Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Annada payasa- Rice kheer

Hello friends!!! Hope you are all having a great Dassehra. I know I am having a good one. So much so that, I have not been able to post anything for almost a week. This year Dassehra is a little more hectic than usual. Maybe because my little was a wee bit easy to handle last year ;)
Coming to this recipe, this is my all time favourite desserts. Did you know that the rice kheer or Annada payasa is also the favourite of the goddess? The scriptures say that, the Goddess Lalitha or Parvathi loves this kheer so much that she is also known as Paayasaanna Priya (One who loves rice kheer). So you see, this elegant dessert is truly the food of the Gods. Now having said so much, I thought it was only apt for me to make this as an offering to the Goddess during Dassehra

This creamy rice pudding is so enticing that it is a true delight to the senses. The heavenly dessert is truly versatile as well. Despite the key ingredients are rice and milk, it can either be flavoured with the traditional cardamom and saffron or with the more contemporary vanilla. Even tough the dish might taste different, it would still be as delicious as ever.

Annada payasa recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: Almost an hour
Makes- 6 cups

Rice- 1 cup,
Milk- 8-10 cups
Ghee- 3tbsp
Sugar- 1-1/2 to 2 cups
Cardamom- 6, powdered in a mortar and pestle
Almonds- 10, chopped and powdered
Saffron- 1/4tsp, soaked in warm milk
Whole or skimmed milk powder- 5tbsp
Cashew nuts- 15, chopped into bite sized pieces
Raisins- 1/4 cup


  • Wash the rice in enough water and drain.
  • Heat a 1-1/2 tbsp of ghee in a pan and fry the rice on low flame till the rice turns light brown and fragrant
  • Add half a cup of water and 1 cup of milk and cook till the rice is completely soft.
  • Add the remaining milk, cardamom powder, soaked saffron and powdered almonds. Mix well and boil the mixture for a few min
  • Add the milk powder and boil till the mixture achieves a creamy consistency.
  • Take off the heat, add sugar and mix well.
  • Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add the chopped cashew-nuts and raisins.
  • Fry for 2min till the cashew-nuts turn brown and the raisins bloat.
  • Take off the heat and add the mixture to the cooked kheer and mix well.
  • Serve warm or cold.

Notes: The milk powder can be substituted with cream or half and half or condensed milk

I am linking this Payasa to CWS- Rice Which was started by Priya's and hosted by Reva 

and Dr. Sameena Pratap's Diwali Sweets event


  1. Very festive, love how thick n creamy it looks!
    Happy Navaratri to you n your family my dear :)

  2. Yummy kheer.. loved the presentation... Thanks for sending it to the event..:)

  3. Omg, wat an irresistible bowl, cant take my eyes from ur clicks..

  4. yummy yum rice pudding..looks irresistible!!
    first time here,glad to follow you :-)
    Do drop by my space too
    Erivum Puliyum

  5. wow...lipsmacking pudding..want to try it today for prasadam..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  6. Yum...looks so delicious.....nice pics

  7. delicious kheer,luks so tempting...

  8. Yummy Payesh! Have just prepared some today morning :-) Love your photos and the lovely presentation in a glass!

  9. Creamy & delicious kheer!! A perfect festive recipe :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. Looks delicious. I've made something similar :)

  11. great clicks!! kheer is just perfect for festivities...luks awesome !!

  12. I love kheer so much and haven't tried making it in ages!! Yours looks delicious. I must bookmark this and try soon.

  13. This looks so delicious! My mom used to make this all the time...fond memories. :)

  14. This looks really delicious..I should try this as soon as possible.thanks for the recipe dear..Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

    I am having a Giveaway..

  15. an all time favorite! Thanks for the little write up :) I am editing my post for kheer now.. LOL i guess it is the season. Wish you and yours a Happy Happy Diwali!


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