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Thengai Payasam (Coconut Sweet Porridge)

Thengai_Payasam_Sweet_Coconut_Porridge_1 Payasam (sweet porridge) is part of festival food. Thengai Payasam is a traditional sweet dish prepared with coconut, rice and jaggery. Coconut and jaggery combination gives a nice taste to payasam.

Coconut is known as Thengai in Tamil and as Nariyal in Hindi. Jaggery is known as Vellam in Tamil and as Gur(d) in Hindi.

Cooking time: 15 minutes other than soaking time


  • Coconut – ½ shell
  • Chopped jaggery – ½ cup
  • Basmati or any rice – 1 table spoon
  • Cashew nuts and raisins – few
  • Cardamom – 4 no
  • Ghee – ½ tea spoon



  • Soak rice for 15 to 20 minutes and drain; grind soaked rice, coconut, cardamom to a fine batter.

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  • Boil jaggery in one cup of water till raw smell leaves, filter and keep it; heat a pan with ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins separately and keep.

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  • In the same pan, boil one cup of water; when this starts boiling add ground paste; add some water and stir continuously; as it is cooked, the colour and texture will change and if you touch with wet finger this won’t stick in your finger.

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  • Now add boiled and filtered jaggery water; adjust consistency as per your choice and cook for few more minutes; garnish with cashew nuts and raisins.

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  • Serve hot or cold.



  • Use fresh coconut and adjust sweetness by varying the quantity of jaggery.

{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Trendsetters March 2, 2010, 11:11 pm

    cool…looks yummy

  • Daisyblue March 3, 2010, 12:00 am

    I have never tried grinding the rice for making the payasam..looks neat & easy..will give a shot..

  • Jagruti March 3, 2010, 12:14 am

    Payasam looks yummy and tasty!!

  • Ramya Vijaykumar March 3, 2010, 4:47 am

    Yum yum payesh… never ground the mixture, that makes things easy too… Gotta make it your way!!! the pics are so yummy and inviting!!!

  • Vinolia March 3, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I can have paayaassam any time, one of my favorite drinks, looks perfect and this method is new to me too!!! tasty one!!

  • aparna August 27, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Thanks a lot, it came lovely….

  • Revathy October 8, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Very nice and delicious payasam..

    thank you..

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