Aval Payasam Recipe (Atukula Payasam)

Updated: May 4, 2024, By Swasthi

Aval Payasam is a South Indian pudding made with flattened rice, jaggery, milk, nuts and raisins. It is a sweet dish mostly made on Shri Krishna Jayanthi and is also known as Atukula Payasam in Telugu. Lord Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the Hindu Supreme God Vishnu is worshipped as the god of love, protection and compassion. Every year Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated by Hindus across the globe to mark the birth of the Lord Krishna. This year it is celebrated on 26th August, 2024.

aval payasam also known as atukula payasam

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It is believed that flattened rice was one of his favorites, so various dishes made with it are offered to him during the puja. In this post I share an easy payasam recipe that you can make on the festive day and offer to the Lord.

About Aval Payasam

Aval is the Tamil word for flattened rice, also known as poha, beaten rice or parched rice. Payasam is a traditional South Indian pudding made with various grains, is sweetened with jaggery & flavored with cardamoms. Lots of cashews and raisins are fried in a generous amount of ghee which is lastly poured over the payasam.

This Atukula Payasam is made much the same traditional way except regular rice is replaced with Poha.

Fresh Homemade Butter, Curd, Cream, Milk, Ghee, Poha and jaggery are some of the traditional naivedyams offered on this day. It is believed that Lord Krishna loved all of those foods.

Various other toothsome foods like Ladoo, Butter Murukku, Thattai (Chekkalu), Seedai (Palakayalu) are also offered to the little Krishna.

All those traditional dishes take time so if you are unable to make any of them, Aval Payasam and Aval Ladoo are the quick options.

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How to Make Aval Payasam (Stepwise photos)


1. Skip this and the next step if using sugar. If using jaggery, making a syrup will enhance the taste of the jaggery. However you can also skip this and add jaggery powder towards the end and turn off the stove. But making jaggery syrup is the traditional way of making payasam. Add ½ cup grated/powdered jaggery and pour 3 to 4 tbsps water to a small pan.

adding jaggery water for aval payasam recipe

2. Dissolve and bring it to a boil. Let it bubble on a low flame. Off the stove when it turns sticky, don’t need to check any syrup consistency. Keep this aside to cool.

dissolve jaggery to make aval payasam

3. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons ghee in a pan. Fry 16 split cashews (8 whole) until slightly golden. Add 8 to 10 sweet raisins and fry until they turn plump. Remove them to a plate.

frying raisins to make aval payasam

4. Next ½ cup aval/poha and saute on a low flame for a few minutes until they smell good. This step enhances the flavor of the payasam.

fry poha in ghee

5. Mean while make a fine powder of 8 cashews and 2 tbsp poha or 1.5 tbsps rice flour.

powder poha cashews to make aval payasam

6. The powder has to be fine.

fine powder of cashews poha

7. Add this and fry well for a minute or two.

frying powder in ghee to make aval payasam

Make Aval Payasam

8. Pour 2 cups milk and stir well. Bring it to a boil on a medium high heat. Turn down to medium and cook until thick.

pouring milk to make aval payasam

9. When the poha turns soft and the payasam turns thick, add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder. If your payasam turns thick but poha remains hard, add ¼ more milk & cook.

soft cooked poha to make poha kheer

10. Turn off the stove and filter the cooled jaggery syrup. Make sure the syrup is cooled completely else it will curdle the aval payasam.

adding cooled jaggery syrup to aval payasam

11. Mix well and do not cook further. You can also add more ghee if you prefer.

drizzle ghee to aval payasam

Garnish with fried nuts and raisins. Offer as Naivedyam as per your tradition. We cool down the foods before offering.

Aval Payasam for Krishna Jayanthi

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Aval Payasam for Krishna Jayanthi

Aval Payasam Recipe for Krishna Jayanthi

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Aval Payasam or Atukula Payasam is a simple pudding made with flattened rice or beaten rice flakes. It is made the traditional way using jaggery, milk, ghee and nuts. It is specially prepared during Hindu festivals like Krishna Jayanti.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 8 cashew nuts (split before frying)
  • 8 to 10 sweet raisins (optional)
  • ½ cup poha /aval/ atukulu/ avalakki
  • 2 cups milk (can use ¼ cup more)
  • ½ cup jaggery grated
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Water to melt jaggery
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms powdered or ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder

To Powder – thickens the payasam

  • 2 tablespoons aval /poha or 1 to 1 ½ tsp rice flour
  • 8 cashews or 3 to 4 tbsp coconut


Make Jaggery Syrup

  • Add jaggery to a small pot along with 3 to 4 tbsp water. Melt the jaggery on a low flame. 
  • When the jaggery melts and begins to bubble up set this aside to cool completely. The syrup must turn sticky and don't need a string consistency.

How to Make Aval Payasam

  • Powder cashews and poha in a blender to a fine powder. Omit this step if using rice flour.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry the cashews until lightly golden. Add raisins and fry until they turn plump. Set these aside.
  • Add poha to the pan and keep frying on a low flame until they begin to smell good. Stir in the powered poha and saute for a minute or 2.
  • Pour milk and begin to cook on a medium heat until they turn soft. Stir often to prevent the milk scorching at the bottom.
  • In the meantime, payasam thickens as well and the jaggery syrup has to cool down completely.
  • Add cardamom powder. If using rice flour, stir it in ¼ cup milk. Make sure there are no lumps. Add it to the pot. Stir and cook on a medium heat until the payasam turns thick.
  • Filter the cooled jaggery syrup to the payasam. Turn off the stove and mix everything well. Do not cook further, take it off from the stove.
  • Add cashews and raisins. If desired some ghee as well. Serve aval payasam warm or cold.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Aval Payasam Recipe for Krishna Jayanthi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I think grinding cashews and poha is amazing. It made the payasam delicious.

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Nice recipe. So delicious everyone loved it thank you mam

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Delicious and tasty. Tried it first time and came out very good.

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Hi mam I tried this recipe and it was awesome my family loved it. Thank u

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Made this aval payasam with rice flour and cashew powder. I also added a little edible camphor for temple flavor. Was delicious. Thank you

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I tried it on janmashtami and it turned out to be an awesum dish….tq swathi

clear info and sounds appealing. today i will try for my guests

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Thank you.

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