Monday, February 16, 2009

Kaddu Ka Kheer(greengourd dessert)/Anapakaya Payasam

This is a dessert that is readily served in most homes and hotels in Hyderabad and here the humble lauki is known as Kaddu, whether you like it as a vegetable or not you are almost gonna like this kheer.The dish is also known as gul-e-firdaus.It is cooling for the body and my mom always made it during summer and almost on every festive occasion.

Ingredients:one medium lauki/anapakaya/green gourd
one cup sugar or more
1tbsp sago pearls/sabudana
three cups milk
powdered elaichi/cardamom
3 tbsp ghee/clarified butter

procedure: Grate the lauki after removing seeds and peeling skin.Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan and add the grated lauki and keep stirring till the lauki turns transparent and cooked add sugar and let it cook for some more time keep stirring or it will burn.Cool the lauki and meanwhile boil milk add the sago pearls after washing them.Boil till the sago pearls are cooked and let it cool.Mix the lauki in the cool milk and now return the pan to the stove again.Add the powdered elaichi and let it simmer for some time.This dessert is served cold hence keep it in refrigerator to cool.

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