Festival Recipes, Kheers / Payasam

Akkaravadisal for Aadi Pooram and a New event Announcement – HLI (Carrot)

This is a rather long post covering two agendas : A festive celebration dish as well announcement of my new event for August – Healthy Lunchbox Ideas . Let’s get on with the dish first:

Today is Aadi Pooram (or in correct Iyengar lingo : Thiru Aadi Pooram) – a festival to celebrate the power of Shakti in most South Indian, esp Iyer / Iyengar households in the holy month of Aadi (or Aashaad) in the Hindu Calendar .. Its also called Andal Thirunaal (or the birthday of Andal – she is a semi-god amongst pantheon of South Indian Gods ) – you can check out more detailshere. Although, I am a God fearing person, I generally don’t attibute to too much religious fervour (esp those of the favour-asking-type poojas), but this time around, I was in the mood to re-visit my childhood days. Perhaps I am growing old – too fast, too soon 😉 ??!!

Paati (my maternal grandmom) used to dish out and pack in yummy and slurpy Akkaravadisal (a sweet rice based pudding) on this day for my lunchbox, and friends used to borrow (and finish) my lunch box even before I could look at this dish. She used to make this in a unique Vengala Paathram (vessel made of bell metal, perhaps) and that lifted the dish’s taste several notches higher- my tribute to my loving paati through this dish, albeit with my non stick cutlery:-)

For those looking for the Instant Pot version, head here on my blog.

A video version is also included here


This goes to Priya’sBookmarked recipesand also to my own event : Indian Mithai Mela

Friends: Do check out a new event announcement at the end of this post !!

Prep time : 20 mins. Cooking time : 15 mins. Serves : 4

Ingredients to go:

  • Raw rice – 1 cup
  • Split Moong Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup (I reqd slightly more)
  • Jaggery – 1 cup approx
  • Ghee – 4 TBSP (split use)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 pinch (opt)
  • Garnish : Cashew, Saffron, Raisins


1) Wash and soak rice and dal separately for 10 mins.

2) Drain and fry them in 2 TBSP of ghee for 3 – 4 mins till a nice aroma wafts out.

3) Cook rice, dal, milk and water in a pressure cooker for 4 whistles on slow heat.

4) Powder the jaggery. Dissolve in 1 cup of water and stir in continuously on low flame till 1 string syrup is obtained. Filter throught a cheese cloth/ fine mesh to remove any impurities from the jaggery. Cool the syrup to room temperature (very imp)

5) Mash up the mixture from the pressure cooker finely. Add this jaggery syrup into the mixture and mix lightly till it incorporates.

6) Now add the powdered cardamom, saffron.

7) Fry cashew and raisins in remainign ghee and pour over the simmered payasam. And voila ! there you have yummy and slurpy Akkaravadisal !

8) Serve hot or cold.

Please note : The consistency of this dish should be semi solid. If the end preparation is too solid (tightly packed), stir in few TBSP of warmed milk. This dish can be eaten for upto 4 – 5 days under refrigeration !

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Now, to the event announcement :



  1. The pudding looks so gorgeous! I can't wait to try it 🙂

  2. @ Tes – thanks so much !

  3. Looks delicious…
    Happy Hosting Dear!

  4. The Pumpkin Farm

    Wow Kalyani, what an interesting & beautiful pudding.
    Also, will send in my entries for HLI soon.


  5. Happy hosting Kalyani.

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  6. Treat and Trick

    Looks tempting and yummy! Happy hosting too…


  7. wow, that looks what a delicious and mouthwatering recipe dear 🙂

  8. Nice event 🙂 Added in the food blog events calendar in my blog!

  9. Torviewtoronto

    happy hosting will send an entry
    delicious looking porridge
    please check out the event in my site regards Akheela

  10. Rice pudding looks so rich and delicious.

  11. Hi Kal, payasam looks delicious and nice event. will send my recipe soon.

    Saraswathi Iyer

  12. This looks really yummy, haven't had this before though.

  13. Hello friend,

    http://foodeventsannouncement.blogspot.com/ on this chalkboard I have entered in information about your event, so that foodie bloggers like us can find almost everything regarding ongoing food events on our blogspot. Please use the email section to add in your event and also spread a word amongst your blogger friends, so that they can also participate in the same. As we all know how tired some it becomes to search events and how depress we get when later we come to know that we have missed such event where we could have participated. A small effort from my side so that I and my friends don’t miss out any such event. In return all I need is follow http://foodeventsannouncement.blogspot.com/ and http://yummyfoodintummy.blogspot.com/ blog publicly 🙂 Information to be entered in you email is:
    Name of event:
    Blog URL:
    Event Logo attached
    In subject mention: Event Announcements

  14. Thanks for hosting.I already sent an entry.Hope it is matching with the requirements.Thanks again

  15. Hi Kalayani. Just sent in my entry.

  16. Very knowledgeable information, I like this.
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  17. Preeti Dubey

    Looks soo delicious. Thanks for your helpful tips and advises. I must try it today for my litte son.

  18. Anushka Jain

    Extremely beautiful and lovable post. Really admire your work.Keep posting more.

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