Date Cashewnut Payasam ready in ten minutes
A simple payasam naturally sweetened with dates and the flavour from cashews
  • 500ml milkcow’s ( I used 3%)
  • 8 dates, deseeded and sliced
  • 10 – 12 cashews
  • 1/2cup water
  • 1tsp cornflour milkmixed in the cold 1/4cups
  • 4tsps sugar
  • Pinch saffron
Garnish –
  • cashews raisins gheebroken into bits, few – sauteed in (1tsp )hot
  • 4 cashews raisinsfor a minute on low flame till are golden and are puffed.
  1. Keep the milk to boil in a heavy bottomed pan, and then let it simmer for 5 minutes or so.
  2. Meanwhile place the dates and cashews in a glass bowl with 1/2 cup water and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes till the dates are tender. Once cooled, grind this to a fine (or coarse, if you like) paste.
  3. Add the cornstarch slurry to the milk and bring it to a boil. Then add the date-cashew paste, sugar and saffron. Let the mix simmer for 3-5 minutes and the payasam is ready.
  4. I don’t usually add cornstarch to desserts, but I wasn’t sure if the date paste would curdle the milk, while bringing it to a boil, hence the precaution.
  5. Garnish with the cashews and raisins toasted in ghee.
  6. This tastes good both warm and cold.