Wow its Tuesday again lets make it sweet. Yes I mean let’s make a dessert this time. Its been quite some time I posted any sweet dish, so its a good time. This one is a dessert yet mild, that’s what I love about this Moong dal kheer. Another reason why I made this kheer is my son was in “Mumma no dal” mode for a few days so I thought of trying this way to feed him some dal.
The Moong dal kheer/ Payasam is originally from the south of India and is specially popular in Tamilnadu and Kerala. Payasam is a Tamil , Telagu and Malyalam word for kheer or rice pudding. So many variations of this recipe exist just like all other Indian recipes, but this one is pretty common in my kitchen.
Again the recipe is pretty simple just like other kheers, all you need is some patience and you will nail it for sure. This Moong dal kheer has a coarse texture and nice light yellow color from the dal. The dal Needs to be soaked and cooked, we don’t want it to be mushy that’s why we don’t use pressure cooker for this. In fact to be honest I never tried cooker and may be I will next time, but obtaining the right consistency can be tricky while using pressure cooker.
This is a pretty simple recipe and equally forgiving , I have added coconut milk to it you may skip it if you want, I coarsely ground the dal but again its up to you might just want to keep it thicker and just mash it a bit with spatula, I have used sugar here in the recipe but even jaggery should give nice results as well you may wanna add it. Also you may want to add nuts powdered or just omit them if serving kids.So lets jump to the recipe
Recipe for Moong Dal Kheer /Payasam (Yellow lentil pudding)
Yellow Moong dal soaked -2 cups
Milk whole : 1 Ltr
Coconut Milk- 250 Ml
Sugar- 1/2 -3/4 cup or to taste
Cinnamon: 1/2 Inch Stick
Green Cardamom: 2-3
Water – 2 cups
Nutmeg powder- 1/4 tsp
- Heat Ghee in a pan and add cinnamon and cardamom to it.
- Drain water from soaked Split yellow Moong dal and add to the medium hot ghee and saute for 4-5 minutes.
- Add water and cover the dal and let it cook for at least 7-10 minutes or until you are able to mash the grains between fingers.
- In another pot boil milk and add coconut milk to it.
- Once the dal is cooked add sugar and cook for another 2-3 minutes till its melted.
- Now coarsely blend the dal and add to the boiling milk .
- Let it boil for 10-15 minutes or till the desired consistency is reached.
- Add the chopped almonds (you may also saute them in ghee)
- You may serve it hot or chilled it tastes nice either ways.