Chettinad kavuni arisi | black rice sweet recipe

Chettinad kavuni arisi | black rice sweet recipe is a ritual sweet served in Chettinad weddings.

In olden days chettiar community traded all over the world. Burma is one such country where they lived and brought back a lot of things. Black rice or kavuni arisi is a popular ingredient in Burmese recipes, which came into chettiar’s households.

Chettiars used to bring this rice from Malaysia or Burma in those days. Now a days good quality of black rice was cultivated in Chettinad area  itself in Tamil Nadu. You can buy good quality rice in Pudukottai and Karaikudi areas.

Black rice is a very hard rice. It needs to be soaked in water overnight or for 10 – 12 hours.

Raw kavuni arisi

The ingredients used in this Chettinad kavuni arisi recipe were very easy to remember. We need black rice, sugar and coconut, all in equal proportion. If you need you can reduce the amount of sugar based on your taste and health.


  • kavuni arisi – 1 cup
  • sugar/ jaggery – 1 cup
  • grated coconut – 1 cup
  • cardomom powder/ elakkai podi – pinch
  • ghee – 1 tsp
Cooked kavuni arisi, sugar, grated coconut, ghee & cardomom powder


1. Clean and soak kavuni arisi over night or for 10 – 12 hours. If you wish to prepare it tomorrow, soak it in water today night itself.

2. Add 5 cups of water along with kavuni arisi. Kavuni arisi:water in the ratio of 1:5.  Cook it in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes in medium flame after you get a whistle.

Another method of cooking kavuni arisi is to boil water in a broad container and keep kavuni arisi and water in the ratio of 1:5 in another small closed container inside it. (It should be placed inside the broad container containing water)

Cooked kavuni arisi

3. Release pressure if cooked in pressure cooker and add sugar/ jaggery, grated coconut,cardomom powder and ghee. Mix well and serve.

Chettinad kavuni arisi | black rice sweet recipe
Chettinad kavuni arisi | black rice sweet recipe

For more Chettinad recipes in my website click on the links below

1. Chettinad paal paniyaram recipe | செட்டிநாடு பால் பணியாரம்

2. Chettinad Masala Paniyaram recipe | செட்டிநாடு மசாலா பணியாரம்

3. Aadikool/Kumayam recipe (chettinad sweet)

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