Aravana Payasam also fondly termed ‘Nei Payasam’ is an important ‘prasadam’ offered at the famous pilgrim centre ‘Sabarimala’. Aravana Payasam is delicious and the ghee flavored payasam will make you tempt for more and more. The dish is unique and special with cooked rice blended with flavorful ghee and jaggery. You can easily prepare the dessert at home with very limited ingredients. Store the dessert in air tight containers. The dish is healthy and soothing for tummy with no artificial flavors. You can explore a well detailed recipe here.
For preparing the delicious dessert, first wash rice thoroughly in water and strain properly. Make the rice well dried so no water particles are left. If water is present it will burst when rice is fried.
Fry the rice in 4 tsp of ghee so that the rice gets the ghee smell. Take care that the rice is not over fried.
Cook the rice by adding water appropriately and make sure it is not over cooked.
Add half cup of ghee to the rice now and blend the rice and ghee on a low flame.
:- Slow cooking makes this payasam very tasty.
Add jaggery to this rice and cook for some more time making sure that rice is not over cooked.
Add the rest of the ghee slowly to this, blending so well, on low flame so that the rice, jaggery and ghee blends together and the ghee starts coming out from the sides of the pan.