Aval Payasam

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Aval Payasam (flattened rice flakes pudding) is mainly made during the Hindu festival called Krishna Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna). To know more about this festival, click here.

This dessert is quite easy to make, and you can see quite a few variations around. Here’s my Version:

You Need –

  • Aval/Poha/rice flakes – ½ cup
  • Sharkara/Jaggery/uncentrifuged whole cane sugar – Grated, 1/3 cup or to taste
  • Coconut milk – 300 mls
  • Condensed milk – 1/3 cup
  • Water – 1.5 cups
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • cashew nuts – 10-15 nos
  • Raisins – 2 tablespoons

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How to –

In pan, dry roast the rice flakes till they start to change color and crispy. Turn off the heat and set aside.  In a small frying pan, heat the ghee and fry the cashews, raisins and set aside.

In a sauce pan, add about ½ cup water and Cook till the Jaggery has melted.

Now add the remaining water and the roasted rice flakes and let it come to rolling boil. Add the coconut milk, condensed milk and let it cook till the mixture thickens a bit. Stir in the cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins. Stir well and turn off the heat.

Serve warm or cold.

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