May 31, 2019

Akki Kadlebele Paayasa | Rice Lentil Pudding - Vegan Dessert

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This paysam is a speciality of Karntaka a southern state in India . Akki meaning Rice and Kadlebele means Gram Dhall and Paayasa is kheer  .
Akki Kadlebele Paayasa is an easy as well as a very healthy payasam to make .
Why do I call it healthy is because, it doesn't make use of white sugar , milk or ghee like the normal kheer or paysam that we make . For those following Vegan diet , this is an apt dessert for functions or get togethers because we are going to use coconut milk in the preparation.

Preparation Time - 20 mins
Cooking Time - 40 mins
Serves - 3 -4
Complexity - medium

1/2 cup rice
2 tablespoons  channa dhall / gram dhall/ kadalai paruppu
1 cup fresh grated coconut or 200ml coconut milk (ready made)
2 tsp cardamom powder /elaichi powder
1 cup powdered jaggery  (adjust as per your taste)
Few cashewnuts
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)


  • Melt the jaggery in hot water and filter it for removing impurities and keep aside.
  • Wash the rice and dhall well under running water and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.  Add 1 cup water while pressure cooking.
  • Meanwhile , if you are using fresh coconut, grind it in a mixie or blender with 1/4 cup water and extract the coconut milk by filtering it . You can take second extract also by adding some more water . Coconut milk is ready .
  • If using ready made coconut milk, skip the above step. 
  • In wide kadai or pan, add 1/2 cup water and slightly mash the rice and dhall and add it to this water and cook for 5 mins . 
  • Add the jaggery syrup ,mix well and continue to cook till the jaggery and rice blend well . You can add little water, if you feel it is too thick.  Keep stirring occasionally to avoid burning. 
  • Lastly add the cardamom powder and coconut milk and bring to a rolling boil and switch off. Don't cook too much after adding coconut milk  , it will split and spoil the texture and taste .
  • Dry roast the cashews until crisp and add to the paysam or you can fry them in coconut oil and add it too .
  • Paysam will tend to get thick as time progresses.  To dilute you can add little warm water just before serving. 
  • If not following vegan diet , regular milk can be added to dilute if found to be very thick. 

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