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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.

Wheat payasam – a delicious, healthy creamy dreamy dessert made with whole wheat berries, sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom.
Cook Time25 mins
Soaking Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 3
Author: Geetha Priyanka

Ingredients

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

  • 1/3 cup (75 gms) Wheatberry
  • 1/2 cup (75 gms) Jaggery grated
  • 2 cups (500 ml) Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Cardamom
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1.5 tsp (15 gms) Cashews
  • 1.5 tsp (20 gms) Raisins

Instructions

  • Wash and soak wheat berries overnight.
  • Discard water and grind it to a coarse mixture.
  • In a pan, heat ghee over medium-low heat.
  • Fry cashews and raisins until they turn golden brown and raisins plumps up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finally add cardamom, fried cashews and raisins.
  • Enjoy hot and creamy wheat payasam with your family and friends.

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Notes

Tips & Tricks to make perfect wheat payasam
Don’t have enough time to soak? Just wash and cook wheat in a pressure cooker for 5-6 whistles or until berries are cooked and then grind them to a coarse paste. Follow the rest of the procedure.
If you have difficulty in a 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 wheat is well cooked, let it stand for a cool down slightly and then add jaggery. An alternate option is to make jaggery syrup and add at the end after turning off the heat. This ensures jaggery blending well with wheat.
To check berries are well cooked, ensure 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 well as berries don't cook further but just absorb the jaggery flavour. 
Notes
Ensure to add jaggery after wheat is completely cooked.
Add more milk while cooking if milk is almost absorbed but you suspect wheat hasn't yet cooked well.
Adjust jaggery as per your preferred sweetness.
You can substitute regular jaggery with palm jaggery.
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