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Coconut Milk Kheer/Payasam


  • ½ cup raw whole unpolished rice
  • 1 cup grated coconut or 10 cashew nuts/ almonds, soaked for 8 hours
  • 10-12 seeded black dates
  • 3 cups water, as needed
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom (elaichi) powder
  • 8-10 almonds, slivered


Cook the rice with double the amount of water in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle and 10 minutes on simmer. Grind one cup grated coconut or almonds and 10 dates into a smooth paste with 2 cups water. In a heavy bottomed deep pan, add the paste and rice and mix well. Add remaining water and boil to a liquid form. Add cardamom powder. Cook for about five minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with slivered almonds.


Substitute whole rice with millets, pulses like moong dal, carrot, pumpkin, bottle gourd.

Serves 6


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