Kari ~ Cinnamon Flavored Rice Coconut Payasam

This month seems to be a month of guest posts!!! Hehe… The earlier one was the Masala Aleesa for Yummy Foods, now this one… 🙂 Blogging has opened up doors and windows to many mutually respecting and nourishing friendships. I must say that even though I have not met Humi personally, – InShaAllah, hope to meet her very soon after sorting out our schedules- I have always felt good about chatting to her about general issues and food, of course. She has been one sister who has been so kind to acknowledge my existence each and every time. Every comment of hers brightens up my day and I look forward to the classic traditional recipes that she shares on her page. Please do not think I am flattering you, Humi… it’s just the way I feel for you…

When she requested me to dPino a guest post for her blog, I was very much keen to take onto it and another thing I wanted to do was to give her a very specific recipe that belongs to my background. That is why I thought, why not give a recipe which is made by my umma, when she has a lot of guests to entertain! That includes days like Eid as well. Since this is not made really frequently, all our uncles who visit us have more than a serving when they come over to have it. Personally speaking, I am not very fond of it but the HD and kids are, so I know for sure I will need to make this for them in the future!

So to know how Kari, which is a cinnamon flavored rice and coconut payasam, is made, hope on to Humi’s space! JazakAllah khairan dear for providing me a lovely space on your blog. Definitely I treasure this moment and hope our friendship only keeps blooming, InShaAllah… 🙂



Kari ~ Cinnamon Flavored Rice and Coconut Payasam

Course Payasam
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 cup rice soaked overnight
  • 1/4 coconut grated
  • 500 ml water
  • 200 gm jaggery or as per sweetness
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon 1 inch each, slightly pound
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large ripe plantain nenthrapazham, chopped
  • Sufficient water


  • Coarsely grind the rice and coconut in your blender.
  • Mix the water, jaggery, cinnamon and cardamom and bring to boil, till the jaggery is melted. Add the coarsely ground rice mixture and give it a nice stir. Add in the salt and the plantain.
  • Cook till the mixture starts to thicken, around 5 minutes. Check for the sweetness and adjust the salt levels.
  • Add water to slightly loosen the mixture. Serve warm.
  • The payasam thickens when kept and therefore, just before serving, add some warm water and give it a nice mix.
  • The taste of this payasam is primarily the cinnamon, and also gives the sourness of the cooked plantain. You may replace the plaintain with some cooked chana dal as well, which is another variation.

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  1. Thanks Rafee for being a part of this celebration. Loved having you at my space.

    1. it was such a pleasure doing the post for you, humi… 🙂

  2. Congrats Rafee..will go over to see the recipe.

    1. thank u so much meena…

  3. very healthy dessert dear :)love the combo rice and coconut 🙂

    1. thank u so much manjula… 🙂

  4. congrats again Rafee ! off to Humi's space to check out the recipe !

    1. thank u so much shree…

  5. delicious dessert.

    1. thank u so much sona…

  6. Congrats Rafee and off to Humi's space for the recipe 🙂

    1. thank u so much rekha… 🙂

  7. Congratulation dear, 6 guest posts in 6 months! Heading over to check it out 🙂

    1. thank u so much ambreen… 🙂

  8. Hey Rafee,
    you have a great space here…going through all the recipes you have shared!:)

    1. thank u so much aish… hope you njoy ur stay here… 🙂

  9. Congratz Rafee & the coconut paysam looks very yummy. Will visit her place for recipe.

    1. thank u so much sharon…

  10. mouthwatering dessert…

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  11. congrats rafee…recipe looks soo delicious!!!

    1. Thank u so much dear….

  12. The sweet person you are, no wonder you are so popular with those requesting guest posts Rafee 🙂 Congrats and loved the recipe over at Humis space. I have never had this kind of a payasom. Sounds absolutely delish 🙂

    1. thank u so much for your lovely comments, priya… u made my day!!! 🙂 🙂 xoxo… this is a very traditional payasam, made by umma now and then, very much into the malabar cuisine category! 🙂

  13. love that traditional type recipe rafee….

    1. thank u so much divya… 🙂

  14. Looks delicious…thanks for sharing!

    1. thank u so much asiya…

  15. Loved the payasam dear.. U keep on rocking with more guest posts 🙂 Love them !!

    1. Thank u so much dear… 🙂

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