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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kavuni Arisi (A special Chettinad Sweet)

This is my 100th blog. Many of my readers wanted this recipe for a long time. But I reserved this special chettinad sweet for posting as the century item.
This is a chettinad sweet delicacy which I think can be had only here. I understand what is going in everybody’s mind now. What is it special? Why it can be had mainly in chettinad only? The answer to these questions are, Mainly this sweet is made out of a special kind of rice grown in this region ,which after grinding will be red in color and will be needle like. Don’t confuse this rice with the red (kaikuthal Arisi) available in Kerala. I come to know that a very fine quality of this rice is available in Singapore. Once you have this rice, preparation is very simple. This rice after cooking will be sticky. That is the quality that makes it ideal for a sweet. In chettinad we get this rice hand grinded also.

Kavuni Arisi-1 cup
Sugar-1/2 cup (according to taste)
Ghee-1 table spoon
Grated coconut-2 tablespoon
Cardomom-4 or 5
This rice is little difficult to get cooked. So soak the rice for 3 to 4 hours before preparing. Pressure cook the rice adding 3 cups of water in medium fire for 10 to 12 minutes. The rice should be cooked very soft till the white pulp in the red outer shell of the rice comes out. After opening the cooker if you find it not properly cooked, Cook for some more time. Try to smash the rice with a ladle when the heat is there. If there is excess water, strain it. After smashing, add the sugar checking for the taste in between. Powder the cardamom with a teaspoon of sugar. Add that along with the ghee and mix well. The sweet is ready. If you find the rice you are using needs more water to cook, add more next time and vice versa


Cilantro said...

Congrats on your 100th post.
My mother-in-law makes Kavuni Arisi and she adds some coconut milk.
There is a similar Thai dessert called the sticky rice.

Kayal said...

Congrats on your 100th post. I have never heard of this rice. Looks awesome.

Gracyvivek said...

hai achi,
i am veryyyy happy finally i got what i wanted thanx for accpting my request nd posting kavuni arisi recipe...
congrats and do like this for ever...


rsaro said...

Hello Aachi,

Great blog, great recipes and a great 100th post.... Atlast a sweetdish (been waiting for long).. Though we don't get that rice here I will surely try it back in India.

Anonymous said...

First time hearing about this Kavuni rice. Edukagavae chettinad visit panannum.

Thanks for sharing 100 chettinad recipes.

Supri said...


This is a great blog n an excellent collection of chettinad recipes.

Kavuni arisi is available in chinese stores here in US. It is available as black glutinous rice. Though we have to compromise on the taste a little bit, it sure is a gr8 substitution to make this excellent sweet dish.

Ramkumar said...

Hello Achi,

Congratulations on your 100th post! Your blog is great and you are doing excellent work. I have learned many chettinadu recipes through your blog.

Well, just a couple of days ago I bought Kavuni rice from Chinese shop to make some sweet dish for my friend's pregnant wife. Both are 'Nagarathar' and she like very much this dish. I want to give surprise to her but I don't know how to make it. So I did search in Google but got all 'Thai' style recipes.

Today, when I was browsing your blog, just I jumped seeing 'Kavni Airisi' recipe. I could not believe myself and it is really surprise and awesome for me.

Thank you very much for your all great recipes and I wish you to do more and share with us.

Keep rocking Achi!

Many Thanks,
Dr. P. Ramkumar,
Southampton, UK.

Dibs said...

Congatulations on your 100th post! Looks like must travel to Chettinad just to taste this sweet! I wonder what this arisi is called in English / Chinese. If its in Singapor - then surely may be avilable in Chinese shops in australia (I live in Sydney) as well!

Deepa said...

Congrats for your 100th blog ma'am!

I followed your tip of marinating fish/chicken before making gravies. The result is awesome.
Previously I used to marinate them only before frying.

Expecting a lot more mouth-watering dishes and useful tips from you.

Thank you.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Congrats on your 100 th post dear. I have tasted this very long time ago when I was a kid . Love this sweet very much. In our native We used to grow this rice specially in our paddy field, in a small corner just for the family use. Times changed....I can't see the rice around. Nice post.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou all for congragulating me on my 100th post.To be honest it is the encouragement and interest shown by you all have made me write this much.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Viki,Very nice to know that you people used to grow this rice in your field those days.

Gowri said...

hi achi,
am a big fan of your recipes. love this dessert...thank you so much. here is S'pore it is popular dessert too, done with local flavor. Almost the same except that we top it with coconut milk just before serving. For a healthy version, i top it with fresh milk. the milk should not be stirred together. its simply yummy to just scoop it and eat it...

Kamala said...

congrats. this dish is completely new to me. thanks for sharing.


umayal achi said...

Thanks for great recipes my grand mother prepares this recipe. As you mentioned i bought kerala rice which was given by shop owner in madurai.I am intrest to make this dish for my children, those who are comming for vaccation. pls guide me where to buy kavniarisi.I am locking forward to see next recipe.Thankyou,

Solai Chidambaram said...

Umayal achi,You can get good kavuni Arisi in pillayarpatti.Ask in the shops selling photoes where to get.they will tell you the exact location.In the departmental stores in Karaikudi also you can get.I think in departmental stores in Madurai also you can mention the name and ask for.

Madhu Pravin said...

I love this dish... My mom and amachi used to make this for me so much that I wouldn mind to take three times a day... Thank You so much for posting the recipe... I'd be glad if you could provide all the foodies the recipe for "Azhagar Kovil Dosai". I miss the dosa so much. It'd be helpful if you could post the recipe. I really wanted to impress my Husband and my In-Laws. Thank You!

Meena said...

just found your blog today, Awesome. All the stuff I learnt from my mom and Grandma. Just a tip for anybody who want to make Kavunarisi in USA, I get it from korean or Asian stores,its name is Black Gluten Rice.

Shri said...

Hi aunty,

Thanks for posting chettinadu recipes.Can you please post recipe for chettinadu aadikool sweet.


Madhu Pravin said...

Ma'am, plannin to prepare this for dis Deepavali. Any chettinad delicacy for dis Deepavali, Ma'am?

Vannamalar said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I saw this video in youtube and I know that I could also find this here since it is one of the chettinad dish.



Devi said...


Can jaggery be used instead of sugar in this recipe?

Madhu Pravin said...

Ma'am, is puttu arisi the other name for kavuni arisi? Found puttu arisi in a dept store here n it's slightly pinkish brown in colour.

Solai Chidambaram said...

No Madhu,The red rice puttu arisi is different from kavuni arisi.

sokka said...

achi congrats on your 100th post

we have 250kgs of Kavuni arisi grown in our fields

it's really difficult to find a buyer

if you have any idea help us

Prabha Sudha said...

Thanks for the mouth-watering dish aachi...just when to know when to add the two tablespoon coconut.thanks

Solai Chidambaram said...

Sudha coconut can be added just before switching off the stove.No need of cooking after adding coconut