With Onam round the corner, I was thinking of what I could make this time. Something which I have not yet tried is what I wanted to do and that is when on my search in my kitchen drawers I came across some Aval ( beaten rice or also known as Poha) . I thought for a while and then then decided in making a sweet dish.
Beaten rice is indeed good for health and it just takes very less time to make this dessert. Onam is a festival that is celebrated all across Kerala and the dishes prepared for the festival is the main attractions. The whole ‘SADHYA’ would include rice along with about 13 varieties of vegetarian side dishes and to end it wonderful ‘Payasams’ would be there. It is something like, Onam without Payasam/Kheer is incomplete.
This recipe is simple and is not very sweet. We are basically not much sweet lovers and so I have substituted sugar with Condensed milk. The out come was just great and I had my entire make emptied within no time. I made this in a large batch, you could make alterations as per your requirements.
Servings – 10-15
3 cups Beaten Rice flakes / Aval
1 lite Milk
1/2 – 3/4 tin Condensed milk ( based on your level of sweetness)
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1 tbsp of Ghee or butter
1 tbsp of Cashews
1 tbsp of raisins.
. Wash the beaten rice/ aval thoroughly and drain the water. Keep this aside. You need to be a bit quick here as the rice flakes tend to take up water if too much is being used.
. In a pan, heat some butter and roast the cashews first and then the raisins and keep it aside.
. In deep bottom pan, heat the milk. when the milk starts to boil, add in the washed Aval/Rice flakes and stir.
. When the rice flakes get cooked and the milk gets reduced to about half the volume, add the condensed milk and cardamom powder and stir well. I used only 1/2 tin condensed milk.
. Stir till all the contents are mixed well and turn of flame.
. Garnish with the roasted cashews and raisins and serve either hot or cold.
A wonderful dessert of all times.
Note: Keep stiring continuously as there is a tendency for the mixture to get sticking to the bottom.
The rice flakes gets cooked pretty fast, so make sure that you add them only when the milk starts to boil and then stir continuously keeping the flame on low heat.
Recipe sent to Event – Indian Festival Recipes – By Archana’s Kitchen