Sago payasam recipe
To make 4 cups
Sago – ½ cup
Sugar – ½ cup
Cardamom – 6 pods
Ghee – 2 tablespoons
Cashew nuts – 10, whole
Raisins – 1 tablespoon
Saffron – a pinch, soaked in 2 tablespoons of hot milk; this gives the deep yellow color.
Milk – 1 cup
Method: Heat the vessel and pour in the ghee; when just hot, fry the cashew nuts and raisins separately in it and remove to a plate. Fry the sago next in the hot ghee and remove to another plate. Bring 5 cupfuls of water to the boil. Put in the fried sago, stirring the water while doing so to prevent lumps forming. When the sago has boiled till it looks sticky and has a spongy transparent appearance, add the sugar. Stir constantly till the sugar gets blended into the sago; then pour the two cupfuls of boiled milk and the saffron-soaked milk. Simmer till it becomes semi-thick and remove from the heat. Mix in the fried cashew nuts, raisins, and cardamom powder. Serve hot.
Note: For a more nutritious preparation, boil the sago in 3 cupfuls of water and add 2 cupfuls of milk instead of 1 cup of milk.
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Hi Anon - here is a picture of the pre-cooked sago.Traditional Indian home cooking recipe: Sago payasam