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    East Indian Farina Hot Cereal (Payasam)

    East Indian Farina Hot Cereal (Payasam). Photo by loof

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    Cookgirl's Note:

    Adapted from Laurel's Kitchen vegetarian cookbook-the first vegetarian cookbook I ever bought. The original recipes uses brown rice cereal, which is equally good! I've made this many, many times for breakfast. My payasam I prefer on the thick side, so feel free to add more milk or less cereal. Comforting and delicious on a cold winter day.

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    • 1 cup whole milk or 1 cup rice milk
    • 1/3 cup farina (farina is also known as Cream of Wheat) or 1/3 cup brown rice meal (farina is also known as Cream of Wheat)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (NOT margarine)
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, to taste
    • 1/2 tablespoon unbleached cane sugar, to taste
    • 2 tablespoons raw pistachios, pieces chopped or 2 tablespoons raw almonds, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons raisins


    1. 1
      In saucepan bring milk to almost boil and stir in the cereal using a fork to break up the clumps. Stir in the salt.
    2. 2
      Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes for farina, 10 minutes for rice meal.
    3. 3
      In a small saute pan, melt the butter on medium heat and add the cardamon, cane sugar and raw nuts. Toast for about 2 minutes, being careful not to burn.
    4. 4
      Add the raisins to the butter mixture and heat through.
    5. 5
      Once the hot cereal is cooked, stir the cardamom/nut mixture into the cereal.
    6. 6
      Serve piping hot. Mmmm!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 09, 2010

      I made this for breakfast today. I must admit, I cut alot of corners. (I used margarine instead of butter and substituted equal parts of cinnamon and ground cloves for the cardamom, and I accidentally made the farina based on the box instructions in the microwave instead of making the thicker version posted here.) But it was good anyway. I definitely plan to make it again, maybe closer to the original recipe next time. Thanks!

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    • on November 14, 2006


      This is wonderful!! I never thought to use cardamom in my farina, but it worked really well. I also used 1 can coconut milk and added water to bring it to the 3 cups needed for the liquids (made 3-6 servings[love that feature]). It's very creamy that way, just the way we love it. Very simple recipe with loads of flavor. Thanks!

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    • on August 16, 2012


      This is a delicious breakfast cereal! I used less nuts and raisins and loved them toasted that way, sweet and spicy and buttery. Really enjoyed this - thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for ZWT8, Chefs gone WILD!

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    Nutritional Facts for East Indian Farina Hot Cereal (Payasam)

    Serving Size: 1 (183 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 689.3
    Calories from Fat 293
    Total Fat 32.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.4 g
    Cholesterol 70.1 mg
    Sodium 842.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 83.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    Sugars 31.5 g
    Protein 17.8 g

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