Entry for JFI - Rice Pudding with Mango/Mamidi Payasam
Firstly, Thank you all for checking on me. Feeling much better now. This one is entry to Indira's Jihva for Ingredients. This one allows the host to pick one ingredient which needs to be used and Indira chose "Mango" , I got very excited and thought there are so many things I could make with it!!! I was soooo wrong. :). I kept thinking and looking for what I could make. Days passed but could not zero down a recipe. Finally, I told my self I will go into the kitchen, opened the fridge and will start making SOMETHING, just thinking wont help at all. So, I am in my kitchen in front of the fridge, looking, and the first thing I see is un-opened can of milk and I remembered reading some where about Mango Pudding, using condensed milk and half and half. And I thought I will make my version of Mango Payasam. Here is how I made it.
Ingredients Basmati Rice - 1/2 Cup Milk - 3 Cups Sugar - Sufficient enough for your taste Mango Puree - 1 cup Cardamom - 3 Method Crack the rice my blending it in a blender for a couple of minutes. Heal the milk in a thick bottemed vessel. Once the milk is hot, add the rice and let cook on low heat setting. It will take about 30-45 minutes for it cook. Add sugar, and mix well and leave for 10 more minutes. Add the mango puree and crushed cardamom, mix well. Cook for 10 more minutes. The result is a pale yellow, beautiful looking Mango Payasam. You could some dry fruits to the payasam, but I did not want the mango flavor to mix with the dry fruits. The rasins on the top are purely for decorative purposes. It tasted so very different and amazingly tasty. We had friends who dropped in. I asked them to eat see if they can figure out what it is. They really liked it but could not point out mango. :) But I thought that mango flavor was very dominating, but then ofcourse, I made it.