4 September 2009

Date Cashewnut Payasam ready in ten minutes

Do you remember the dates stuffed with a cashew in the Diwali gift boxes of yester-years? This payasam is something like that. Something I came up with on spur of the moment to prepare for my baby's 9th month birthday today. Tough to believe that something this simple and quick can taste so good.

Date Cashewnut Payasam

Date-Cashewnut Payasam
Makes 4 servings (small cups)
Time taken - Around 10 minutes

500 ml cow's milk ( I used 3%)
8 dates, deseeded and sliced
10-12 cashews
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cornflour mixed in 1/4th cup cold milk
4 tsp sugar
Pinch of saffron
Garnish - 4 cashews broken into bits, few raisins - sauteed in 1 tsp hot ghee for a minute on low flame till cashews are golden and raisins 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.


Happy cook said...

I have not had payasom for ages, this looks so yumm.

Raaga said...


I have a dabba of that stuff... should do something with it soon.

This payasam is nice... but sadly, I'm not much of a payasam person. The date cashew combo is giving me some idea though.

Happy birthday :)

Jayashree said...

Happy 9 months to your lil one.

Nandita said...

Happy cook -Time to have some then :)

Arundhati - dabba of what? Date paste aa? This wasn't too payasam-like in taste- will it be too silly if i say ' it was different' especially with the saffron chipping in its taste.

Thanks a lot Jayashree

Nandy said...

You've come back with a sweet and simple dish after a long while. Looks good. Will try out soon.

Nandy said...

Hi Nandita, if I don't microwave dates and cashwes, what is the alternative?

Anonymous said...

do u have more of spinach recipes? Is there any link in your blog for all of palak recipes. i mean its round up something like that?...
like how u have WBB round up like that?

Nags said...

that looks so good! i love dates desserts n sweets

Mansi said...

This sounds really good..nice idea of using dates..would love to try it.

gethan said...

I'm in the process of creating a food blog. Stumbled into yours just now. U have got a good collection of recipes. Keep up the good work!!

Life Lessons from a Late Bloomer said...

wow! I have date syrup! can't wait to try this Date payasam. cool recipe! hows the lil boy doin?


nag said...

Hi i want date......

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radha said...

This looks good. My mother used to make a desert with Seethaphal ( custard apple) in a similar manner. And I should try this too!

Kamini said...

I love dates, I love cashews, and I love milk - so this one is sure to taste delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Puspha said...

Looks mouthwatering!!!!!

Anushruti said...

This looks so good! Perfect and healthy for a 9 month infant too.

Anonymous said...

How about using custard powder instead of corn flour?

Spinning Ninny said...

so, glad to have stumbled onto your blog. these recipes look divine.

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