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aval payasam

Aval Payasam

Rice flakes in coconut milk
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Asian, Autumn, Baby toddler food, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Karnataka, Kids choice, Microwave, One pot, South indian, Summer, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter


to make the porridge

  • 1/2 cup rice flakes (aval, Poha- thick variety, see description in recipe notes))
  • 1 cup coconut milk thinned ( second and thrid extarct)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk thick (first extract)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (coconut jaggery)
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder

for the toppings

  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter ( use coconut oil if vegan)
  • 1 tbsp coconut sliced into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp cashewnuts broken into bits


  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan dry roast the Aval till it is crispy.
  • Collect and set this aside.
  • Now add the ghee to the same pan and roast the coconut pieces till golden, then add the cashew bits and roast till both and gently golden. remove and set aside
  • Into the same pan now add the thin coconut milk and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Add the roasted aval into this and allow the mixture to boil for about three minutes, stirring occasionally.
    coconut milk papyasam
  • This is sufficient time for the aval to soak up and swell.
  • Now add the thick coconut extract, Cardamom powder and simmer for about 5 minutes. Never boil this thick extract as it tends to release the coconut oil and leaves an undesired taste.
  • now stir in the coconut jaggery and simmer for another 2 minutes
    dessert aval
  • Remove from heat and add the roasted cashews and coconut pieces.
  • Mix well and the payasam is ready to serve
    aval payasam


Beaten riceflakes come in a few varieties of thickness. Here is a quick guide
for Instant eating or frying, use nylon variety (thinnest)
For quick stirfry or salads use medium thickness
For cooking in a liquid, soaking for idly batter use the thickest variety.
These rice flakes will be available in red variety and white. this choice is entirely up to you.
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