Red Aval Payasam/Aval Payasam using Coconut Milk/Poha Kheer using Coconut Milk – Onam Sadya Recipe

Payasam, no south-indian feast is complete without this king. The first dish served on the banana leaf is payasam on the right hand corner, symbolizing a sweet beginning.  
i usually make aval payasam with cow’s milk and sugar or jaggery. But, this time i made it using coconut milk, and my god what a flavor?? lip-smacking, good!!! It is light on your tummy, with every sip bursting with coconutty flavor.  I have used store-bought coconut milk for making this, i m sure homemade milk, would up this kheer to another level. It takes only 15 minutes to make this droolicious dessert. Do try and let me know how you liked it

1 cup red poha/Red Aval
1.5 cups of thin cococnut milk
1 cup thick coconut milk
3/4 cup grated jaggery

3-4 nos cardamom pods,crushed
2 tbsp raisins, roasted in ghee/oil

handful of broken cashew-nuts roasted in ghee/oil for garnish (miss the ghee for vegan option)


  • In a wide pan, add a tsp of oil/ghee and roast the cashew-nuts and raisins. Once they turn golden brown and raisins plump up, remove it from the pan to a plate. Keep aside until use.
  • To the same pan, add poha/red aval and roast until they turn crisp. Keep the flame simmer and keep stirring to avoid burning of the aval.
  • To the roasted aval, add  thin coconut milk and let it cook in  a simmer flame, until poha turn soft and mushy. Doesn’t take too long, maximum 5-8 minutes, it will be done.
  • While the poha is cooking, take teh grated jaggery in a pan, add 1/4 cup of water and heat, let it melt completely, strain for impurities and keep it ready for use.
  • Once the poha/aval is cooked, add the strained jaggery to the payasam, let it cook for another 8-10 minutes. Add crushed cardamoms now.
  • After 10 minutes, add the thick coconut milk. Let it sit on the stove for another 5 minutes for the flavors to mingle. Do not allow it to boil, let it be on simmer flame. Remove it from the stove, add roasted cashew-nuts on top  and serve warm.