Friday, April 8, 2011

Carrot Payasa / Kheer

A special meal cannot be complete without a sweet. And to make it light and simple, what is better than a payasa or kheer? And especially if it involves fresh carrots as the main ingredients, no one can say no to it! Carrots make it as the best veggie to be used in sweets, due to their lovely sweet taste and flavor.

And this one is easy to prepare too... just a few minutes of preparation and out comes a lovely, colorful payasa. This one is my MIL’s recipe and I just love it....

Carrot Payasa

Preparation time : 10 min
Cooking time : 15 min
Serves : 5-6

Carrots - 2, medium sized
Milk - ½ liter
Sugar - ½ to ¾ cup, adjust according to your taste
Ghee - 2 tsp
Raisins - 10 - 12
Cashews - 10 - 12
Almonds - 5-6
Saffron - a few strands

• Wash, peel and grate carrots; it can also be thinly sliced
• In a heavy bottomed pan, heat 1 tsp of ghee and add raisins and half the cashews; once done transfer it to a small bowl for garnishing later
• Add the remaining ghee and add sliced or grated carrots and sauté till soft. You can cover the lid, to speed up the process. But make sure it is not charred, by stirring it frequently
• Towards the end, add the almonds and the remaining cashews and sauté
• Once carrots are cooked soft, allow to cool and blend it to a puree in a blender; add milk if needed
• Meanwhile bring the milk to boil and once done, transfer the carrot puree and sir
• Add sugar and continue stirring till it starts boiling
• Garnish with the prepared cashews and raisins and a few saffron strands
• Serve hot, warm or chilled.

Tips n Tricks:
• If the puree is not smooth enough, strain it through a strainer before adding to the milk


  1. Carrot kheer looks colorful and yummy!

  2. Wow! Very tasty and flavorful kheer. Drooling here.....pass me a bowl.

  3. Kheer looks so inviting and colour ful...

  4. This looks so delicious. Love the color.

  5. A delightful dessert- the color is lovely!

    US Masala

  6. Delicious and great looking kheer..

  7. Kheer looks so rich and decadent..nice and unique recipe..thanks for sharing!

  8. wow...payasam looks just so good...I'm drooling over these pics !

  9. can i store it in refrigerator for a day???

    1. Yes, you can... for a day or two. And it tastes better the next day, btw!


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