Thursday, April 12, 2012

Besan Kheer(Split Chick Pea Flour Pudding) using Xylitol as Sweetener


Happy Varusha Pirappu, Vishu, Vishuva Sankranti, Poyela Boishakh to all my readers. If you are new to these names and are wondering what it means? This is the name of the New Year celebrated in different regions of India based on the Hindu Solar Calendar.  Kheer , Payasam or pudding is a must on such occasions and this is one of the easiest one to prepare, can be done in a jiffy. Most of the traditional Payasam/Kheer in the Southern parts of India is made with Jaggery and a very few are made with Sugar. This is one such sweet dish which is normally made with sugar and I substituted Xylitol instead of refined sugar. For those of you who are new to Xylitol, it is a low glycemic sweetener, a natural sugar substitute which looks like sugar but has a slight chilling effect when you taste it. One draw back about xylitol is, not every one can digest it. So try it in low quantities and if you can digest it  go ahead in replacing this instead of sugar. However, portion control is critical when using xylitol as a sugar substitute.

Preparation Time – None

Cooking Time – 20 Minutes

Serves – 4


Besan/Split Chick Pea Flour/Kadalai Maavu – 1 Cup

Water – 1 Cup

Milk – 21/2 to 3 Cups

Xylitol – 1/2 Cup(You can replace this with sugar if you want to and increase the quantity depending on your sweetness level)

Safrron – pinch

Clarified butter/Ghee – 1/4 Cup

Nuts – 2 Tbsp


1) Heat a thick bottomed pan and once hot, add the ghee and toast the nuts till slightly golden and keep them aside.

2) Now to the warm ghee add the besan flour and roast till it becomes golden browns and a nice aroma comes.  Make sure to keep stirring the flour to prevent burning.

3) To the roasted flour add water and saffron and with a whisk keep stirring till it becomes a nice thick paste without any lumps and starts thickening.

4) At this stage add half of the milk and simmer till it starts bubbling/boiling and now add the xylitol and stir till it completely dissolves. Now add more milk to the desired thickness and set it aside to cool.

5) Top it with nuts and serve or, refrigerate and serve it chilled topped with the toasted nuts.



Pranjali said...

Wow..very delicious and mouthwatering pudding.Loved it
Nice clicks too

Priti said...

Delish ....wonderful recipe and nice pics

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Never heard of Besan Kheer...looks very yum.
Happy Tamil New Year to you and your family

Shobha said...

First time I am seeing a recipe of besan kheer.worth trying.

Hema said...

Yummy payasam have never tried with besan flour, looks delicious..

Vimitha Anand said...

Very new payasam variety for me... Looks so creamy n inviting

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Mmmm...looks delicious, and healthy too. Happ New Year! :)

Srimathi said...

I have a feeling that I will like the payasam. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

Julie said...

Very delicious kheer,never tasted besan kheer before..yummy!
Happy New Year :-)

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Spice up the Curry said...

this is looking awesome and delicious

radha said...

Never heard of this kheer. But it does look delicous!

Priya dharshini said...

Yum to drink..happy new year...

cookingvarieties said...

hi sensible vegetarian. never seen this before, dont think we have this sold in the restaurant.
i may give this a try someday,with available ingredients. have a nice day

maha said...

Wow delicious..can just imagine the taste..yummy payasam

Sobha Shyam said...

a different n delicious payasam..looks yum, Happy Vishu dear :)

Kalpana Sareesh said...

yummy kheer..

Uma said...

Very colourful. New to me and Never tasted besan flour pudding. Time to give a try. Happy Vishu Dear..

Archana said...

This is absolutely new to me. Never had heard of using the flour knew abt chana dal being used. Love it. Happy New year

Daksha said...

Wow! I like yellow color this type of kheer is new for me.... must try...Happy new year:).

Priya said...

Cant take my eyes from ur super inviting besan kheer..happy new year wishes Sadhana..

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

besan kheer... wow! never heard of that before... looks fantastic. happy vishu to u too :)

Swathi Iyer said...

Sadhana, Happy New year to you and family. You made payasam with besan flour, love it. How it taste, taste like mysore paku or not.

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