Oats Dal Phirni or Oats Moong Dal Payasam, a No Rice made with oats and Moong Dal to get a creamy milk pudding.
Phirni is a typical Indian Sweet made with that Rice that is soaked and ground. I have made it in the Microwave for a Microwave Gulab Phirni and with Rice Flour for a quick stovetop Gulab Ki Phirni as well. Today's version is a no rice phirni, adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor.
In our BM theme, which is "Cooking from Book", I naturally had to select Sanjeev Kapoor. His cooking show was the first one I ever watched along with mama. We made sure we never missed it and noted down all his recipes. We must have actually tried it all.
I used to buy fiction and never cookbooks. With the show always been aired, I never came around buying his books. First of all, I never realized when from fiction, my reading turned to cookbooks. Even more, I have so many cookbooks that I stopped counting and stopped looking at them as well. Above all, I feel so remorse because I have never cooked anything from most of the books.
Similarly, when everybody in the group was eager to have this theme always on the list, I was hoping I would at least take it once and try something. Finally, as a result, I referred to his books and lucky for me, he had something for dessert and with Oats on top! And this Oats Dal Phirni was one that I could easily do.
First of all, we consider any sweet dish as a dessert as well. I mostly refer to Indian Sweets made for festivals. You can serve the same after a meal as a dessert.
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I purposely leave out mentioning details of the theme. The excitement comes knowing the different ways a theme can be interpreted. I always find it so amazing how what you said and what you didn't say, can be interpreted in many ways. I love doing this analysis Many years back I used to do this analysis on different things, now it's all related to food and how people look at something in relation to food.
After announcing the themes, I always get excited getting emails from my friends asking what I meant. I reply to them depending on what they guess. Though it's time-consuming, I love spending time on these discussions with my BM friends. I like their enthusiasm and the energy they show when I throw a challenge at them and end up doing so well.
Now back to this recipe, this calls for split moong dal and Oats. The recipe actually says one must soak the dal for nearly 3 -4 hours. On reading that he talks about Spilt moong dal and why should one soak for so long, I decided not to but in the end, I ended up leaving it soaking for that long.
Anyway, I feel you need not soak for that long and if you still feel the split moong dal taste, you can roast it in ghee before using it. I was under the impression that one calls it phirni only when rice is used, maybe I am wrong and would love to know how else this is called. This Oats Moong Dal Payasam recipe calls only milk and dal, with no rice added at all.He calls it Dal phirni. Maybe because after making it, the texture ends up being like Rice Phirni is.
Step By Step Pictures for making Oats Dal Phirni
Ingredients Used in making Oats Moong Dal Phirni
Traditionally we use Rice to make Phirni. In this No Rice Phirni, the creamy texture comes from adding boiled ground moong dal and oats.
We use ground Moong Dal is to make this phirni very creamy. And Oats give its body.
Oats Dal Phirni | Oats Moong Dal Payasam
- 1/2 cups Split Yellow Dal / Moong Dal
- 1/2 liter Milk
- 3 tbsp Sugar
- A Pinch Saffron Strands
- 2 tbsp Oats
- Handful Pistachios finely chopped
- Handful Almond finely chopped
- Wash and soak the moong dal in enough water for 3 to 4 hours.
- Drain the water and grind the dal to a smooth paste.
- Heat milk in a nonstick pan/ thick bottom pan and bring it to a boil. Add the ground moong dal paste and whisk well.
- Simmer and cook on low heat till the mixture thickens. Add sugar and mix well.
- Cook the mixture, stirring continuously. Add saffron and mix well.
- Cook for 15 minutes, stirring continuously, till the dal gets cooked.
- Add oats and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.
- Finally, add the finely chopped nuts, cook for a couple of minutes.
- Then switch off and transfer into a serving bowl. Garnish with pista and almond, cool, and serve.