Happy Krishna Jayanthi to all!
Krishna …. A character liked by all age groups, adorned worldwide and linked with everybody’s life. Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and his birth is celebrated as Krishna Jayanthi/ Gokulashtami/ Janmashtami .
We all know Krishna is fond of butter, milk, sweets , aval and snacks like seedai, murukku etc. So it is a practice to offer these things as “Nivedyam” on Krishna Jayanthi.
Today I prepared Red Aval Payasam as Gokulashtami Special. Very simple but delicious, healthy desert made with minimum ingredients.
- Red aval – 1/2 cup
- Milk – ½ litre
- Jaggery - ¾ cup
- Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
- Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
- Ghee – 1 to 2 tsp
- Cashews -few
First roast cashews with few drops of ghee until golden brown colour and keep it aside. In the same pan, roast aval till you get a nice aroma, cool it and grind coarsely. Boil milk in a sauce pan, add the ground aval and cook for 5 minutes. In the mean time, powder the jaggery, add a cup of water and melt it and filter the impurities. Add this jiggery syrup to the aval-milk mixture, bring it to a boil . then add coconut, cardamom powder , add the balance ghee and give a nice stir and switch off.
Aval payasam is ready to offer to Lord Krishna!
- You can use raisins and other nuts as you wish.
- I used thick aval for this recipe. If you use thin aval (Silky Aval), then you need not even grind.