Nei Payasam

Nei means “ghee” and this is prepared using rice,jaggery and ghee..This is traditionally served as prasadam to the devotees in bhagavthy(Devi) temples of Kerala.This is also called sharkkara payasam,ambhala payasam or neivedya payasam.



  1. Unakkalari\Payasam Rice – 1/2 cup
  2. Jaggery(grated) – 1/2 cup
  3. Water –2 1/2 cups
  4. Ghee – 1/2 cup
  5. Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  6. Rock sugar cubes – 1 tbsp
  7. Cashews – 10
  8. Raisins – 10
  9. Cardamom Powder(optional) –1/2 tsp
  10. Banana(small,Chopped)




  1. Boil water in a pressure cooker and once it starts boiling, add rice to it and cover and cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Heat a heavy bottomed pan or Uruli and transfer the cooked rice to it. Add grated jaggery(or you can melt jaggery with water till it gets thick.strain to remove impurities) and ghee.
  3. Stir well on low flame for 10 minutes to get the jaggery melted and mixed well with ghee and rice.Once it is thick,add grated coconut,raisins,rock sugar,cardamom powder and cashews.Cashews and raisins to be fried in ghee before adding to the payasam.
  4. Add chopped banana pieces to it and mix.Serve warm.


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3 Responses

  1. Ramesh Kumar Gopal says:

    Good to see this recipe on your site.

    If one wants the authentic temple offering then, the raisins, cashews and cardamom powder should be avoided.

    As an improvement to the original, always filter the impurities from the melted jaggery.

  2. wow delicious recipe…luks yum..

  3. Veena says:

    something new.. sounds interesting

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