Thengai Payasam/Coconut Kheer

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, June 18, 2012

Every Friday, Payasam/Kheer is regular in our house. Amma Makes beautiful Kolams in the Swamy Meda, Appa helps with garlanding the Swamy Photos, Patti darling  helps in decorating the Kuthuvilaku with vermilion and Amma does the pooja.For Neivedhiyam it is usually any Kheer and Cooked Rice. Friday's will be so Divine in my house, whoever comes will feel as if they have entered a temple. This Thengai payasam using Jaggery is one of the Neivedhiyam, made on these days. Good Food, brings back Great Memories!!!! Even now though the pooja is regular, but the payasam/kheer is missing, coz amma and appa both have become diabetic and nobody is around there to eat it straight from the Stove!!!! But whenever we are there, she makes a small quantity for us to relish!!! Mom-Made is always Best, Missing it a lot, that too now, with days left for my junior's(second) arrival and cooking is beginning to look like big task!!!!
2 tbsp Rice, Soaked in 1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Coconut
3/4 Cup Jaggery
2 Cups of Water
3-4 Cardamom Pods, Crushed
Handful of Mixed Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios)
Cashew-nuts, Raisins for Garnishing


  •  Soak Rice in half a Cup water for 30 minutes.
  • Take Rice and Coconut and Mixed Nuts in a Mixer and Grind it to a fine paste with little water.
  • Boil  2 Cups of Water in a Non-Stick Pan, Reduce the flame when the water starts boiling, add the ground Rice-coconut-nut mixture and Stir well to avoid any lumps.
  • Let this Mixture Cook, it will take about 15 minutes. Keep Stirring inbetween.
  • In the Mean time,Dissolve Jaggery in 1/2 Cup of Warm Water, Strain to remove impurities.
  • Add this jaggery syrup to Rice-Coconut-Nut mixture, Mix Well. Add Crushed Cardamom now. Let it Cook for another 10-15 minutes. 
  • Heat a tbsp of Ghee in a pan, Roast Cashew-nuts and raisins and add it to the Kheer. Switch off the Stove.
  •  Serve Warm or Chilled.
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  1. Delicious payasam..feel like tasting it.

  2. Wish to have a bowl full of this yummy kheer, my fav anytime.

  3. Wish I was your neighbor. Can't peek in to the temple and carry the prasadam with me...hehehe...Love this payasam. Its my favorite.

  4. Very nice kheer. Mom's dishes are best always!

  5. Very interesting!!!I make this with wheat rawa also...

  6. This is my father's favorite payasam, though the rest of like paal payasam over this one.

  7. This is wonderful Kheer. Looks Splendid!

  8. kheer looks mouthwatering. nice recipe

  9. yummy payasam..

  10. Nice step by step explanation. Looks yummy.

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  11. Can feel the Aroma of Payasam from recipe ingredients itself!!Will be yummier..i like jaggery in payasam unique flavor right?!

  12. That's a very delicious looking kheer. Never had coconut kheer before--sounds yummy.

  13. tried today...came out very nicely.......thank you sooo much :) :)


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