Thursday, July 23, 2020

Sweet Kavuni Arisi | Black Rice Pudding

Sweet Kavuni Arisi, a finger licking delicious pudding made from glutinous black rice. In tamil, black rice is known as "Kavuni Arisi" or "karuppu arisi" and it's one of the famous sweets from chettinad cuisine of Tamilnadu. Chettinad Cuisine has many unique recipes and this kavuni arisi is one among them and it's usually served in their marriage feast. 

Black rice is popular in east asian countries and you may wonder how come that is entered in tamil kitchen. In the old days, the chettiar community had trading business with many east asian countries and during their travels, they brought this rice to their home and the talented ladies of their home invented this super delicious sweet. The glutinous nature of this rice gives such a gooey & sticky texture and makes it so delicious.
Black rice is also known as forbidden rice in China because in olden days, only the wealthy people could afford to eat it . It's a very hard rice and needs overnight soaking before cooking. Although this rice has a very dark black color(see below pic) , it usually  turns into a beautiful dark purple color when cooked. I'm kind of obsessed with this dark purple color, it's so beautiful and vibrant !! 

Can I use other varieties of rice  for this sweet?
No, black rice is what makes it special. 

Can I use other types of sugar like coconut sugar or  jaggery?
Yes, definitely you can use it. But in a  traditional method, sugar is used so i'm stick to that for the recipe.

Where can I find black rice ?
In Tamilnadu, you can check for "Kavuni arisi" or "Karuppu arisi "  or "black rice " in the local grocery shop or you can source it from many online grocery shops. In US/Canada, it's available in most of the grocery stores in the rice section. I got mine from Bulk Barn which is my recent favorite food store to try anything new because where you can scoop the needed quantity instead of buying the whole pack.

Can I store the leftover pudding in the  refrigerator?
Yes, you can. Like payasam/sakkarai pongal, you can put the leftover in a box with the lid on. Just before serving, you can microwave it for a few secs to bring back that gooey texture or you can put it in a small bowl and keep immersed in hot water for a while. 

Ok, now let's check out on how to make this unique and delicious sweet.

Sweet Kavuni Arisi | Black Rice Pudding

Preparation Time : 8 hrs | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Black rice - 1/4 cup
Water - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp

Wash the rice once and soak it in enough water for overnight.
Next morning, discard the soaked water and add the rice into the pressure cooker along with 3/4 cup of water and cook it for 3 whistle.
Once the pressure released from the cooker naturally, open it and give a good mix with a laddle. Again put it on the heat and add the sugar, mix it well. 
Once the sugar completely melts, add the cardamon powder and coconut. Mix it well. Finally add the ghee and let it in the flame for 2-3 more mins. 
Tasty and flavorful sweet kavuni arisi is ready. 

Related : How to make Kavuni arisi payasam/ Black Rice Kheer

For more sweet recipes, check out here  
  • Soaking the rice overnight is very important otherwise the rice is really hard to cook.
  • For mild sweetness, you can use only 3 tbsp of sugar.
  • Coconut gives great flavor to the sweet.
  • Kavuni arisi tends to thicken as it cools down.

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