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December 6, 2013

Coconut Payasam | Arisi Thengai Payasam Recipe - Payasam Varieties

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Coconut payasam
Every Friday, I used to do Thiru vilakku poojai at home.So I make payasam/sweet pongal or kesari for neivedyam.For today's Friday pooja, I tried arisi thengai payasam ( Rice coconut kheer with jaggery) for the first time asking the recipe from my MIL.It came out very well.We loved it a lot.Its surely a keeper.I have decided to try this for my guests too.It was so nice with a great smell of coconut.I added ghee roasted coconut bits (kerala style) which gave a nice crunchy taste in between while eating.Do try this thengai payasam / coconut payasam with jaggery for a change from our usual paruppu payasam. U’ll love it :)
Thengai payasam

Coconut payasam

Coconut payasam Thengai payasam/Coconut payasam recipe for festivals and pooja.Tastes great !
Cuisine: Indian Category: Dessert Yields: Serves 2
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 50 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
To soak n To grind
  • Raw rice - 1.5 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup(tightly packed)
For syrup
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Elachi/Cardamom seeds - 3 nos (powdered)
  • Milk or coconut milk - 2 tbsp(optional)
To roast in ghee
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Coconut pieces - 1/2 tbsp
  • Dry grapes - few (optional)
  • Cashews - Few nos (optional)

  • Wash n soak the raw rice in water for 30- 45 minutes.Grate the coconut.Grind the coconut and rice adding 1/2 cup of water to a smooth paste.
Coconut payasam
  • In a bowl, take the ground paste and add 1.5 cups of water.Allow it to cook well in simmer flame for 10-12 minutes.Stir in between to avoid getting burnt bottom.The mixture will turn slightly thick like a porridge.
Coconut payasam
  • In the meantime,grate jaggery.Add 1/4 cup of water,melt, make a syrup,strain  to remove impurities and set aside.
  • When the coconut paste is cooked well,add this syrup.Mix well.Boil for 2-3 minutes.
Coconut payasam
  • Roast the coconut pieces & cashews in ghee and add to the payasam.
  • Remove and add the boiled & cooled milk.Mix n Serve.

    Enjoy !
  • Use paagu vellam to get a nice color.
  • Adding milk is optional.Add based on the consistency u need.
  • U can also add coconut milk instead of milk at the end before switching off the flame.
  • Addition of roasted coconut bits is optional.I followed kerala style for this step.

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