Vellam Avil Recipe

Yields/Serving Size: 2 cups
Soaking Time: 1 Hour
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Avil/Flattened Rice – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Water – 3/4 cup for soaking the Avil, 1/2 cup for Jaggery
Elaichi/Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts – 4/5 cut into small pieces
Ghee – 1 1/4 tbsp


  1. Wash the avil/flattened rice.
  2. Soak the avil in water (3/4 cup) for 1 hour.
  3. Heat the jaggery with 1/2 cup of water.
  4. When the jaggery melts and the consistency of the syrup is like that of honey (one-string consistency), add the soaked avil.
  5. Stir well until all the jaggery is mixed with the avil.
  6. Add 1tbsp of ghee and cardamom powder and stir for about 5 to 7 minutes until the stickiness of the avil is gone.
  7. Fry the cashew nuts in 1/4 tbsp of ghee till they become light brown.
  8. Garnish the avil with the fried cashew nuts.
  9. Serve.


This dish is prepared on the day of Gokulashtami, along with other sweets and savouries, because Krishna likes avil, as that was the only thing that his best friend, Sudhama, could bring for him to visit.



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