Kumbalanga Muthari Payasam / Ash Gourd Ragi Payasam


3/4-1 cup muthari/ ragi seeds
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup kumbalanga/ ash gourd, cubed or scooped
2 tbsp kadalaparippu / chana dal
1- 1 1/2 cup sugar (or as required)
2 cardamom, crushed
1 tbsp cashew nuts
1 tsp ghee
salt to taste


  1. Wash and soak ragi/ muthari in water for 3-4 hours. Drain it and then grind it with grated coconut in a blender adding enough water.
  2. Then strain it through a sieve and squeeze out/ extract all its milk and keep it aside.
  3. Cook the kumbalanga and kadalaparippu in a pan adding little salt and enough water.
  4. In a thick bottomed pan, add the extracted milk and sugar and mix well at low flame.
  5. Keep stirring and when the mixture starts thickening, add the cooked kumbalanga and kadalaparippu and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add crushed cardamom to this, mix gently and switch off the flame.
  7. Heat ghee in a small pan and fry the cashew nuts till brown.
  8. Garnish the payasam with fried cashew nuts and serve hot…

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