How to make Akki Paayasa -

Bengal gram and coconut milk kheer

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Split Bengal Gram, Thin Coconut Milk (पतला कोकोनट मिल्क / नारियल का दूध)

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Desserts

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Akki Paayasa

Akki Paayasa Recipe Card


Karnataka cuisine comprises of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are full of flavour and taste. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age. 
The varieties in Karnataka cuisine have influenced the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. The cuisine also reflects influences from these four neighbouring states on its food habits. 
Being a coastal state, coconut is grown in abundance. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried coconut is put to excellent use in its cuisine.

Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Akki Paayasa Recipe

  • Split Bengal Gram 1/2 cup

  • Thin Coconut Milk halved 1/2 cup

  • Jaggery (gur) grated 1 cup

  • Rice flour 2 tablespoons

  • Thin coconut milk 1 1/2 cups

  • Thick coconut milk 1 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Soak chana dal in one and a half cups of water for two to four hours.

Step 2

Drain and cook along with cashewnuts in one and half cups of water till soft, taking care that the dal is not mashed.

Step 3

Take a pan, put grated jaggery in it. Heat.

Step 4

Add half a cup of water and stir till the jaggery dissolves.

Step 5

Add thin coconut milk to the melted jaggery mixture and cook on low heat till it comes to a boil.

Step 6

Mix rice flour in half a cup of water and make a smooth paste.

Step 7

Add this paste, a little at a time, to the simmering jaggery mixture and cook stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.

Step 8

Add green cardamom powder and mix. Continue to cook on low heat till the rice flour is cooked.

Step 9

Strain the cooked dal and cashewnuts and add to the boiling jaggery mixture. Mix well.

Step 10

Add the thick coconut milk.

Step 11

Mix well and take off the heat as soon as the mixture comes to a boil.

Step 12

Serve hot

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