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Jevvarisi Payasam
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Thengai Paal Jevvarisi Payasam/Sago Kheer With Cocunut Milk

 Jevvarisi Payasam is a sweet dish made with sago or tapioca pearls, sweetener, milk, cardamoms, cashews and raisins. This is a simple recipe that can be made in no time during festivals or occasions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 271kcal


  • ½ cup Jevvarasi / Sago / Sabudana
  • ½ cup Jaggery
  • ¾ cup Coconut grated or about 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon Cashews and raisins
  • 2 tsp Nei / ghee
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom powder


  • To make coconut milk – In the blender, add the coconut and ¾ cup of water and grind well. Strain the coconut in a fine mesh strainer. This will be the first milk / thick coconut milk. Now return the ground/squeezed coconut to the blender and add about ¾ cup of water again. Grind it well and strain once more. This will be the second milk / thin coconut milk.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add the ghee and fry the cashews and raisins until golden brown. Remove them on a plate.
  • In the same pan, add the jevvarasi / sago and fry it for about 2 to 3 minutes until it puffs up slightly.
  • Add the jaggery and about ½ cup of water in a pan and make syrup. Strain the jiggery if there is impurity and keep it ready. It is not important for the syrup to thicken.
  • In the meantime, boil about 1 ½ cups of water to a rolling boil. Slowly add this boiling water to the fried sago and mix.
  • Cook the jevvarasi in medium flame until it is very soft and appears transparent on the edges. By experience if I let the sago become translucent entirely, it becomes very mushy and loses the shape. So I cook it only until it start to become transparent on the edges.
  • Now add the jaggery syrup to the cooked sago and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Turn the flame to low and add the second / thin coconut milk. Boil the payasam for about 5 minutes.
  • Now add the cardamom powder and the first / thick coconut milk. Simmer for one more minute and turn off the flame. Garnish with the fried cashews and raisins and serve.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg