Payasam is a popular South Indian dessert – much like the North Indian counterpart, kheer – made with sweetened milk, which is thickened by boiling and flavoured by adding various additives like kesar, cardamom, coconut, etc. Elaneer translates to ‘tender coconut’. So the elaneer payasama is a sweet milk dish with delicious coconut hints.
Making payasam is supremely easy. All you require is milk, condensed milk, some dry fruits if you like, ghee for roasting the dry fruits, and the flavouring ingredient, which in this case is a tender coconut pulp and tender coconut water (used for grinding the pulp into a homogenous consistency). Follow the instructions below to whip up a traditional elaneer payasam in minutes!
Featured Image: elephants and the coconut trees