Kavuni Arisi payasam/Black Rice kheer/Black Sticky Rice Kheer-an healthy dessert

Kavuni Arisi Payasam or Black Rice Kheer is a traditional and authentic festival sweet of Chettinad region. It is completely healthy and extremely delicious payasam that all your guests will love. Kavuni Arisi or Black Rice is predominantly used in Chettinad cuisine as it is grown in plenty in the region.

Did you know : Black Rice or Kavuni Arisi has gained popularity to the level of a superfood. It is cultivated in northeastern and southern parts in India. Black rice also known as Forbidden Rice is deep coloured because of the presence of a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin making this variety of rice the revered amongst all rice varieties. Check out my Black rice puttu/kavuni arisI puttu

Black rice is high in nutritional value and is a source of iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants (more than in blueberries). The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and, like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste. In China, black rice is claimed to be good for the kidney, stomach, and liver. Black rice has a deep black color and usually turns deep purple when cooked. It is suitable for making porridge, dessert, traditional Chinese black rice cake, bread, and noodles. Black rice contains essential amino acids like lysine and tryptophan; vitamins such as thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), and folic acid (B9); and dietary minerals including iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus.” –  Wikipedia Source


Prep Time :  5 mins      Cooking Time : 30 mins

Soaking Time : 2 hours         Serves : 3-4


Kavuni Arisi/Black rice : 1/2 cup

Powder jaggery : 1 cup

Coconut Milk thin : 2 cups

Coconut milk thick : 1 cup

Cardamom powder : 1 tsp

Water : 1 cup

Ghee : 2 tbsp

Cashews : 5 into pieces

Almonds : 5 sliced

Sara paruppu : 1 tsp (optional)


  1. wash and soak black rice with a cup of water for 2 hours. Then starin the water, stock it for later use.
  2. Transfer drained black rice to mixer jar. Just give pulse speed 1-2 times.
  3. In pressure cooker add stocked water and coarsely grinded black rice. Then add in thin coconut milk, mix it. cover and pressure cook it for 15 mins on medium heat.
  4. Once air released add grated jaggery, cardamom powder, mix well. Allow to cook it for 5 mins.
  5. Now add in thick coconut milk, stir it. turn of the heat. lastly add in fried nuts with ghee. Serve hot. Healthy eating.


Wash and soak black rice with a cup of water for 2 hours
Then drain water completely, transfer black rice to mixie jar
Give pulse speed 1-2 times. It should coarse texture
Add a coarsed black rice with a drained water and thin coconut milk.
Pressure cook it for 15 mins on medium heat. once air released open and mix it well. see the texture in pic
Now add in grated jaggery, mix well
Add in cardamom powder, allow it to boil for 5 mins
Then add in thick coconut milk, boil for a min. Turn off heat
now add in fried nuts and sara paruppu with ghee.
Done. Serve hot. Healthy eatinggggg


  1. If you don’t like grinding to coarse texture, u can skip and cook black rice once you soaked it.
  2. If you don’t like to add coconut milk, can add normal milk too.
  3. Instead of jaggery can add nattu sakkarai, raw sugar, brown sugar also
  4. If you not having sara paruppu, can skip. I usually add sara paruppu to kheers.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Deepak Sudhakar says:

    Super recipe.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Ramyarecipes says:

    Nice and healthy dessert 👌

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank u Ramya. Yup it’s healthy one


  3. Megala says:

    Love this delicious payasam!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. deepa says:

      Thank u megala

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Nirant Gurav says:

    Amazingly beautiful receipe

    Liked by 1 person

    1. deepa says:

      Thank u so much

      Liked by 1 person

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