Thursday, April 11, 2013

Phova Kheeri (Flattened Rice Payasam) ~ Ugadi Special!!

Phova Kheeri is a popular Jaggery based dessert. In Konkani, phovu means flattened rice and kheeri is nothing but pudding. This payasam is commonly made on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi

I got the recipe from a cook book (written Jaya Shenoy). I came up with my own measurements and it turned out very tasty. This kheer doesn't have any dry fruits and demands less ghee. Do give it a try and enjoy this simple jaggery based dessert.

  • Flattened Rice/Poha (Thick variety)- 1 1/2 cups
  • Ghee (clarified butter)- 2-3 tsp
  • Jaggery- 1 cup (adjust accordingly)
  • Coconut milk (thick)- 400ml (1 can or little more than 1 1/2 cups)
  • Cardamom pods- 4-5
  • Water- 2 cups


Take ghee and flattened rice in a pan and start frying it on a medium heat until a nice aroma is got (we are not looking for any color). This might take around 3-4 minutes. Then transfer the roasted flattened rice to a bowl.

Now in the same pan start heating water. When it comes to a boil, add the roasted flattened rice. Cook it until it turns soft slightly (for 2-3 minutes).

Then add the powdered jaggery and heat it further until the jaggery dissolves completely.

Finally add in the coconut milk and cardamom powder and mix well. Then turn off the heat.
Phova Kheeri is ready!!

Serve it hot or warm. Above measurement serves four people.