Feb 6, 2014

Thengai Payasam Recipe / Arisi Thengai Payasam / Rice Coconut Payasam (Kheer) / Coconut Payasam / Coconut Kheer

Festivals, special occasions needs a desert. South Indians mostly don't go for puddings or stuffs like that..They need a proper payasam to finish a entire meal..We make payasam using a whole lot of things..One of the most popular payasam is Semiya Payasam. I have quite a few payasam recipes in this blog. Check all of them here..

Now this payasam is one of the traditional one..It is made with Coconut and Rice and very traditional combo. Together they form a yummy payasam. So try this out and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 45 to 55 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Basmati Rice or Any Rice - 1/2 cup
Water - 3 cup or adjust
Jaggery / Sarkarai- 1.5 cup
Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Thick Coconut Milk - 2 cup
Ghee - 1 tblspn + 2 tblspn
Cashews - 2 tblspn
Sultanas / Kishmish- 2 tblspn
Cardamom Powder / Yelakai Podi - 1 tsp
Coconut - 2 tblspn cut into small pieces


Take rice in a blender and make it into a coarse powder. Take jaggery in a sauce pan, cover it with water and bring it to boil, once every jaggery is melted, strain it and set aside. Take the grated coconut in a blender and make into a paste.

Heat 1 tblspn of ghee in a kadai, add in the ground rice and saute it for a min.

Add in water and bring it to boil. Cover the kadai, simmer the flame and cook for 30 to 35 mins till the rice is cooked and water has reduced. The rice should be mushy.

Now add in the ground coconut paste and jaggery water and mix well. 

Now bring this to a boil and simmer for 10 mins or so.

Now add in the coconut milk and mix well. Simmer for couple of mins and switch off the flame.

Transfer this payasam to a bowl and sprinkle over cardamom powder and mix well.

Heat ghee or butter in a kadai. Add in coconut bits and roast till light golden. Add in the cashews and raisans and fry it till golden.

Pour this whole thing over the payasam and mix well.



Take all your ingredients

Take rice in a mixer

Grind them to a coarse mix
Take jaggery in a sauce pan

Cover it with water

Strain it and set aside
Melt some ghee

Add in rice

Saute for few mins

Pour in water

mix that well

Cover it and cook

Cook till it is done

Add in ground coconut paste

Stir that well

Add in jaggery water

mix that too

Bring everything to a boil

Pour in coconut milk

Mix well and switch off the flame

Transfer that to a bowl
Sprinkle in some cardamom powder and mix well.

Melt some ghee, i melted some butter

Add in cut coconut pieces

Fry them for few mins

Add in cashews and raisans

Fry them till golden
Pour the fried nuts and coconut



  1. OMG just mouthwatering pictures, have to make it soon...

  2. Aarthi, how ya doing??? Is everything fine on ur side, long time no see..... He he!!!! We're sure missing u here girl!!!!

  3. @AnonymousJust went for a trip to chennai..Thats why..

  4. Hi aarthi... Very nice recipe... One doubt.. Can I use bamboo rice in this recipe... Coz I once had bamboo rice payasam in wayanad and it was so good... SUMI

  5. Aarthi... I tried this with bamboo rice.. It came out so well..


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