Black rice halwa (kavuni arisi halwa) is a delicious and flavorful south Indian delicacy. It’s a traditional halwa recipe of the South Indian states of India like TamilNadu, kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka etc.

Black rice halwa is prepared with black rice also called as kavuni arisi in Tamil, coconut milk, coconut oil and jaggery. Black Glutinous Rice is also sold in the shops as Kavuni Arisi, Karuppu Arisi or Karuppu Puttarisi.

It is a rich halwa recipe. The particular ingredient which adds extra richness and flavor is the coconut milk and coconut oil. This halwa also uses jaggery as a sweetener which is a healthier option. The ground black rice is cooked in coconut milk, coconut oil, jaggery making it more rich and nutritious.

The recipe is extremely simple with handful of ingredients but a little time consuming from soaking to cooking but it is totally worth the time and effort spent. The halwa is cooked in low heat and constant stirring is required throughout the cooking process. The end result is a fabulous rich dessert which is insanely delicious and flavorful. A perfect dessert for almost any festive occasion or celebration. You need to try this one!


Black rice also known as forbidden rice or purple rice is a medium-grain, heirloom rice with a deep purple hue and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Black rice have high dietary fiber and nutritional value. It is gluten free and diabetic friendly. It has high antioxidant quotient. Antioxidants boost immunity levels and help your body stave off various ailments and infections better. The antioxidants also help discard toxins from body. Studies have revealed eating black rice can also help keep some dreaded ailments at bay.

Read the detailed article about black rice from the healthline website here
Also read the Benefits & Uses Of Black Rice from healthline.

A variety of dishes can be prepared with black rice like desserts, puddings, cakes, bread, salad, one-pot meals, wine etc. Black in colour when harvested, once cooked it turns deep purple

Black rice takes longer time to cook than white rice so to cut down on cooking time, soak it overnight or much before you start cooking.


In India black rice is very common and is easily available in the south Indian states and north eastern states. Apart from south India and north east India, black rice is also very popular in South Asian countries. You’ll find this black rice in local grocery stores and super markets. Also it is available in few online stores and especially in Amazon.


Black rice pudding tartlets
Black rice kheer
Black rice risotto
Black rice strawberry mousse
Black rice salad
Black rice cake
Black rice vegan loaf
Nuts stuffed black rice ladoo


All of the above recipes are super easy to prepare, ready in no time, and will never disappoint you.

I made a simple recipe video of this amazing black rice halwa recipe for my readers which I have shared below. Please do watch and SUBSCRIBE to my channel if you haven’t yet. It will mean a lot to me and motivate me to come up with more videos for my readers. As always looking forward to your feedbacks!


Try this delicious halwa during festive season or for any special occasions at home, you’ll love this! Do share your thoughts about the recipe with me here, I would to hear it from you.

Let’s get started with the recipe.

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus rice soaking time
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes
Servings: 4-5

☆ 1 cup = 240 ml
☆ 1 tablespoon = 15 ml
☆ 1 teaspoon = 5 ml

Ingredients to make black rice halwa:

½ cup black rice
½ cup water (soaked rice water)
1½ cup coconut milk
1 cup jaggery grated
¼ cup coconut oil
⅛ tsp cardamom powder
¼ cup cashewnut chopped
A pinch of salt

Step by step pictorial instructions to make black rice halwa:

Wash the black rice 3-4 times. Now soak the rice in drinking water for 3-4 hours or overnight.

Drain the black rice and add them into a mixie jar or blender. Add ½ cup of the rice soaked water and blend it into a fine puree like dosa batter.

In a pan pour the black rice batter and turn on the gas over low heat. Stir it continuously and cook until it starts to thicken for about 10-12 minutes.

Now add the coconut milk in batches and continue to cook the mixture without forming any lumps for another 10 minutes in low-medium heat. Stir continuously throughout the cooking process. The mixture will start thickening and also change the colour to deep purple.

Add the jaggery and stir well. Cook till the jaggery is completely melted approximately 5 minutes.

Now add the coconut oil and continue to cook stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens and reduced to half and starts to leave the sides of the pan. It will took approx 20 minutes .

Add the salt, cardamom powder and chopped cashewnuts reserving few for garnish. Mix everything well and cook for 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat.

Allow it to cool for sometime and serve. This halwa can be served warm and chill as well.


● You pour the halwa in greased pan, garnish with nits and allow to set. Once the halwa is set, cut as desired shape and serve. It will take couple of hours for the halwa to set.

● Soaking the rice is necessary.
● Use any nuts of your choose.
● You can use ghee instead of coconut oil
● Coconut milk can be substituted wih cow milk. Use whole milk for more richness abs taste
● Jaggery can be replaced with white sugar.

Well, if you make this black rice halwa, please do leave a feedback in the comments box below or snap a photo and tag Akum Raj Jamir on Facebook and akumrajjamir on Instagram with hashtag #atmykitchen. I would love to see your creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you liked the recipe. Your valuable feedbacks are always welcome, I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you.

Happy cooking!

Love Akum


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About Akum Raj Jamir

Hello Everyone.. I am Akum Raj Jamir. I am a Naga Lady born and bought up from Nagaland. Married to a Tamilian and settled in Chennai now.  I worked in hotel industry for 3 years and later I shifted to corporate sector and worked in US based MNC companies. In January 2014 I was blessed with a baby boy and that it when I decided to quit my job and give me full time for him as well as the home. Now I am a homemaker ☺.  I started cooking at the very small age. We sisters used to help mom in the kitchen and followed the foot step of my mom and that's how I developed my cooking skills. A foodie by nature and a passionate cook, loves everything about food. Cooking is my passion. I love experimenting with food in my kitchen and try to bring the best in whatever I cook. I cook with all my heart and soul and this love is evident in the dishes I cook.  I believe in sharing a lot thus whatever I cook I share with fellow friends and my fan followings. So this space is all about food from my kitchen for foodies like me. Explore the recipes ☺

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