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aval kesari served in a small bowl with a spoon in it

Aval Kesari | Vegan Flattened Rice Pudding

Aval Kesari recipe is a sweet Indian vegan pudding made with poha during Janmashtami. This vegan dessert recipe is easy and quick to make. Serve this as neivedhyam for Janmashtami or as a dessert on any other festive occasion. It's a classic South Indian dish made vegan!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 274.55kcal


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  • In a pan, add beaten rice, almond milk, and water. There is no need to soak the poha prior.
  • Add organic orange or yellow food color to the pan. Keep stirring on medium flame till the poha softens and thickens. This could take 5-7 minutes.
  • Gradually add sugar to it, stir and let this mixture come to a boil. Keep stirring on medium flame and it will begin to thicken.
  • This could take 8-10 minutes. There should be no lumps formed. Keep scraping the sides of the pan as you stir.
  • Once it stops sticking to the pan and comes together like halwa, add ghee and continue to stir it for another minute.
  • Chop some nuts and keep saffron strands ready. Take the pudding off the flame and garnish it with sliced almonds, and saffron strands.
  • Also add cardamon powder now, if you want. Mix it all well and take it off the flame.


Thick or thin, white or red poha can be used for this Kesari recipe. Poha can be dry roasted first before being used. You can also coarsely grind it to get a smoother texture. 
Make sure the poha or aval is fully cooked before you add sugar to attain a soft texture. Instead of sugar, feel free to use any other variety of sugar or jaggery.
Adding food color is optional. You can use natural colors like turmeric or skip adding it all together. As a result, the color of this Kesari will then be plain white. 
You can also add ghee-fried cashews and raisins for garnish. If you are not vegan, use regular ghee. It will give it an aromatic Indian flavor. 
The ratio of poha and water is 1:2. feel free to use any variety of sugar like brown, jaggery, or cane.
You can store the Aval Kesari in the fridge for up to a week. It can be kept in the freezer as well for 1-2 months. But it's best made fresh.


Calories: 274.55kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.54g | Protein: 3.12g | Fat: 7.02g | Saturated Fat: 4.22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.79g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.61g | Sodium: 57.97mg | Potassium: 59.6mg | Fiber: 0.93g | Sugar: 25.16g | Vitamin A: 0.08IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 68.88mg | Iron: 0.39mg