Aval payasam recipe – Atukula payasam or poha kheer is simple to make and tastes delicious. I had made aval payasam few times before but never got it delicious and felt nothing special. Sometime ago I had a friend home to help me prepare naivedyam for a puja. Her aval payasam turned out delicious, so thought of sharing it here. This can be made anytime for festivals, friday puja or just to serve as a after meal dessert. It is light and goes well in a meal too.
Aval or poha doesn’t actually thicken the paysam, so a thickener like powdered aval, rice flour or powdered nuts lend a thick texture & taste. I have used thick white poha, you can also use red poha. I have used jaggery but it can be replaced with sugar. But traditionally payasam is made with jaggery.
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Aval payasam recipe
Aval payasam recipe | Atukula payasam | Poha kheer recipe
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 6 to 8 cashew nuts split for garnish
- Few sweet raisins (optional)
- ½ cup thick poha / aval/ atukulu/ avalakki
- 8 cashews & 2 tbsp poha – to powder (or 1 to 1 ½ tsp rice flour)
- 2 cups milk (you can use ¼ cup more) (full fat milk)
- ½ cup jaggery grated or organic sugar(use little more or less to suit your taste)
- 3 tbsps. Water to melt jaggery (skip if using sugar)
- 3 to 4 green cardamoms powdered / elaichi powdered
How to make the recipe
Skip this step if using sugar. Add jaggery to a small pot along with 3 tbsp water. Melt the jaggery on a low flame. When the jaggery melts and begins to bubble up then set this aside to cool completely.
Heat ghee in a pan and fry the cashews until lightly golden. Add raisins and fry until they turn plump. Set these aside.
Add poha to the pan and keep frying on a low flame.
Meanwhile powder cashews and poha in a blender to fine powder. Skip if using rice flour.
Once the poha begins to smell good, then add the powder and fry for another 1 to 2 mins.
Pour milk and begin to cook on a medium heat until the poha turns soft. Stir often to prevent the milk scorching at the bottom.
In the meantime kheer thickens as well and the jaggery syrup has to cool down completely.
Add cardamom powder. If using rice flour, stir it in 1/4 cup milk. Make sure there are no lumps. Add it to the pot. Stir and cook on a medium heat until the payasam turns thick.
Filter the jaggery syrup to the payasam. Turn off the stove and mix everything well. Do not cook further, take it off from the stove.
Add cashews and raisins. If desired some ghee as well.
Serve aval payasam warm or cold.