Aval Payasam

Aval / Poha also known as flattened rice is a great source of carbohydrates. It’s light on your tummy and can be used to make a variety of dishes both sweet and savoury.

I have made payasam / Kheer with the poha. It’s made for festivals like Krishna Jayanthi and is so tasty and rich. I have used thin flake poha here in this recipe but you can use medium thick flakes too.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins
  • Poha / Aval – 1 cup, thin
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Brown sugar – 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom – 2, crushed
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cashew – 7 to 8, broken
  • Saffron strands – for garnishing


  • In a pan, add 1.5 tbsp ghee and roast poha till crisp.
  • Add water and milk and allow it to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add crushed cardamom / Elachi.
  • Add sugar and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. I used thin variety poha and it got cooked under 5 minutes.
  • In 1.5 tbsp ghee, roast cashew till golden brown.
  • Add the roasted cashews to the kheer and serve warm or cold. Garnish with saffron strands.

Key Points

  • Time, milk quantity may vary depending on the thickness of poha used.
  • Adjust the sugar based on your taste. Mine was mildly sweet.

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