Apple Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls) Vermicelli (Sevaiyan) Kheer (Payasam) With Saffron (Kesar) And Slivered Almonds (Badam) ..... A Delicious Dessert I made as Naivedyam to Celebrate Vijaya Dashami ~ Dussehra ....... Sharing With All My Friends Here ........ Enjoy and Stay Blessed ......
Kheer / Doodh Pak is a simple yet delicious sweet payasam sort of dish prepared during festivals and served after Naivedyam to God. This is a dish cooked in milk or sometimes even in coconut milk with a combination or as it is with many ingredients like Rice, Sabudana (Tapioca pearls), Vermicelli (Sevaiyan) etc. Addition of fruits to the same is sort of new invention learnt by the modern generation cooking trends. Traditional dishes with a little bit of change is always welcome to youngsters nowadays. They are always looking out for some change or the other. So in order to keep up or make the children have the fruits and vegetables without making a fuss, parents have to crack their brains and come up with new forms of introducing them into the dishes while seeing to it that they keep it healthy and also traditional. I have already posted a Kheer / Doodh Pak prepared with rice and sabudana here before. So also a dish prepared only with Vermicelli and another one with only apples too. This dish is also on similar lines except the ingredients are different while only sabudana remains. Do try this kheer out and enjoy the goodness of apples that are added in to the Kheer. Yummy…… there goes my diet for a toss.
Soak ½ cup of large sized variety sabudana in a large bowl adding about 3-4 cups of water. Leave this covered aside for about 2 hours. Drain off the water completely and leave it aside to swell on its own for another 2-3 hours. You can prepare this in advance and keep it in the fridge and use as and when necessary. It remains good for 2-3 days. Sabudana should swell properly and look like small white pearls for you to get the best spongy effect. So soaking and resting period is very important. You may add in the sabudana directly but the effect will not be the same as the soaked one. Immediately cooked one;s will not give you the above softness sometimes. But you are free to choose whichever method that suits you.
Add half a litre of full fat milk in a thick bottomed vessel and bring to a boil. You can also use skimmed milk if you wish. Once the milk comes to full boil let it simmer for 5 minutes. Keep it simmering aside while you go ahead with the remaining preparations. In a thick bottomed kadai add in 1 tsp of ghee and bring to heat. When hot, lower the heat and add 1 cup of vermicelli and fry till evenly browned. Once evenly browned add in the prepared sabudana and fry for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Now add in the simmering milk and ½ tsp of saffron strands and bring all to a boil on medium heat. Keep stirring to avoid the ingredients from getting burnt at the bottom. Once it comes to boil, lower the heat and cook till almost done. The sabudana will swell and get a mirror finish look, while the vermicelli also will thicken up. If the kheer is too thick in texture add in some hot water and mix well.
Remove the outer skin of one large sized apple or 2 smaller ones and cut them into medium sized slices or cubes. Add this to the almost cooked sabudana ~ vermicelli mixture and mix well. Let cook for 5 minutes. Apples should not be overcooked. Now add 2 cups of sugar (plus or minus as per individual tate) and mix well. Let simmer for 2 minutes or till the sugar gets melted. Now add in half a cup of slivered almonds and ½ tsp of cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from fire and keep this aside covered for few minutes.
Apple Sabudana Vermicelli Kheer is ready to be offered to God as Naivedyam. Go ahead and enjoy the prasadam / payasam after the Pooja with family and friends. This is a lovely dish which will be definitely loved by Young and Old alike. Serve this hot or cold as per your liking. But my suggestion would be to serve it hot as this kheer taste awesome when served hot. You can serve this after the meal as a dessert too, whichever way you prefer but stay assured children will simply love this dish with the crunchiness of apples.
** For the Doodh Pak Kheer with Rice and Sabudana Recipe, Please follow the link given below ..........