Wheat Sweet Pudding (Gova Payasu)

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At home and at functions, Konkanis prepare variety of puddings/payasam and this wheat pudding (Gova payasu) also is one among them. It is prepared with the broken wheat available in the market. This particular payasam is prepared for some religious functions where we have it with rice vada, another pooja item.

What you need to have:

1. Broken wheat – 1 cup

2. Jaggery – 2 cups (or as per taste)

3. Cashews – 25-30

4. Coconut milk (thick) – 3 cups

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Ingredients of wheat pudding

Ingredients for wet grinding:

1. Raw rice – 4 teaspoons

2. Grated fresh coconut – 6 teaspoons

3. Cashews – 10 (out of 30)

4. Cardamom – 15

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash broken wheat and drain water completely. Place a wide skillet with 2-3 teaspoons of pure ghee in it on medium flame. Add broken wheat to it keep stiring and fry it till you get a pleasant aroma. Make sure you do not burn it though.

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Broken wheat being fried in pure ghee

2. Grate coconut, chop jaggery fine and peal cardamom and keep it aside. Fried broken wheat and chopped jaggery.

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Fried broken wheat & chopped jaggery

3. Cook fried broken wheat in the cooker adding 6 cups of water till it is smooth. Cooked broken wheat is shown in the image below.

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Cooked Broken Wheat

4. Soak raw rice and a few cashews in water for about an hour. Add pealed cardamom and coconut from step 2 to it and grind it in the wet grinder to a fine consistency adding water in steps.

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Ground raw rice coconut & cashew mix

5. Place a wide bowl on the flame with 3 cups of water in it. On boiling add crushed jaggery from step 2 to it and bring it to boil. Strain it immediately to get rid of any impurities.

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Crushed jaggery being cooked

6. Add ground Rice -coconut mix from step-3 to it and bring it to boil stiring continuously to avoid it from getting burnt.

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Ground rice & coconut mix being cooked with jaggery

7. When the mixture is cooked adding sufficient water to it, add cooked broken wheat from step 3 to it and keep stiring and bring it to boil.

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Cooked Broken wheat being added

8. Finally add coconut milk to it and bring it to boil on low flame stiring continuously till done.

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Coconut milk being added to the pudding

9. Place a spatula with 2-3 teaspoons of pure ghee in it . On heating add broken cashews and fry it till it is light brown. Finally when the pudding is done just decorate it with fried cashews.

Serve either hot or chilled.

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Ready to serve wheat payasam

How long it takes: 60 minutes

Number of servings: 6-8


12 thoughts on “Wheat Sweet Pudding (Gova Payasu)

    mallugirl said:
    November 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    hi, we make a similar one with whole skinned wheat and broken wheat. yummy and yet kind of nutritious, right?:)

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Mallugirl,

      This pudding tastes great and unique and nutritious as you say. Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy and we all love it very much.

    Madhu said:
    November 2, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    We love godi payasa, like the addition of coconut milk make it more richer.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 3, 2009 at 7:07 am

      Hi Madhu,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    Anjali said:
    November 3, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Have made this earlier,one of my all time fav paaysu. You can even make dosa out of this broken wheat, it tastes good with honey. It could be a good alternative for chapathis.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      I know but donot have an authenticated recipe. If you have one please share if you donot mind.

    Anjali said:
    November 4, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Here it goes:
    Soak about 2 cups of broken wheat in water for half-an hour only(Soaking for more than that would make the wheat too soft and soggy). Then grind the broken wheat adding water in steps,the consistency of the batter should be like the one you make for plain/sada dosa. There is no need to ferment it overnight and can be poured in the griddle instantly.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      Thanx a lot for ur recipe. Can be it be ground in the grinder or mixer???????

    Anjali said:
    November 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    One can use either. Since broken wheat is a lil hard,I soak it for half an hour and then grind in the mixer(I don’t have a grinder as of yet).But if you are using the grinder,there is no need to soak.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 4, 2009 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      My mom is here and she said that if one is to grind in the grinder , then need not soak at all as you said. So thans , and will try it oout later on. Bye for now.

      Your loving aunty

    Viji said:
    December 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Hi All,

    If you guys know gova based sweets.. Please share it.

    Thanks in advance.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

      Hi Viji,

      Do u mean to say Guava fruit??????Please reply.

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