Bottle gourd Payasum

Ingredients:

  1.     Bottle Gourd – 1.5 kg
  2.     Badam – 10
  3.     Cashew – 30
  4.     Dry grapes – 30
  5.     Milk – 1 litre (try to buy ‘Full cream milk’)
  6.     Ghee – 50 grams
  7.     Cardamom – 5
  8.     Bay leaf – 2
  9.     Clove – 3
  10.     Sugar – 250 grams
  11.     Ghee – 50 ml
  12.     Saffron – just few

Things to be done before we start cooking

  • Peel the skin of bottle gourd. Use a grater and obtain very thin slices.

Now, take a strainer, put in a little of the thin bottle gourd shreds, then squeeze so that water pours down and the paste stays in the strainer.

Remove this paste and keep it in a separate bowl. Repeat the same for the remaining sliced bottle gourd pieces to drain off water.

Steps to Prepare

1

Take a pan, pour in 1 litre of milk, let the milk boil. Keep the flame in full mode.

Let the milk boil for some time and become little thick.

 

2

Place another pan on the burner, turn the flame.

  • Pour in 2 tablespoons of ghee
  • Badam – 10
  • Cashew – 30

Fry the nuts in high flame till they turn light brown. Then let’s turn the flame to low mode and add –

  • Dry grapes – 30

Fry for 10 seconds. Then transfer the fried nuts to a small bowl.

 

3

Place the same pan used in previous step on the burner. Turn on the flame.

Pour in 2 tablespoons of ghee, let the ghee get a little warm.

 

4

Put in the bottle gourd paste and start stirring in low flame for the next 5 minutes.

The bottle gourd will get 75% cooked.

Then take down the pan from burner.

 

5

Place the pan with milk on the burner now, turn on the flame.

Put in –

  • Cardamom – 5 (crush it with fingers and then add)
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Clove – 3

Stir a little and let the milk boil for 2 minutes.

 

6

Now let’s put 250 grams of sugar into the milk (we can put in 200g or 300g of sugar as per our need).

Stir well to dissolve sugar.

 

7

Let’s add the half cooked bitter gourd (prepared in step 4) into the milk. Stir for 2 minutes.

If needed, we can sprinkle a little of saffron, stir for 5 seconds.

 

8

Now, lets add the fried nuts (prepared in step 2) to the milk.

Stir for 10 seconds.

 

Our payasum is ready.

 

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