Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Godambu Kaachiyathu (A Wheat Based Beverage Tempered with Fried Onions, Cashews and Raisins) and a little News!


This year’s Ramadan has been very busy and all my cycle is completely jumbled up. Late breakfasts, late sleep, early waking up and to add to it, lack of sleep too. I couldn’t keep track of my blog or other blogs and have to wait for few more days to get everything back to routine. For the time being, I will share with you one of my most favourite beverages – Godambu Kaachiyathu or Godambu payasam. This is a very simple recipe, very easy to make and tastes quite delicious. Like Musaara Varakiyathu, this is also prepared by grinding skinned wheat and coconut, sweetened with sugar and then tempering it. Tempering makes it all the difference. The taste of ghee, fried shallots, fried nuts and raisins is simply YUM. I guess pearl barley also should work for this recipe as the recipe asks for grinding wheat.

Godambu Kaachiyathu is normally prepared during Ramadan for Iftars. It’s quite a heavy drink so one cup will keep you feeling full for quite a long time. I sometimes have a cup of this for seheri (Early morning feast taken before fasting) as well. Many of Malabar sweet dishes call for the addition of fried shallots. This may be very unfamiliar to many out there or rather weird. But the fried shallots impart a very special flavour that is unique and aromatic and that goes well with any traditional Malabar sweet preparations. You can omit adding fried onions if you think you would hate it, but I still suggest trying it once. I liked the taste of fried shallots even when I had it for the first time, so I tell you, give it a shot. Else You may just add fried cashews and raisins by omitting shallots. And if you are really health conscious, you can simply omit the tempering part completely. The taste will be compromised, but still, it will taste good. My mom also suggested, that this beverage can be made completely out of cow’s milk without adding coconut. You may try that version if you dislike coconut too. Here are couple of other dishes that we add fried shallots or onions: Kadalapparippu Ada , Tharikkanji, Kalathappam etc. This is unsweetend Kalathappam, but even for the sweetened versions we use fried shallots or onions.


Godambu Kachiyathu as many other beverages is served in glasses and is consumed hot or warm. You can refrigerate the leftovers, reheat in microwave or hob and have it the next day too. It can be made thin or thick as per your liking. Below given is the way we like it.

And before going to the recipe Let me also share the happy news of winning a place - Reader's Choice Award in the Food Photography competition held by Leitus Culinaria. Thank you all for the vote and continuous support.


 
Godambu Kaachiyathu (A Wheat Based Beverage Tempered with Fried Onions, Cashews and Raisins)
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

¼ cup skinned wheat, soaked overnight and drained
2 – 2 ½ cup whole milk (Adjust to your liking)
2 cups water
¼ cup – ½ cup regular white sugar
4-6 cardamoms crushed
1 cup freshly grated coconut

For tempering:

1-2 tsp of Ghee (Clarified butter)
1 tsp finely chopped shallots
3tsp Whole cashews
3tsp raisins

Preparation:


 
1.Grind wheat and coconut with 1 – 1 ½ cup of milk until smooth.

2. Hold a large sieve on a medium size non-stick sauce pan and pass this mixture through sieve. Squeeze until all the liquid is extracted. You will get a residue consisting of coconut and wheat in the strainer. Pour water into this leftover residue and squeeze again to collect all of the milky liquid in the saucepan. Discard residue.

3. Add remaining milk to the ground mixture in the sauce pan leaving aside ½ cup of milk. Place the mixture on a low-medium heat and cook until it starts boiling, making sure that you stir the mixture continuously.

4. Once it starts to boil, add salt, sugar and crushed cardamoms and gently cook for 2 minutes. At this point of time if you like your drink to be thicker, you can boil for further few more minutes. And if you want it thinner, you can add ½ a cup more of milk that was reserved earlier. Godambu Kachiyathu will get thicker as it sits, so don’t make it too thin as well.

5. In a separate Wok or kadai or a small pan, add ghee. When hot, add cashews and fry till golden. Pick them up using slotted spoon and add it to the prepared hot mixture. Similarly fry raisins till it puffs up and add it to the wheat mixture. Then in the same ghee, add the chopped shallots and fry until golden brown. Add it to the wheat mixture along with the tempered ghee. Stir well and close the lid. This process is called tempering or ‘Kaachal ’ in our place.

Serve it hot, war or even cold. But normally it is served hot, as soon as it is prepared.

This recipe goes for 'Joy from Fasting to Feasting ' hosted by Lubna

44 comments:

Satya said...

very healthy n yummy looking beverage ..thank q for sharing such a wonderful dessert

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely beverage...totally new to me.With wheat so healthy n tasty too

Pushpa said...

This drink looks so yummy.I would like to have it warm...

www.simplehomefood.com

An Open Book said...

Kandittu nalla rasam undu..although i have never tried it and have no clue how it tastes..ur description made me drrol :)

Rachana said...

A lovely drink! Great photography!

Congratulations! Keep up the great work. You rock!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Awesome pics and a new kind of payasam !! Love it..Congrats on your win !!

Nithya said...

Wow.. this is something new to me and looks inviting. Love your clicks just as ever :)

And congratssss buddy on winning the contest. As I ever say you simply rock :)

Amreen said...

wooooooooow it is 2 goooooooooooood..........))))))))))))).
http://cookingwithme-a.blogspot.com

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Shab
Very nice and new type of drink for me. I have read few Malabar sweet dishes having fried shalot...I am sure it will taste great...must make soon
My Indian friend in Kuwait, with whom I stayed for a year, has gone to Saudi with family to celebrate Eid and to do Umrah. I will miss the Eid of Kuwait which I enjoyed for 3 years
have a nice day

Leena said...

