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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chinikayi(Sweet Pumpkin) Payasa

1 medium sized(10 cups of chopped) Tender Sweet Pumpkin / Ele Chinikayi
4.5 - 5 cups of fresh thick Coconut Milk
1.5 - 2 tsp Rice flour / Ground Rice Batter
5 - 6 Cloves / Lavanga
3.5 - 4 cups Jaggary
Pinch of Salt


Peel the sweet pumpkin, remove the inner part, seeds and chop them into medium sized thin pieces as shown in the picture below.

Grind 5 cups of fresh/frozen grated coconut into smooth paste by adding little amount of water. (If it is frozen coconut use hot water while grinding.) Squeeze the ground coconut, by placing it in a clean cotton cloth.

After this process, add around 3-4 cups of water to the squeezed coconut, mix well and squeeze it again. Cook the chopped pumpkin in a vessel by adding this thin coconut milk. Once its cooked, add jaggary, pinch of salt and bring them to boil. Keep this in low/medium flame for about 5 mins.

Take around 1/4 cup of thin coconut milk in a bowl, add rice flour / batter and mix them well. Add this to the vessel containing cooked bottle gourd and bring them to boil. Add thick coconut milk and bring them to boil. Add mashed cloves and keep the Payasa in low flame for about 1-2 mins.

Serve it hot or chilled. The above mentioned ingredients will serve 12-15 cups of Payasa.