East Indian Farina Hot Cereal (Payasam)

Recipe by COOKGIRl
READY IN: 10mins


  • 1
    cup whole milk or 1 cup rice milk
  • 13
    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)
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 1 12
    tablespoons butter (NOT margarine)
  • 14
    teaspoon ground cardamom, to taste
  • 12
    tablespoon unbleached cane sugar, to taste
  • 2
    tablespoons raw pistachios, pieces chopped or 2 tablespoons raw almonds, chopped
  • 2
    tablespoons raisins


  • In saucepan bring milk to almost boil and stir in the cereal using a fork to break up the clumps. Stir in the salt.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes for farina, 10 minutes for rice meal.
  • 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.
  • Add the raisins to the butter mixture and heat through.
  • Once the hot cereal is cooked, stir the cardamom/nut mixture into the cereal.
  • Serve piping hot. Mmmm!