar, rasam, curries, rice, pickles, chutneys and appalam.
How to prepare wheat payasam?
Soak wheat berries for 8 hours.
Blend soaked wheat berries to a coarse paste.
Fry cashews and raisins in ghee and keep them on a plate over a kitchen towel to use later.
Fry blended wheat berries in ghee.
Combine coconut milk with fried wheat berries and cook on medium-high heat until berries are cooked stirring regularly.
Stir in jaggery.
Mix in cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins.
Enjoy hot and creamy wheat payasam with your family and friends.
Variations and Substitutions
Whole wheat payasam is a versatile dish that can be customised. I’ve made a simple version with few ingredients.
Coarsely ground poppy seeds enhance flavour and taste.
Ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon adds a great flavour.
Ground ginger adds a mild spicy note to payasam.
Fresh coconut pieces or grated dry coconut elevate the coconut flavour and add a lovely texture to the payasam.
You could add more dried fruits such as almonds and pistachios.
A pinch of saffron adds fabulous flavour and aroma to this kheer recipe.
Try adding condensed milk for a rich taste and flavour.
Tips & Tricks
Don’t have enough time to soak? Just wash and cook wheat in an instant pot or in a pressure cooker for 5-6 whistles or until berries are cooked and then grind them to a coarse paste. The rest of the cooking procedure remains the same. Check out how to cook wheat berries in instant pot on the blog.
If you have difficulty in grating or breaking hard jaggery blocks, just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds or until they soften. Soft jaggery is easier to handle.
You can substitute coconut milk with dairy milk. If using dairy milk, do not add jaggery while cooking as it would curdle the milk. Turn off the heat once the wheat is well cooked, let it stand to cool down slightly and then add jaggery.
An alternate option is to make jaggery syrup and add it at the end after turning off the heat. This ensures jaggery blends well with wheat.
Thick coconut milk yields creamy and rich payasam.
To check berries are well cooked, ensure the berry is soft and breaks when pressed between thumb and index fingers. Alternatively, scoop out a few berries and taste it after they've cooled a bit. They should be chewy but not tough.
Do not add jaggery when wheat berries are not cooked completely as berries don't cook further but just absorb the jaggery flavour.
Fridge: Payasam will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days if stored properly in a clean airtight container.
Reheat: Place payasam in a pot and heat over medium flame until piping hot stirring regularly.
Add more milk while cooking if milk is almost absorbed but wheat hasn't yet cooked well.
Adjust jaggery as per your preferred sweetness.
You can substitute regular jaggery with palm jaggery.
Cooking time may vary depending on the type of burner you use.
For the vegan version of wheat kheer, substitute ghee with coconut oil or plant-based butter.
How to make wheat payasam in instant pot?
Soak wheat berries for 8 hours.
Blend soaked wheat berries to a coarse paste.
Plug in an instant pot, press the saute button and add the ghee.
Once the ghee melts and is hot, add cashews, raisins and fry for a minute or two until the raisins swell and the cashews start turning light brown.
Remove the fried cashews and raisins from the pot and keep them on a plate to use later.
Now add coarsely ground wheat and roast for a couple of minutes or until the berries are aromatic.
Press the cancel button.
Add coconut milk, stir well and close the pot with the lid. Move the pressure release valve to the sealing position.
Press the pressure cook/manual button and set the timer to 10 minutes.
Wheat berries, which are the edible part of wheat, offer various health benefits. This is one of the hard whole grains that takes longer to cook than other grains. Whole wheat berries that are cooked have a chewy and soft texture, with a nutty flavor. These berries are regarded as a superfood due to their high fiber and nutrient-dense profile.
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Wheat Pudding (Wheat Berry Pudding)
Wheat payasam – a delicious, healthy creamy dreamy dessert made with whole wheat berries, sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom.
- 1 Deep bottomed pan/Saucepan
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Mixer Grinder
- Wash and soak wheat berries overnight.⅓ cup (or) 75 gms Whole wheat berries
- Discard water and grind it to a coarse mixture.
- In a pan, heat ghee over medium-low heat.3 Tablespoon Ghee
- Fry cashews and raisins until they turn golden brown and raisins plumps up.1.5 Teaspoon (or) 15 gms Cashews, 1.5 Teaspoon (or) 20 gms Raisins
- Transfer them over to a plate.
- Now, fry coarsely ground wheat berries in the ghee for 2-3 minutes.
- Add coconut milk, mix well until well combined.2 cups (or) 500 ml Coconut Milk
- Increase the heat to medium-high flame and cook for 15 minutes stirring regularly.
- Now turn down the heat to the lowest setting, keep stirring continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.
- Cook payasam for further 5-10 minutes or until berries are well cooked.
- Turn off the heat and add jaggery. Mix until well combined.½ cup (or) 75 gms Jaggery
- Finally add cardamom, fried cashews and raisins.½ Teaspoon Crushed Cardamom
- Enjoy hot and creamy wheat payasam with your family and friends.
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