CARROT & APPLE MILLET PAYASAM - Celebrating Aadi Festival

Worshipping Goddess and her different forms during the month of Aadi can instill positive vibrations effective for creating  happiness and also brings about health, wealth and prosperity in life.

This is a special annual opprtunity to establish a closer link with the Divine feminine on these Aadi Fridays that are to follow. Celebrate with this Millet Payasam/ Kheer and be blessed with her grace.

My MIL is an expert in developing new recipes that are quick to prepare. She has an accurate judgment of recipe outcome  that turns out to be extremely delicious even during first trials.I have succeeded many times following her measurements that has won me praises among many. This Millet Payasam is one such example. 

Here goes her recipe. 

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Recipe Level : Easy
Recipe Category: Sweet, Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
Recipe Source : MIL

1 Red delicious Apple- peeled and grated
1/2  Carrot - peeled and grated
4 cups Full cream milk/ Whole milk
1 heaped tbsp Kodo millet (Varagu)
1 heaped tbsp Barnyard millet ( Kuthiraivaali)
4 tbsp raw sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp ghee
Cashew nuts and raisins for garnish
1 1/2 cup Water
A pinch of salt

  • Powder Kodo and Barnyard millet coarsely in a mixer grinder. Disperse the flour in a thick bottomed vessel with 1 cup water. Add a pinch of salt and cook on stove top until it becomes soft .
  • Add the grated carrot and Apple to the cooked millet and add the remaining half cup water, milk, sugar and continue to cook until it thickens.
  • Add cardamom powder and bring it to a rolling boil. Switch off. Fry cashew nuts and raisins in 2 tbsp ghee and add it to the Payasam. Garnish with cardamom powder and saffron strands.
  • Offer it to the Deity and then serve.


  • This Payasam was not too sweet. I preferred to keep it minimum  as the Apple and Carrot were sweet. Increase the quantity if you prefer.
  • The sugar can also be replaced with 1/4 cup of condensed milk.

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