Rice - 1 cup
Thick milk - 10 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - little
Cashewnuts - 1 tbls thinly sliced
Ghee - for frying
Boil milk in a heavy vessel with 2 to 3 cups of water.
Take half the milk in separate vessel.
Add washed rice to the boiling milk and cook for 5 to 10 minutes stirring once in a while.
Add rest of the milk gradually, stirring constantly. When the rice is cooked till soft and mashed well, add sugar and stir till it is dissolved.
Remove from fire and add cashewnuts and cardamom powder, fried in ghee. Pal payasam is an ideal desert to be served with and Indian meal.