My mom makes Gothambu Kachiyathu or similar hot drinks like Badam milk, Thari Kachiyathu (semolina based) etc. as a mid-day breakie, especially when we are the only two at home. It is also usually prepared during Ramadan because it has all the good things like grain and milk which will keep you full for a long time.
Just like my Thari Kachiyathu recipe, this one and a few other Malabar sweet dishes call for the addition of fried shallots along with the nuts and raisins. The fried shallots impart a very unique flavour to these hot drinks that I highly recommend trying even though my partner kinda detested the onions in this drink.
Wheat and Coconut Milk Hot Drink | Gothambu Kachiyathu
1 cup milk again
a pinch of salt to taste
- Drain the soaked wheat and add it to a mixie along with the grated coconut and milk
- Grind the mixture until smooth
- Take a cooking pot or a non-stick pot and hold a large sieve and pass the ground mixture through the sieve. Push down the mixture until all the milk is extracted.
- Put the residue back into the mixie and add water grind again
- Run it once again through the sieve and collect all the remaining milk into the same pot and discard residue.
- Stir in the last set of milk and place the pot on a low-medium heat
- Keep stirring without taking off your hands and wait for it to boil
- Add salt, sugar and cardamom powder and gently cook for a few more minutes until it reaches your desired consistency.
You can boil the mixture further to make it thicker like pudding or add more water or milk to make it thinner.
- Heat ghee in a separate small pan or kadai and add the cashews and fry till golden. Remove each cashew and add it to the hot drink
- Next, fry the raisins till it puffs up and add them to the pot.
- Lastly, add the chopped shallots and fry until golden brown. Add it to the hot wheat milk drink along with the tempered ghee.
- Stir well and close the lid for the flavours to infuse
- Serve in a bowl or mug or tumbler
- Refrigerate the remaining if any.