Sahar Saffron, fresh saffron market
Sahar Saffron, fresh saffron market

Payasam (Saffron noodles & raisins - Indian desert)

A delicious Indian dessert that can be served hot or lukewarm
Yields: 4 Servings

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted margarine
  • 3 ounces uncooked vermicelli (very thin spaghetti), broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Dash ground whole saffron
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

In 8-inch nonstick skillet heat margarine over medium-high heat until bubbly and hot; add vermicelli and sauté, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Reduce heat to low, add water, and let simmer until vermicelli is tender about 5 minutes; stir in milk, sugar and saffron and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in raisins and cardamom.


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