Quinoa Kheer / Payasam

 Is there any one who doesn't like payasam / kheer ?? I hope ,my H is the only guy who doesn't like this kinda kheer apart from the normal vermicelli type. Well, my grandma used to make this variety of payasam and I slightly altered her recipe (ingredient) to make it healthier..

 Ingredients :

Quinoa --1/4 cup
Channa dal -- 1/3 cup
Sabudana /Javvarisi -- 1/4 cup
Jaggery -- 1 to 1 1/2 cups (acc to taste)
Cardamom powder -- a pinch

For garnish :
Ghee -- 1 tsp
Cashews -- 2 tbsp , broken
Saara paruppu / Chironji seeds -- 2 tbsp
Raisins -- 1 tbsp

** All these nuts are optional ingredients, use either one of the nuts / raisin.

Method :
  • Wash the quinoa as per the instructions  mentioned in the back of the cover. Soak the quinoa for 15 minutes separately. Soak the channa dal for 15 minutes as well. Wash the sabudana once and add a tbsp or so of water and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Pressure cook the channa dal along with sabudana for 2 whistles. ( U may do this as a stove top process as well . But this will take lots of time to get cooked. Since I used pressure cooker )
  • Cook the quinoa with enough water until they fall flat. Will definitely take 10 to 12 minutes to cook.
  • Transfer the cooked dal + sabudhana mixture to the cooked quinoa . Combine well. Add in the jaggery, cardamom powder  and mix well. Cover the pan 3/4 th so that the jaggery melts and incorporates with the payasam. Bring the payasam to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes and switch off.
  • Heat a frying pan with ghee and fry the nuts / raisins separately toa golden brown colour. Add the nuts mixture to the payasam and serve warm.. 

      Notes / Suggestions :
      • U may also add condensed milk instead of jaggery .
      • Add oats instead of quinoa but do not cook it seperately. Add  oats to the cooked dal mixture and do the remaining process as mentioned.
      • U may also add  dates puree instead of quinoa to have a rich iron supplement.

      Sending this to Signature Recipes event hosting by Saras of Saras's kitchen
      Also sending this to Cook it healthy event happening @ Good food blog , MLAA-- kicking off year 4

      Happy eating guys,


      1. That is one lovely variant for regular payasam.. add my hubby to the list of ppl who dont like payasams.. :)

      2. Wow..thats a delicious and really new payasam...healthy too...Nice clicks..

      3. Somehow my ealier comment didn't go through.
        I love combining ingredients in a kheer and your addition of chana dal and sabudana to quinoa makes it interesting and healthier.

      4. ஆஹா...same pinch ...இன்றைக்கு தான் கினோவில் பாயசம் செய்தேன்...உங்களுடைய பாயசம் ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு...நான் சிம்பிளாக செய்தேன்...உங்கள் செய்முறையில் செய்து பார்க்கிறேன்...நன்றி...

      5. Sollavella, nanga varalama..Supera irruku!!
        Thanks for sharing to event dear.

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      6. Wowww.. Very delicious and lovely combination. .Looks absolutely perfect dear.. Love the presentation too.. Thanks for the recipe.. Yummy :)
        Indian Cuisine

      7. Nice n yummy kheer..looks delicious..:)

      8. healthy payasam....nice presentation!!

      9. Mmmmm...that's a healthy and yummy looking kheer

      10. The kheer looks fabulous and the pictures awesome

      11. this is a perfect dessert...delicious creamy and packed with all the goodness of quinoa seeds.

      12. Great idea, looks fabulous! Lovely presentation :)

      13. சூப்பரா செய்து அசத்திட்டீங்க,உங்க செய்முறை ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு!!

      14. Wowww.. Delicious looking kheer.. Simply inviting dear.

      15. Wow!!! Yummy payasam.....you have added a lot of ingredients into it!!!

      16. wow, that looks absolutely delicious. Love your mugs :)

      17. Unique pasyasam..yummy and delicious,love it

      18. Real feast payasam looks delicious.

      19. Wow!!! looks just too good :) yummy and healthy too :)

        Love the clicks a lot :)


      20. New recipes with quinoa .. bookmarking. Looks good dear.

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      21. A great way to cook n eat the wonder grain ~ I have a big pkt of quinoa lying around in my pantry , most of which will get used in this delicious kheer :)
        US Masala

      22. Too nice a payasam and well presented

      23. Payasam from quinoa??? will wonders never cease...Never know what new, interesting & yummy delicacies will be posted here...This one too is simply fantastic!!!
        Prathima Rao
        Prats Corner

      24. Wow would love to try this yummy recipe:-)
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      25. That looks absolutely delicious, very innovative dessert.

      26. Kheer looks absolutely delicious and sounds healthy too..nice recipe...thanks for sharing!

      27. This sounds so intriguing. Having grown up on smooth puddings, I am learning to enjoy them with little shapes of grain like basmati rice and tapioca. I know I would like this, too.

        Thanks, Shanavi, for your great MLLA recipe!

      28. looks very tempting and i love kheer especially jagger based..




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