Rice Pudding (Tandla Paays)

Hope you all had a happy Ganesha Chaturthi. We had a small pooja at home this year too. We got a beautiful 10 inch Ganesha from local Indian store here. Ishaan also enjoyed looking at the decorations. We could not do much decorations this year as V did everything at the last moment, but still it was lovely pooja.

I made a small spread for the offering. It had idlis, dali thoy, muga randayi, tandla paays, baje, taushe hulel, modak. I wanted to make some paays/kheer with jaggery. So I called up aayi and she suggested this. It was a nice change from the usual sugar based paays/kheer I usually make.

Some other versions of this – paal payasam, kheer, tandla-chane dali paays

1/2 cup rice (I used basmati rice, any rice can be used)
1 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 cup (approx) jaggery
1 tbl spn raisins
1 tbl spn cashews
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder

Cook rice in enough water along with cashews and raisins, till it is done, take care not to make it too mushy.
Add jaggery and cook till it is all melted.
Now add coconut milk and bring it to boil. Switch off the heat and add cardamom powder.
Serve hot or cold.

PS: – Sugar can be used in place of jaggery.
– If you do not like coconut milk, use normal milk.
– Depending on the color of jaggery, the color of paays changes. I had very light colored jaggery, so it came out very light.

Home made coconut milk:
Grind fresh/frozen coconut with a cup of water to a coarse paste. Sieve the paste and squeeze all the liquid off the particles. Again add little more water and repeat.

21 thoughts on “Rice Pudding (Tandla Paays)”

  1. That is a lovely spread!! So nice to see you have cooked all these things with a baby and all! Lot of enthu you have! 🙂 Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

  2. Hi Shilpa:
    Congratulations on Ishaan’s first Ganapati celebration. Love your ganapati murthy and your decorations – so simple and beautiful.

    and yes, thanks for sharing that recipe for the tandla paays. Its been such a loong time I have had paays.

    Hope you all had a wonderful puja. Did Ishaan get to try the paays? 🙂

  3. Hi Shilpa,

    A very happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family.

    All your recipes are just wonderful.It has been quite sometime that i am going through your blog.I have tried few of your recipes and they have come out really well.Thanks for such lovely posts.

    I belong to the same place Kumta though not a konkani.I was looking for some traditional recipes and then I came across your blog.I am very happy to have found it.

    Your Tandla Paays looks delicious and soon will try it.


  4. Shilpa, your Ganesh Moorti is so cute. Decorations are so simple and beautiful. You managed to cook a big thali for the Lord. Ishaan’s first festival.

  5. Hi Shilpa,

    I love your simple yet delicious recipe collection. Your Chicken Masala and Cauliflower pickle are some of my favorites. I drool just thinking about it 🙂 I have been visiting your blog for sometime and I wanted to stop by and say how much we(my family) love your recipes. You are truly an inspiration for the aspiring blogger like me.
    I am so glad that you had nice celebration at home. Love to Ishaan.


  6. Hi Shilpa,

    Your Ganesh Chaturthi celebration photo looks really nice and perfect.
    I have been following your blog for a few months now and I must appreciate you of all your efforts that show up a wonderful blog.
    I have even tried some recipes and I must make a special mention of the ‘Eggless Dates Cake’ which everyone in my family loves.

    Ganpati Bappa Morya!!

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    Kudos to you for this blog..I think it is first ever compilation of all saraswat recipes. I learned cooking from your blogwhen I came to US after marriage in 2008. And you still save the day for me on every special occasion.

    Your native is Karwar is’nt it? My native is Canacona-Goa which is two Km from karnataka border. As a kid I always came to Karwar with my Papa for the sunday vegetable market.Your blog reminds me of home every time I read it:).

    God bless you and your family. Kepp up the good work..and all the best..

    Warm Regards,

  8. Hi Shilpa,
    Loved ur Modak. There are as many ways of making Modaks as there are families. Also I am from South and I know that during Ganapathi Homa the fried ones are alone used. I wont go into the reasons. Nice to know the recipe for this one.
    Love ur blog by the way.

  9. Hi Shilpa,
    My husband loves rice kheer but somehow i always mess it up thanks to this recipe I finally got things bang on right to his liking. My Amaan is the same age as your Ishaan. Would you mind sharing some recipes of the stuff you are using to wean Ishaan? Amaan has refused to take a bottle to date, he does however eat solids but not any of the regular khichdi or curd rice variants. Since iam not a very imaginative or creative person Iam sticking to Cerelac, egg yolk, yoghurth and gerber :). Weaning recipes will be a real blessing for moms like me. Hope you will oblige us Dear. Lots of blessing to Ishaan. Hope he inherits his mommas creative and generous nature. I say generous because you share such lovely recipes and devote so much of your time doing so. Truly admirable.

    1. Ishaan is just over 5 months of age. As per his pediatrician’s suggestion, we have just started him on rice cereals. We are going to introduce vegetables one by one now. This weekend I started carrots-just boiled it and made a paste. I am not starting him on any of proper solids any time soon.

  10. Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this for Ganesh Festival and it turned out to be yummy! I made some changes to it. I added coconut milk(more) and normal milk(Less) and condensed milk. So i did not need sugar. It was delicious!

  11. Thank you 🙂 I tried out this recipe today and it came out well. Your recipes help bring smiles in many homes. Please keep going.

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