Friday, 26 August 2011

Kheer/Payasa with Dodhi/Bottle Gourd & Sago

I have brought a bottle gourd. It was the smallest and the tenderest one the bhajiwala had but was still big enough to fill to big Tupperware boxes when cubed. I made bhaji once but then since I wanted a change I decided to make kheer/payasa.

This could also be because the boys in the opposite cubicle at work were discussing how make kheer out of bottle gourd. They, very authoritatively told me 2 methods one the regular with milk and another with coconut milk. They were insiatant that I use sago or sabudana which I never use.  I am sure both don’t even know where the kitchens at home are but their passionate cooking without flame here in office made me make this kheer,  With milk will try the coconut milk one later. I was supposed to carry it to work but I plain forgot. It’s still in the fridge. 

The ingredients used are approximate.

1 cup bottle gourd, peeled and cubed to fine pieces
1 tblspn ghee
Few cashew nuts
2 tblspn sago or sabudana, soaked in ¼ cup water
½ cup sugar
¾ litre milk
4 elichi/ cardamom
Few strands of saffron (optional)


1.       Heat a steel bowl on the gas. When it is hot switch off the gas and drop the saffron strands in it. The strands shrivel add a tblspn or two of milk and keep aside.
2.      Heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts till golden. Drain and keep aside.
3.       In the same ghee add the bottle gourd and stir fry till the cubes are translucent.
4.       Add the milk, soaked sabudana with the water and bring to boil. Boil till the bottle gourd is well cooked.
5.      Add sugar and continue boiling for a few minutes.
6.      Add the cardamom powder, saffron strands, cashew nuts mix well and switch off the gas.
7.      Serve hot or chilled. Plain or with chapatti or poori.

Sending this to  Radhika's Let’s Cook ~ Scrumptious Breakfasts


  1. what a wonderful kheer dear, i can have it at one go..:)

  2. Very healthy and tasty looking payasa. Loved the look of it. As always, your blog is so versatile.

    Hamaree Rasoi

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. The kheer looks simply creamy and delicious!

  4. delicious and tempting combination.. looks awesome !!
    Indian Cuisine

  5. This is really superb. Never thought of using them in kheers. Thanks for linking Anu.

  6. Looks super delicious and inviting..

  7. Thanks Priya, Radhika, Hari Chandana, Nandini, Deepa,Shobha & Reshmi Mahesh.

    Love you guys.

  8. Looks highly addictive!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Hello, came to your site through Friday potluck. I saw some good eggless recipes which caught my interest as I don't eat eggs. Glad to follow u. Do drop by my space whenever u get time :-)


  10. Never tried Bottle Gourd in sweets, and the Saboo makes it even more special... definitely will try this...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  11. Kheer sounds delicious. Nice combo.

  12. Kheer is one of my favourites anytime...looks delicious.

  13. Yummy dudhi payasam with tapioca pearls.

  14. Bottle gourd n sago in kheer is such a wonderful idea ~ it looks elegant n so inviting!
    US Masala


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