Monday, 18 March 2013

Moongil Arisi Maambazha Paayasam - Bamboo Rice Mango Kheer

            Summer and mangoes are like two inseparable twins that should be best used before their season ends. I am sure I'll be making this gorgeous "Moongil arisi maambazha paayasam" a few more times, before the heat subsides and I run out of mangoes. The sweetness of the mango and the flavours hits the palate on the very first sip and this is one dessert that will be the best part and the highlight of any meal. Though I call it a 'paayasam' it tastes nothing like a regular paayasam, but something thing that will make you raise your eyebrows, the moment the sweet and the aromatic melange of flavours touches the palate and surprise you for sure!

Cooked Bamboo rice              1/2 cup
Ripe Mango                         1/2 cup ( diced )
Ghee                                  1/2 tsp
Cashews                             5
Raisins                                5
Vanilla essence                     few drops
Sugar                                 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Thick Coconut Milk                1/2 cup
Second and third coconut milk  1 cup

Add the ghee in a cooking pan and roast the cashews and raisins.
Add the diced mangoes and stir until it breaks down to a mushy pulp. 
Add the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves and add the rice, the second and the third coconut milk and stir.
Boil until thick. Add a few drops of vanilla and the thick coconut milk.
Cook on low heat for a few minutes.
Serve warm or chilled. But the paayasam tastes best when chilled overnight and served the next day or at least leave it to rest for a few hours for the flavours to blend well with each other.

The mangoes I used were sweet and a little sour and so I had to use 3/4 cup of sugar, adjust the amount of sugar depending upon the sweetness of the mango used. 


  1. I could not check ur blog for few days, and guess have missed a lot of wonderful recipes. Nice look to ur page. Where in chennai do u get bamboo rice?

    just wanted to know if u have tried making tuticorin macaroons? i really want to make them, but not getting it the right way...

  2. Thanks Praba. I got the rice from Krishnagiri and not from Chennai. There is this shop called Kalpakshema in Chennai which had mentioned the rice in the list of products in their website, but on enquiry I was told that the rice was available only during the season when the bamboo flowers. May be, you will have to keep checking now and then, so that you don't miss when they are available. About the macaroons, if you have made a meringue before it should be easy for you to make macaroons too, as they are similar. Try making a basic meringue and you will get the hang of it.


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