Monday 10 June 2013

Red Aval Payasam / Poha Kheer / Matta Rice Flakes Payasam

This is a popular and easy to prepare payasam / kheer that is suitable for all special occasions.

Usually this is prepared with white rice flakes; here I have tried a healthier version using matta rice flakes (from kerala matta rice) which is rich in fibre and also low in calories when compared with white rice flakes. The earthy flavour gives a unique taste to the payasam; so try and relish!

Serves - 5 to 6 persons


Matta rice flakes - 1 ½ cup
Full cream milk - 6 cups
Sugar - 1 cup (adjust according to your taste)
Cashew nuts (Optional) - 10 (broken into pieces)
Saffron - Few strands
Cardamom powder - ¾ tsp


Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan; add the cashews and fry till the colour changes to golden brown. Keep aside.

In the same pan, add ghee and fry the rice flakes till you get a nice aroma and the colour changes to slightly golden brown.

Then add milk and allow to boil until the rice flakes becomes soft and the milk thickens. Add saffron in ½ cup warm milk; mix and keep aside.

Now, add sugar and give a thorough mix; allow to cook for another 5 – 10 minutes in medium flame.

Before taking out from the pan add cardamom powder, cashews and saffron milk.

Serve hot or cold (both tastes good).


When payasam is cooled, it tends to get thick. So before serving add some milk till it reaches the desired consistency.

You may also use white rice flakes to prepare this payasam. 

You can also grind the rice flakes coarsely before adding to the milk.


  1. mmmmm tempting payasam......

  2. healthy version of payasam..loved it

  3. Super tempting and delicious payasam,love it very much.

  4. healthy version of payasam :) looks delicious ..

  5. A really different & healthy kheer :) I love flakes with milk.. This one will surely win my heart :)

  6. Aval Payasam is very yummy and delicious Sweet dish. i love it. Thanks for sharing Recipe with us.. indian cook books

  7. to make this healthier can i use gur instead? how do i make it then as gur curdles milk....right?

  8. Great yaar.You have renainded me of my nanny who always says that red aval is much mire healthier than the normal ones

  9. its no doubt a healthy dish... however it can be made more healthy by adding palm sugar or jaggery... which also tastes very delicious...


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