Kavuni Rice Payasam/Black Rice Kheer

Kavuni arisi in Tamil is known by various other names in English – black rice, emperor’s rice, purple rice and forbidden rice. As the name implies, the rice is black in colour as it has the black bran intact. This rice, which has a nutty flavour, comes packed with health benefits. From helping with diabetes prevention to reducing asthma risk and improving eyesight, this rice is a wonderful addition to our meals.

While this recipe uses this rice to make payasam (or kheer), the rice can also be used to make idli, dosai, etc.



  • Karuppu kavuni rice – 1 cup
  • Milk/Coconut milk – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Mixed, roasted & chopped nuts
  • A pinch of cardamom


  • Wash and soak the black rice overnight.
  • The next morning, transfer the black rice along with water (in the ratio 1:3) to a pressure cooker and cook for 6 whistles.
  • Turn off the flame and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Let the rice cool.
  • Grind the rice coarsely in a mixer jar.
  • Transfer to a serving dish.
  • Add milk/coconut milk.
  • Add sugar.
  • Add the mixed chopped nuts and cardamom.
  • Mix well with a ladle.
  • Adjust to the desired consistency by adding milk and serve.

Recipe contributed by Kauvery well-wisher Mrs. Lavanya Mukil
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