Aval (Poha) Payasam


  • Aval – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Milk – 4 to 5 cups
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Cardamom Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cashew Nuts – few
  • Coconut – Cut into tiny bits – 1 tablespoon


  1. Fry the aval in a teaspoon of ghee. Fry the cashew nuts and coconut bits also. Keep it aside.
  2. Boil the milk and when it starts boiling, reduce the heat and add fried aval. Stir constantly till the aval is soft. Add sugar and stir well. Cook in low flame till the payasam is thick enough. Add fried cashew nuts, coconut bits and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  3. Note:  You can also coarsely grind the fried aval and make this payasam.


  1. Hi Kamala
    what type of Poha we use? The south indian brown or the thin north indian?

  2. Hi Raji,

    You can use any type of poha. However, if you use the light white Poha, then the payasam look white.

  3. Thanks Kamala.

  4. Suhasini Deepak

    Hello Aunty,

    Just now I made this kesari for today's nevidhyam.I also added milk along with water and it turned out well



  5. Rajalakshmi

    Shall I leave a small suggestion ?

    After frying the aval make a coarse powder and then make payasam. The payasam will become thick and children would love it as it…

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