September 23, 2009

Navaratri Day 1 ~ Neipayasam & Vella Avil

I make  payasam for nivedhyam, after the pooja in the morning, during Navarathri. Sundals are for evening. So it is two prasadom at home for the nine days. This time I decided to make different payasams on all the nine days. Else it used to be vella payasam ( jaggery and rice payasam) on most of the days.

Day ~1
Neipayasam  & Vella Avil

I have already posted the recipe for Neipayasam .

Vella Avil  ~  Beaten rice flakes cooked in jaggery syrup

Avil/Beaten rice flakes - 2 cups

Powdered jaggery - 1 1/2 cup

Water -1/2 cup

Ghee - 2 tablespoon

Fresh grated coconut - 3 tblspn

Powdered cardamom/elaichi - 1 tspn

Thick variety of avil is usually used for making.. If you can get the matta/brown avil , all the more better. Wash and soak in enough water for 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze the water out of the avil. Leave it on the colander for 5 minutes.

Melt jaggery in 1/2 cup water. Strain to remove impurities if any. Heat the syrup to one thread conistency. check the consistency by dropping little syrup in a tablespoon of water. You should be able to roll it into a smooth ball. Stir in the soaked avil. Gently mix. Continue cooking till all the moisture dries up. Add ghee, grated coconut and cardamom and mix well. It might look sticky and goeey. When it comes to room temperature, avil will look separate and firm.


  1. looks yumm..being in india now,I am getting to eat varities of sundals and other prasadams everyday!!!

  2. Prathibha, do try it. I am sure you will like.

    Priya, thanks.

    Soumya, wow, you are in India. Enjoy dear.

  3. Best wishes for Navarathri. LOve the golu pictures. Wish I was in Kerala right now. :)

  4. Great looking prasadams Jayasree..lovely to see them!..

  5. Nei payasam is some ting that I shd ddef try. But the problem lies in the fact that I am not so convinced in the quality of the jaggery available here. It`s not that dark variety...and many of the ones here have a little bit of salt in them!!!



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