Kavuni Arisi (A Special Sweet Recipe for the New Year)

Sweet dishes! Something that children and adults alike cannot resist! Furthermore, if the sweet is made of the healthy kavuni rice, there is no reason not to indulge, is there?



  • Kavuni rice: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 1/2 cup (can be altered according to taste)
  • Ghee: 6 tablespoons
  • Grated coconut: 4 tablespoons
  • Cardamom: 4 or 5 pods


As black rice is very hard with high fibre content, it is necessary to wash the rice and soak it in water overnight.

In the morning, the water can be drained and the rice added to a pressure cooker with water in the ratio 1:1.5.

Cook for 3 to 4 whistles and once the pressure has settled down, open the lid.

Transfer contents to a pan and add the freshly grated coconut, sugar, ghee and cardamom to the cooked rice. The mixture will loosen up immediately after adding sugar.

Heat the mixture and stir well until combined. Once the desired consistency has been obtained, transfer to a cup and serve.

Note: The amount of sugar to be added depends on individual preferences. If you want to avoid sugar, you can use jaggery as a substitute.

 Benefits of Black Rice/Kavuni Rice:

  • Rich in antioxidants: The deep black or purple hue of black rice is an indicator of its antioxidant properties.
  • Natural detoxifier
  • Good source of fibre
  • Lowers risk of diabetes
  • Lowers risk of obesity
  • Rich in protein
  • Better heart health

Recipe contributed by Kauvery well-wisher Mrs. Lavanya Mukil
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