Bamboo rice Payasam, exotic dessert kheer

bamboo rice porridge
This time  when I met my mom,  she gifted me a handful of something  special… Bamboo rice.
This is my first time seeing it in real and had always heard about it.  I was ecstatic as I know this is a rare find.

What is Bamboo Rice?

Bamboo rice,  mulayari,  mungil  arisi, is the seed of the bamboo tree.  The bamboo forests grow from the single bamboo base and spread around.The older parts of the bamboo flower in approximately  40  to 60 years or more.  Following seed production the bamboo will perish to give space to the newly developed seeds.  These seeds are the nutritious bamboo rice.
Bamboo rice

Bamboo rice


The harvesting if these seeds are also a tedious process.  The thorns and the unpredictable  flowering pattern makes extraction and cleaning tough.  But, it is one of the absolute reserves of food when the forest experiences low production season.
Falling under the old world grains,  these  bamboo rice, are not the market ready green ones. The popular market one is rice which has been infused with bamboo extract. The bamboo seed is brown and if you need hunt around found in herbal health stores.
The grain when cooked has a wheat like texture and is highly valued in ayurveda  for  easing out joint pains. It is a valuable part of the herbal/tribal medicine for fertility.  It is high in calories and vitamin B.

What to Prepare?

When you get a hand full of the lovely produce, there is nothing better to do than do true justice to it . Then of course, it had to be a happy dessert.
Prepared today is a bowl full of bamboo rice payasam. It  is a real strong grain so take a while to cook. But the wait is totally worth it.  Soft and a bit chewy the grain swells and really fills you up.
Do not miss to grab a handful when you find the grain and soft cook to make a nutritious meal with a low glycemic index.  So save up the recipe and grab a handful when you get it. You could alternately try to substitute it for rice in any style of indian preparation.
banboo rice payasam

Bamboo rice payasam -kheer

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bamboo rice porridge

Bamboo rice Payasam.

exotic rice dessert kheer
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 40 mins
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, gluten free, Indian, Kerala, Kids choice, Medicinal, South indian, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 10 people
Calories 560 kcal


  • 1 cup bamboo rice
  • 4 cups full cream milk / plant based milks
  • 1 cup condensed sweetened milk
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder


  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 8-10 cashew nuts
  • 8-10 raisins


  • Wash and soak bamboo rice in water for 3-4 hours.
  • Drain the water and pressure cook the bamboo rice in 3 cups of milk for 3 whistles.
  • Meanwhile,heat a small pan , add ghee and roast the cashew nuts till golden and then add raisins.  When the raisins go plump remove and set aside.
  • Open the lid when the pressure releases open and check the rice,it will be tender to touch. Add one more cup of milk and cook on a medium flame. Keep stirring.
  • When it becomes really soft add the cardamom powder. Mix well
  • Add half the cup of condensed milk and check the sweetness.. continue to stir in more to reach the desired sweetness. Now bring it only up to a simmer and remove from heat.
  • Add in the roasted cashews and raisins and mix well.  Serve hot.


Its best not to boil after a sweetener is added as the milk tends to curdle.
You can replace condensed milk with jaggery syrup.


Serving: 150gCalories: 560kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 17gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 641mgPotassium: 655mgFiber: 3gSugar: 48g
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Poonam Bachhav
4 years ago

Inforamative and lovely share !

3 years ago

Hi, I too always heard and read about bamboo rice. And I have seen that in supermarkets also. This payasam looks tempting for a person having sweet tooth like me. Will try some day.

3 years ago

This is new to me and such an informative post.

3 years ago

WoW bamboo payasam I remember me & my family tasted this paysam on our last travel trip visit to Wayanad. That payasam is too sweet but we really liked it very much. Thanks for sharing,will try soon !

Priya Srinivasan
3 years ago

I have been wanting to try this bamboo rice for a long time now! Payasam with it looks tempting and delicious!

3 years ago

Love learning about such exotic ingredients! I’ve never come across this grain here but the way you have described it, it sure sounds awesome!

3 years ago

This is something new to me, looks so delish, I need to try it sometime Seema. Thanks for sharing.

3 years ago

Bamboo rice paysam looks inviting. Very informative post.

3 years ago

Never heard of these bamboo rice before but they sure does sound delicious for making kheer.

3 years ago

Bamboo rice is new to me, is it healthier than any other rice? BTW, kheer looks delightful.

3 years ago

Love these exotic ingredients ! Sounds really so yumm , will surely bookmarking to try later dear 🙂

Nisha Ramesh
Nisha Ramesh
3 years ago

Wow, look at that colour of the rice! That alone is so alluring. 🙂 never had this before but will def try this when i can. 🙂

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