Time for yet another round of Blogging Marathon!! This week I have chosen to blog about Indian sweets specially under the Kheer, Laddu and Pudding category. So check back everyday to take a look at these desserts. This theme got me thinking about the usage of vegetables in our traditional kheers and so I started off with this Ridge Gourd Kheer for Day 1. 

I was thinking about this Turai Kheer for quite sometime and I knew if I mentioned the contents of this kheer to anyone, I would be given the 'looks'. I am sure you know what I mean, right? I was bent on changing the idea that vegetables like these are are not suitable for desserts. And you bet I did!! The picky eaters at home never complained a bit and instead asked for multiple servings. There was not a trace of Turai in the kheer as it was boiled and pureed well :)

Beerakaya Payasam

Ingredients - 

Beerakaya / Turai / Ridge Gourd,  peeled and diced 1 cup
Milk 3  cups
Sugar 5-6 Tbsp (or as per taste)
Almonds and Cashews 6 each
Cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp
Saffron strands a pinch
Roasted Cashews for Garnish

Method Of Preparation - 

In a microwave safe bowl, cook the ridge gourd and 1/2 cup of milk until it is cooked well. (Alternatively cooking ridge gourd can be done either on the stove top or in a pressure cooker)

Upon cooling, grind the boiled ridge gourd, almonds and cashews to a fine paste.

In a separate bowl, soak the saffron strands in cold milk.

In a heated sauce pan, boil the remaining milk with sugar and mix in the above paste. 

Stir continuously to avoid the burnt smell of the kheer.

Beerakaya Payasam

Sprinkle the cardamom powder and let the kheer simmer in low heat for about 3-4 min.

Spread the saffron strands and let it simmer for a min or two more.

Remove from fire and garnish with some roasted cashews. Enjoy this delightful kheer with the added fiber!!

If you are wondering what my fellow BM#5 marathoners are doing this week, check them out..

Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Priya Suresh, Srivalli, Usha
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Vardhini,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Suma, Veena
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Aarthi, Kalyani, Pavani, Shylaja
Summer Coolers: PJVaishali
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Sushma Pinjala

Preparation Time 20 min
Makes about  2 - 2 1/2 cups


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. I will not give you the looks :) since I happen to make kheer even with soarakaya and chayote.
    Your version looks delicious.

  3. Mélange Says:
  4. Kheer with ridge gourd ! Totally amazing Harini..Inviting & pure..

  5. Srivalli Says:
  6. Yummy one Harini..never made with ridge gourd though..:)

  7. Unknown Says:
  8. kheer with beerakaya...never would have thought about it!....nice vision to change regualar veggies in sweet dishes!

  9. Mom Chef Says:
  10. oh ! love this unusual payasam :) slurp !
    btw, how long do the veggies need to be microwaced?

  11. Aarthi Says:
  12. WOW..a lovely different payasam...I have not heard that before...Still looks super..

  13. aipi Says:
  14. Love this recipe.Interesting and new ~ got to try :)
    US Masala

  15. divya Says:
  16. Wow tempting and delicious,looks so inviting.

  17. Harini Says:
  18. Thanks guys.
    @ Mom chef - Since each microwave is different, check to see when the turai is cooked. I cooked mine for about 6 min.

  19. Usha Says:
  20. Never tried ridge gourd payasam! I have made it with bottle gourd & potato though. I guess those are the most popular veggies used to prepare payasam in AP.

    btw, even I am posting a ridge gourd recipe today.

  21. Vardhini Says:
  22. This is so new to me. Have never used ridge gourd in payasam. Looks yummy.


  23. Unknown Says:
  24. very new, love it :)

  25. Sobha Shyam Says:
  26. Really interesting..its new to me..looks delicious..

  27. Priya Suresh Says:
  28. Woow sooo rich and creamy kheer.

  29. Pavani Says:
  30. From the pictures, it definitely doesn't look like that kheer has beerakaya in it. That's a very unique dish you came up with Harini.

  31. Swathi Says:
  32. Ridgegourd kheer looks delicious.

  33. Shylaja Says:
  34. Totally new recipe.Never thought of making payasam with Peerkangai
    South Indian Home

  35. Suparna Says:
  36. interesting way of using bottle gourd :P thanks for the recipe

  37. veena Says:
  38. Very new to me. Looks good

  39. Padmajha Says:
  40. I have never used this veggie for sweets.Bookmarked this recipe

  41. Avi Says:
  42. I tried it and it tastes better than bottle gourd payasam.Just awesome.

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