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Festive recipe: How to make Aval Payasam

By Manjula Nair
September 30, 2014 13:45 IST
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Have you tried this interesting dessert made with flattened rice, milk and nuts?

Aval Payasam


While sevai and sabudana kheer are some of the most popular preparations during the festive season, here's a delicious dessert recipe made with flattened rice.


  • 1 cup thin poha
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Handful of assorted nuts (cashews, pistachios and almonds)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar or cup melted jaggery
  • 4 tbsp ghee


  • Add 1 cup water to 2 cups of milk, bring to boil and keep aside. 
  • In a pan, heat two tbsp ghee and dry roast the poha for a minute.
  • Add milk and let it simmer. Allow the poha to cook in the milk.
  • Add melted jaggery or sugar to the mixture and stir for a minute.
  • Take it off the flame.
  • In a separate pan, heat the remaining ghee and roast the nuts.
  • Garnish the payasam with nuts and serve hot.

Image: Divya Kudua/Creative Commons

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