If you are trying to do away with dairy and reducing your grain consumption; but you still want a paal paayasam (Southern Indian milk-rice pudding) fix, this is a recipe for you.
Stuff you need:
3/4 of a can Coconut milk, rich creamy (not the stuff you get in cartons).
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cardamom pod
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real stuff not fake)
Stevia to taste (remember stevia is pretty sweet, so taste as you add).
What to do:
Take a clean glass bottle with a lid
Pour the coconut milk into the bottle
Add the chia seeds a little at a time and stir around. (They tend to clump easily. If this happens, you can fish the clumps out and break them up with a spoon).
Break the cardamom pod and crush the cardamom "seeds"
Add the teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mixture.
Add this to the bottle.
Add stevia to taste
Close the lid and shake well. Really well.
Check to see if you have chia seed clumps.
Put it in the fridge for about two hours.
Enjoy your "paal payasam"!
Garnish with cashews, almonds, coconut flakes or saffron.
So next festival that calls for paal paayasam, you have a healthy option!
No pictures, sorry. Apparently I have exceeded Google's quota on pictures. So unless I figure out how to link pictures from a Flickr account, there will be no pictures in this blog!
- Inspired by chia seed pudding recipe: http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2013/01/22/coconut-almond-chia-seed-pudding/
- Native Forest's organic coconut milk (http://www.edwardandsons.com/native_shop_coconut.itml) comes in BPA free cans and is awesome!
- Chia seeds have Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA). Here is more on Chia seeds and its nutritional benefits.
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