Nei Payasam / Sharkara Payasam

Posted on 8/27/2017

Traditional Kerala rice pudding with jaggery and grated coconut.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10 to 12


Raw rice /Unakkalari-1 cup
Jaggery,grated-1 and 1/4 to 1.5 cups
Grated coconut-1.5 cups
Ghee-3 to 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder-3/4 tsp
Dry Ginger powder-1/4 tsp
Water-as required
cashew nuts and raisins-as required


1. Wash rice well ,cook rice in a pressure cooker adding sufficient quantity of water,just until done.Drain and keep aside
2. Combine together grated jaggery and 1/2 cup water in a pan / uruli.( Strain the melted jaggery ,to remove impurities,if required).Cook for few minutes or until it turns slightly thick.
3. Now add cooked rice and mix well.Cook for about 5 minutes,stirring well in between.
4. Add ghee and mix well until combined.Add grated coconut ,mix well and cook for few minutes.
5. Add cardamom,and ginger powder.Mix well until combined. Granish with cashew nuts and raisins.


* You can fry cashew nuts and raisins in ghee ,if desired.
* Adjust the quantity of jaggery according to your taste.
* As this payasam is very rich,it is usually served in small portions.
* The quantity of ghee can be adjusted according to your taste.

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