Mar 14, 2008

Aval Payasam and Cashew topped oatmeal cookies for the arusuvai food chain

I was pondering what to prepare with my favourite cashews and the aromatic cardamoms Dhivya had mailed me for the arusuvai food chain...We stay closeby and Dhivya came home this week..Wanted to prepare these dishes the day she came home..But could'nt make it...
I add both these exotic spices in almost any variety rice and sweet I prepare because they add extra flavor and richness..But I wanted to prepare something different..I love sweets and decided to make these two quick recipes..they came out really well..


This Aval Payasam is an excellent dessert after any heavy lunch..We had these cookies along with Cardamom Tea and they were really good..

Aval Payasam



Aval/Beaten Rice - 3/4 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Sugar -1/2 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Cashews - 8
Cardamom powder - 1 teaspoon
Raisins - 6
Ghee/butter - 2 teaspoons


Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and fry the cashews and raisins until you get a nice aroma..Keep them aside seperately..
In the same vessel add 1 teaspoon of ghee and the aval and roast it until they turn to a nice golden colour..The aval absorbs the ghee and this adds more flavour..Remove the aval from the vessel and keep it aside..
Now add the water to the vessel and bring it to a boil..Add the aval to the water and keep stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes..the aval gets cooked and becomes soft..Now add the sugar and mix until it has combined well with the aval..
Then add boiled milk and simmer until you get a thick consistency..During this process keep stirring occasionally as it might form a layer on the top..
Finally, add the roasted cashews and raisins and the cardamom powder and mix well..
Serve hot or cold..


Sending this to Think-Spice:Cardamom hosted this month by Easycrafts

Cashew topped oatmeal cookies

After much of googling I decided to make these chewy,spicy oatmeal cookies sprinkled with cashews..They made my kitchen smell wonderful while they were baking..Here is how I prepared these cookies..


Makes 10 cookies

Butter/Ghee - 1/2 cup
Brown sugar - 1/2 cup
White sugar - 2 tablespoons
Egg - 1
Vanilla extract - 1/4 teaspoon
Maida/All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Ground cinnamon - 1/4 teaspoon
Ground cloves - 1/4 teaspoon
Baking soda - 1 pinch
Salt - 1 pinch
Oats - 1/2 cup
Cashews - 3 or 4 powdered coarsely


In a large vessel mix together 
softened butter,brown sugar,white sugar,egg and vanilla extract until they form a smooth mixture..
Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt..
Stir these dry ingredients into the sugar mixture.. Stir in the oats...
Take this mixture and drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets...


Sprinkle the coarsely ground cashews over these cookies..
Preheat oven to 350 degrees..
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until they turn into a light and golden colour..Do not overbake them..
Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in an airtight container..


I also made refreshing cardamom tea with the cardamoms sent by Dhivya..
Thanks a lot Dhivya..It was indeed great fun participating in this arusuvai chain..


  1. WOW!! Both dishes look awesome. I have to make aval payasam once, looks delicious! Enjoy DV!:)

  2. Tooooooo good divi.......payasam itself sounds toooooo good.My mail id is

  3. U guys are having fun in LA. Great way to use the Arusuvai ingredient :)

  4. Wow!divya,,kalakal and healthy cookies...great way u've used the ingredients...such an innovative idea..aval payasam looks great ..btw nice pics too..keep rocking girl

  5. hey Divya, both dishes looks delicious.

  6. Two dishes...A very nicely used ingredient...should try the biscuits....

  7. 2 Dishes! Wow!! Aval Payasam looks yum, never tried it myself yet...Cookies look delicious.

  8. Love both the dishes,Sweetie!
    So both you Dhivyas live near by!!!:) great!..just saw her rasagullas in her place..
    Nice to see arusuvai spreading like a forest fire in US!! :)

  9. Thanks DV, for visiting my blog..
    Now so many Divyas are here..!!
    I like aval and so the paayasam too.. :)

  10. Wow....the payasam looks great!!!

  11. payasam..cookies are really looking awesome.

  12. hi divya thanks for visitig my blog. Aval payasam is a dish i haven't tried before . A wonderful way of presenting the good old aval. Will definitely try.

  13. aval payasam is something I've been wanting to try. The cookies look good.

  14. Aval payasam is a handy dessert and you have ued the surprise ingredients well Dhivya!

  15. Wonderful use of the ingredient, Divya! Love the cookies and payasam. The pics are so tempting.

  16. yummy payasam with surprice ingredients beautiful cookiessss too

  17. aval payasam is next on my payasam list...nice one

  18. super kalakkal. very nice. healthy food also.

  19. The cookies look absolutely gorgeous! Cashews in cookies are my favorite.

  20. Oooh, that payasam looks DELISH!!! I am more of a payasam fan and then cookie, so I drooled over that first!!!

  21. Asha - try the payasam..its delicious

    Annu - thanks Annu..ill contact u soon

    Cham - Yes we had fun Cham..It was nice meeting Dhivya..

    Dhivya - Thanks a lot Dhivya

    Trupti,Kamala,Rachel - thanks for ur comments friends

    Seema- do try them..they taste great

  22. Bharathy,seena,homecooked,Lavi - Thanks ppl for dropping ur valuable comments

    Vandana and Laavanya - Do try the payasam..Its quick to prepare too

    Raks,Uma,Sagari,Ec,Nupur,Srikar,CookAt heart - thanks for ur comments friends

  23. Hey...very nice recipe, both looks yummmm :)

  24. Aval payasam is one of my fav too. easy to make and tastes great.I have one in my blog too. Oatmeal cookies look lovely.

  25. divya..did u like those masala paratha?

  26. wow, that payasam looks delicious, and so do the cookies!! nice use of the ingredients Divya:)

  27. Lovely payasam...I too made them some time back for the first time and loved it a lot...thanks for sending it to the event

  28. Hi Divya,

    Had read about this post on your post post on egg biryani. Plagiarism seem to spreading so fast. Thats sad indeed that people don't even recognise the efforts others put in.

    Well, I made this aval payasam as a dessert after lunch. Yum! it has a simple taste which is heavenly.. :) Thanks for sharing.. :)

  29. Payasam and cookies look yum yum! Loved ur snaps too :)

    I have posted my version of aval payasam in my blog. Do visit my blog in ur free time. Would be happy to receive ur comments:)

  30. aval payasam is wonderful.

  31. Have removed that photo.
    Sorry for inconvenince caused

    You can check it on -


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