It is also called Awal paayaasam, rice flake pudding, pressed rice pudding or beaten rice pudding.
Aval is also called attukulu, atukulu, avval, avvalaki, avalakki , poha or rice flake.
Payasam is also called payas.
- Rice flakes: ¼ cup
- Milk – 2 cups
- Sugar: ¾ cup
- Cashew nuts: 5 to 10
- Raisin (Kismis / ular drakshai): 5 to 10
- Almond (Badam): 4 to 6 (optional)
- Pista: 4 to 6 (optional)
- Cardamom powder: A pinch
- Ghee (nei / clarified butter): for frying
- Saffron: A few strands (optional)
Method of preparation:
- Fry badam, pista, kismis and cashew nuts in ghee.
- Break them into small pieces.
- Boil milk under low flame.
- Roast a little the rice flakes (with a very little ghee) till golden brown.
- Add the rice flakes with boiling milk and stir.
- Add sugar and stir. Add pista, badam, kismis, cashew nuts and cardamom powder.
- Remove from heat.
- Garnish with saffron.
- Serve hot or cold with great pleasure.