Arisi(Rice) Payasam

Arisi payasam is one such traditional delicacy made for Tamil New Year and Puratassi Saturdays in our households.
This payasam is a delicious one with the richness of coconut milk and the flavor of cardamom and the edible camphor.
The payasam will be slightly the darker in color but jaggery I used is golden so didn't get much of color.Now off to the recipe..............................................


Raw rice/pacharisi1/4cup
Jaggery(powdered)/vellam/brown sugar3/4cup
Thick coconut milk11/4-11/2cups
Coconut(grated) 1tbs
Coconut(finely chopped)2tsp
Cardamom powder/ellakaigenerous pinch
Edible camphora mustard size

  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes,drain the water completely and pulse it in a blender coarsely.Dissolve the jaggery in 1/4 cup of water and boil it for couple of minutes or till it dissolves,pass it through a strainer.Fry the cashews and chopped coconut bits in the ghee and keep it aside.
  • In a pan boil a cup of water and add the coarsely powdered rice,cook it till its almost done.Now add the jaggery water to the cooked rice,cook it for a boil.
  • At this stage add the coconut milk and the grated coconut,let it boil for a minute or two,put off the flame.Finally add the cardamom powder,fried cashews,coconut bits and the edible camphor,mix it well.
  • Delicious and creamy arisi payasam is ready.
  • Serve it warm.


  • The payasam gets thick once it becomes cold so adjust the consistency.
  • Don't add the edible camphor more otherwise it will be over powering.
  • Add the jaggery syrup after the rice is completely cooked.

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payasam looks so yummm .. a new vegan variety of payasam, nice option for ppl who are vegan :) looks super yummmm dear :)

Payasam looks so drool worthy and delicious. A very Happy and auspicious new year to you.

This is one of my fav one. Nicely presented

Nalini, happy new year. Payasam sounds delicious. Sometimes we get the dark jaggery but otherwise our payasam's also look a shade lighter!

Payasam looks yum ....nicely done

Very nice presentation...and yummy payasam long time since made a payasam with just rice alone..

Very pleasing and inviting payasam..Drooling here Nalini.

looks so so nice aks... inviting one...

wow delicious payasam dear and cute presentation...

Its been ages since I ate this. Looks awesome.

Amma makes this arisi payasam but only with grated coconut and without coconut milk. Looks tempting Nalini.

Nice presentation, looks so tempting..

Nice recipe.. payasam looks delicious..

coconut milk in kheer is new to me, must have been yummy

Wow.. yumm and delicious kheer

At my place, arisi is used only for paal payasam. Jaggery and coconut milk is used for dal payasams. Good to learn about a new combination!

Addition of coconut milk makes it richer!

Addition of coconut milk is the only difference between our Andhra Payasam and your version. Sounds delicious.

Delicious one, haven't tried with coconut milk

love coconut milk in payasam or kheer - they make them extra special!! so flavorful and so tasty!
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