Hey i wanna say a big thank you to u ....im newly married n i have just moved in with d hubby n i tried your egg roast except that i cooked beef instead of egg..n hubby loved it ...it was the first thing i cooked n he said it was nice ...so a big thanku ..n i love the photography ...n d recipes ....n Eid Mubarak !!!

Suja Sugathan said...

Healthy and delicious..will surely give this recipe a try..thanks for sharing

Priya said...

Congrats for winning an award Shabs..u rock dear..This drink looks very tempting..

Vrinda said...

Ithu kollam.. I know rava kachiyathu but this one is new to me..sounds healthy n yummmm

Gulmohar said...

Looks tempting...congrats again on your win...really loved the last pic

Nags said...

u've made it look so glam! love :)

Rachel said...

A very novel recipe to me. Congrats on the deserved win!

Fathima said...

I love the taste of fried shallots in sweet dishes... my mom adds it with Rava Kaachiyathu which is kind of similar to the recipe that you have here....

vidhas said...

It is quite new to me and sounds yum. Missed a lotsof recipe, since after so many days i am visiting here. Congrats for winning, awesome clicks.

Padhu said...

Looks yummy !! fantastic pictures

Zia Elle said...

Looks delicious!
Congratulation for the photography won, of course you won, your picts are wonderfull!!

Divya Kudua said...

Awesome pics Shabs..I've never heard of this delicacy but I am guessing it would be delicious seeing the pics.Adding fried onions does sound weird..Ramzan wishes to you and your family!!

Pavithra said...

Looks so so delicious and i have bookmarked few godhumba dishes in ur space have to try it out once I am settled in new place. By the way congrats on ur winning shabs...u rock.

Leena said...

This very new to me..looks delicious and yummy..

Kamalika said...

Congrats dear..you surely deserved that .....lovely dish and photogrphy as usual...

shifa firoz said...

congrats on winning!!!! gpthambu kanchi is my fav iftaar dessert :)

PranisKitchen said...

i tasted the same frm my frnds place really tasty one looks good. very nicely presented..

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

congratulations !

Lovely photos as always - though I don't think the texture of it would be for me...

Twinsy Rachel said...

Shabs, Congrats on winning :) nice to know that my vote hit the mark :)

Pinne, I have a silly doubt... can we make this without straining the coconut n wheat?? call it an association of idea, but i imagine it wud be a like a parippu payasam or something with coconut n wheat to bite on

Shabs.. said...

@Twinsy....thanx dear...

Regarding your doubt, you know that leaftover wheat and coconut is quiet grainy and it will effect the taste and texture of this drink which is otherwise very smooth and silky. If i were you, i wouldnt add them and take the risk of it....I dont hink it will give a soothing bite even, it would rather be an unpleasant graininess in the payasam.:)...hope this helps...

But there is another payasam, where whole wheat and parippu is added whithout grinding....I will post that once i make it.....:)

Mallugirl said...

i knew u would win!!
Congrats and very warm wishes for a Happy Eid!

shahana said...

Congratz on your award!
Eid mubarak!!

Twinsy Rachel said...

tx shabs :) I will listen to u n make it just as u made it :) Trust u had a nice Ramadan

Twinsy Rachel said...

tx shabs :) I will listen to u n make it just as u made it :) Trust u had a nice Ramadan

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi shabs, how are you doing? eid mubharak to you and your family...

Susan and Abraham said...

honestly i love this... looks great...

Parita said...

Gorgeous! love the pics!

Anonymous said...

salam shabs....mabrook on the award!!! -- fais

Nimi SunilKumar said...

hi shabs..congrats on your win!
godhambu kaachiyathu kalakkiyitundu!

Jehanne said...

hi shabs, Eid Mubarak and congratulations on your winning photo! Pls share some of your photography techniques, I just got an SLR but I dunno how do u manage to take picture with hazy background at the back? any tips?

lecker and yummy recipes said...

Mabruk Shabs on ur award on photography ! glad u made it !!!!

Nands said...

Hi Shabs,

Congrats on your win! I was sure you would make it. The pic was awesome!!

Rgds,
Nanditha

Shabs.. said...

Thanks to all for the wishes, comments and compliments.

Jehanne,Thank u for the wishes. Regarding the pictures that i shoot, I read alot on photography tutorials from net. I look for the topics that I want to improvise on my pictures read tutorials based on that. I can share u some of the links and some tips that I follow if you can give me ur email id. Before that, there are many things that you could learn from the camera manual itself.
Hope it helps..
regards,
shabs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shabs
thanks for your help, here is my id: jehanne_ali@hotmail.com..i esp like the way you took pics where the food is distinctly clear with faded background..and i have been trying with Canon 1000D and still fail! hope to hear from you..u deserve winning the competition!

Sri Rosh said...

Hey Shab, I really liked your blog. Your recipes so remind me of home. They all trigger nostalgia in the heart. And thanks for visiting my blog and giving your comment.. And another thing, your pictures are just incredible, did u learn professional photography by any chance?
Keep up the great work..
All the best..
Sridevi.

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