Rice payasam

Rice payasam
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 1 ¼ hours

Rice payasam is a South Indian rice pudding recipe made with cardamom pods and cashew nuts.


  • 150g Patak’s Basmati Rice, washed
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 100g grated palm sugar (from Waitrose) or unrefined brown sugar
  • 200ml full-fat milk
  • Seeds from 5-6 green cardamom pods, ground
  • 50g mix of cashew nuts and raisins 


  1. Soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes. Drain, put in a saucepan with the coconut milk and swish out the can with 100ml water. Cook over a medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender.
  2. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Add the milk and cook over a low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cardamom. Lightly dry-fry the cashews and raisins and stir through. Serve warm or chilled with mango.


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