How Many Calories Are There in Kheer – Payasam & Does It Have Any Health Benefits?
Kheer and Payasam are the many regional varieties of the same dessert. Kheer or rice pudding is one of the most popular desserts in North India. Traditionally, Kheer or Payasam is prepared from rice and is served as a dessert after meals. It is quick and easy recipe which does not demand extra ordinary cooking skills. Kheer is prepared from left over rice or raw rice, milk, sugar, raisins, saffron, Almonds, cashews and cardamom. Rice pudding is often known as a healthy alternative to other creamy desserts such as ice cream, but like most traditional sweets it should only be enjoyed occasionally. With homemade rice pudding, you can save calories and control the ingredients to prepare a healthier version of it.
According to Ayurveda, Kheer has a cooling effect on the body. It calms down the ‘Pitta’ dosha or the subtle energy that regulates metabolism. Cardamom improves digestive fire and counteracts the mucus-forming properties of milk. Saffron has a cooling property and promotes assimilation of the nutrients. Milk and nuts provide protein while raisins and sugar enhances the natural sweetness.
Payasam is a famous South Indian dessert that goes by many names. It’s a versatile dessert as it can be prepared with dairy products and other easily available essentials. Traditional recipe of Payasam includes ingredients such as Jaggery, rice, vermicelli, cardamom, cinnamon, ghee, raisins, cashews, Moong dal and coconut milk. It is easily digestible and naturally gluten free. Payasam has its share of health benefits. It lowers cholesterol and it is an amazing source of energy.
Calories in Kheer and Payasam are as given below in the table