Atola - East Indian#SundayFunday

Atola is a traditional East Indian rice pudding that it made with newly harvested rice. This is basically a vegan, gluten free, no sugar, no oil , no ghee or butter, it has just 3 basic ingredients i.e. new rice , coconut milk , jaggery as a sweetener and is flavored with cardamom powder. It's delicious and creamy.

This is made only once a year with rice from the new harvest, on All Souls Day. The rice should be new as new rice is sticky and this is what we want. But if you don’t have rice from the new harvest then use any other rice.
All Souls’ Day, is a day dedicated to the dead and it is observed on 02 November every year. As per the Catholic church, it is the day of Commemoration of All The Departed Souls. Masses are offered for the dead. People also visit and decorate the graves of their loved ones.

Serves 4 - 5
Measurement of 1 Cup = 200Ml
¾ Cup Rice
1/3 Cup Chawli/Black Eyed Beans
1 Liter Thin Coconut Milk -
250Ml Thick Coconut Milk ( first extract)
160 Grams Jaggery - I used organic
½ Teaspoon Cardamom powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
Wash and soak the black eyed beans for 6 -8 hours.
In a deep vessel/pot add the rice, chawli beans, salt and
the thin coconut milk, bring it to boil and cook until the rice and chawli beans are soft ( keep stirring in between since this will stick to the bottom of the pot and get burnt).
Once the beans and rice are cooked this will thicken,
now add the jaggery , keep stirring it till the jaggery melts (taste, it if you want it sweeter than add more jaggery accordingly, for us the sweetness is just right) and the pudding comes to a boil. 
Add the cardamom powder and the thick/first extract coconut milk, let it come to a slight simmer. Switch off the flame.
This will thicken as it cools.
Enjoy this warm. Super yummy & delicious!!
Labels: Rice, Homemade, Coconut Milk, Jaggery, Cardamom Powder, Pudding, Sweets & Desserts, East Indian, Sunday Funday,  Vegan, Gluten free, No Oil Or Butter

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  1. That sounds intriguing. I have never heard of new rice. Thanks for the education.

  2. As a practicing Catholic, I do celebrate All Soul's Day but I have never heard of this Indian tradition. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love hearing about different tradtions. This sounds yummy.

  4. I haven't tried black eyed peas in sweet foods. Bill would love the cardamom though so I will keep this one in mind!