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Chettinad style Black Rice pudding- Kavuni Arisi Payasam

Madhuli Ajay
10 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Chettinad style Black Rice pudding- Kavuni Arisi Payasam RECIPE

Kavuni Arisi Payasam or Black Rice Pudding is a specialty of the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. This gorgeous deep violet hued sweet, is a prominent preparation of most festive fares of the Chettiars. Apparently, this nutritious glutinous rice was brought in from Burma by the Chettiars during their business travels. This is a very simple recipe, the only tricky bit is the proper cooking of the rice. Other than the traditional way, you can also cook the payasam using milk and serve it chilled as a Pudding or Phirni, topped with fruits.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Pressure Cook
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 cup Black Rice, soaked in water for 4-5 hours
  2. ½- ¾ cup palm jaggery grated or sugar (amount can be adjusted to taste)
  3. 2-3 tablespoon ghee
  4. 3 tablespoon fresh coconut, grated
  5. ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  6. Nuts of choice (cashew nuts or almonds) for garnishing (optional)


  1. Drain the water used to soak the rice.
  2. Pressure cook the rice with 2 ½ to 3 cups of water till well cooked and soft . About 2 whistles and then cooked for 15 minutes on low heat. (The quantity of water and cooking time may vary depending on the quality of rice)
  3. Mash the rice using a ladle.
  4. In a saucepan (or in the cooker/pressure pan) add jaggery or sugar, ghee, cardamom powder and coconut along with the rice.
  5. Cook on low heat till the payasam thickens.(3-4 minutes)
  6. Garnish with nuts if using and serve hot or cold

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Reema Thukral
Reema Thukral   May-23-2016

Amazing! thanks for sharing :)

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