Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rice and Coconut payasa/Pudding-Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali to every one

I hope you all are having a great time I really miss all the fun we had during diwali back in India. Had made big plans this year to make diwali sweets but unfortunately couldn't make anything. I thought, the least I could do to keep up my spirits was to post a sweet dish on my blog. I made this sweet dish during navrathri but never posted it. So here it goes for diwali.
This is one of the traditional dishes my mom makes often. I like this kheer (payasa in kannada) more than the semiya kheer, so mom often made this on my request. I thought it's too much work and never dared to make it. I was surprised that it was so simple to make. Mom makes it with rice, coconut and poppy seeds. I wanted to add some twist so I ground up some dry nuts instead of frying them and using for garnish.
This has poppy seeds in it so it aids you get better sleep, that's the reason I like it more :).

What you need:
1/4 cup White raw rice (you can use any variety)
1/2 cup grated coconut fresh / frozen  
2 table spoon brown sugar/ sugar/ jaggery
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon ghee
5 almonds
5 whole cashewnuts
20 raisins
3 cardamom pods

How I made it:

Soak rice, almonds and cashews for 30 min in warm water.  Once well soaked grind it coursely along with coconut. Crush the poppy seeds seperately with little water. In a thick bottomed pot, add the ground rice and coconut mixture along with 1.5 cups of water. Add sugar and cook until it thickens and the raw taste is gone. Keep stirring it often or else it tends to thicken at the bottom. Add powdered cardamom. Garnish with raisins fried in ghee. You can make the thicknesss according to your liking.
Serve warm with ghee over it or serve it chilled.
I like to make it thick and eat it chilled.......just love all the flavors of poppy seed, coconut and cardamom, reminds me of home and mom ... :(

You can use milk to get the right consistency.
You can also add brown and polson custard powder to it to get a different flavor


  1. was to try this for Diwali.. but eventually dint make it ... din't have time :)

  2. we both can enjoy it virtually :)

  3. nice recipe hope i would try it out today

  4. Thanks fayaz, do try and let me know. I visited your website got to see some interesting topics.


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