Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Varagu kasa kasa payasam(kodo millet poppy seeds kheer)

First and foremostly happy pongal to all my friends!!!It's millets everywhere and all are posting many recipes on millets .though I have been using millets for more than two years now ,I still didn't post many recipes of millets and hence this pongal seems to be an apt occasion for a millet recipe.My mom used to make kasa kasa payasam and we used to like it a lot and kasa kasa or poppy seeds has a lot of health benefits too.So this recipe is a modification of the kasa kasa(poppy seeds ) payasam as I have added varagu or kodo millet to this payasam ,adding more goodness to the dish.It is very healthy and rich in taste and texture.

Preparation time:45 mins


Kasa kasa or Poppy seeds-2 tbsp
Varagu or kodo millet-2 tbsp
Coconut(grated)-2 tbsp
Milk-1/2 Litre 
Sugar-1/4 cup
Cardamom powder-1 tsp
Ghee-1 tbsp


1.Soak poppy seeds,varagu ,4 cashews,almonds for half an hour and grind it along with coconut to a fine paste.

2.Boil half liter of milk till it reduces to half of its quantity .

3.Add the ground paste and sugar and allow it boils in low flame for another 8 mins till it thickens.

4.Add the cardamom powder and switch off the flame.

5.Heat ghee in a pan and add the remaining cashews and raisins and roast them till golden brown and add it to the payasam.Serve hot or cold.

* Increase the sugar quantity if you want it very sweet.
*Addition of almonds adds a nice flavour to the kheer so don't avoid it.
*You can replace sugar with jaggery but strain it and cool the jaggery dissolved in water before adding it to the milk.otherwise milk might curdle.
*Instead of coconut you can also add 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
*If the payasam thickens then add hot milk just before serving.


  1. Very interesting, I agree that is been raining millet all the way and this payasam - simply loved.

  2. A new & interesting to try.

  3. Very tempting and new recipe. It looks so yummy. I would love to try. :)

  4. Nice twist to usual kasakasa payasam...sounds interesting...