Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pal Payasam-Milk Pudding-Pongal Special Recipe

Pal Payasam is a classic dessert made with rice, milk and sugar. It is prepared on special occasions and festivals. It is rich, creamy and tastes heavenly. The good thing is this payasam is so simple to prepare. Even beginners can try this fool proof recipe with confidence. Today we will learn how to prepare Pal Payasam following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.This is Pongal Special from Padhuskitchen for you all.

Pal Payasam

How to make Pal Payasam

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - under 40 mins
Serves - 2-3

Ingredients needed

Milk - 4 cups (full fat preferable for creamy kheer)
Basmati rice - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp (clarified butter)
Sugar - 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup according to your preference
Saffron - few strands (soak it in a tbsp of milk)
Cardamom powder - generous pinch


Heat a tsp of ghee and fry the basmati rice for a few minutes. Do not over fry until it turns brown.

Then just dry grind it in the blender for a second or two.( not more than that) The rice should be just broken and not powdered coarsely or finely. See picture below.


Take a pressure cooker, grease the bottom with 1/2 tsp ghee. This is done to prevent the milk from getting burnt. Add 4 cups of boiled milk and ground rice to the boiled milk.

Put a small plate or a spoon or a small vessel to prevent the milk from boiling over and spilling. I dropped a small plate inside the milk.

pal payasam recipe

Close the pressure cooker and keep the flame in low. Once steam starts coming, put the weight and keep it in very low flame. After the 1st whistle switch off. Open and see after the pressure subsides. If the milk has not thickened, boil for some more time in low flame.

After 30 minutes (total time), my payasam looked thick and creamy as shown in the picture below.

How to prepare pal payasam in pressure cooker

Now add sugar, mix well and boil for a few seconds until sugar dissolves. I added 1/4 cup of sugar as I do not like very sweet payasam. You can add sugar according to your taste.

Then add saffron, cardamom powder and mix well. Serve hot or cold. It’s delicious either cold or hot.

How to make pal payasam

Note - You can use any heavy bottomed pan for preparing this payasam/kheer. I have used pressure cooker just to speed up the process and save time and energy.

The whole process has to be done on low heat. It is that which makes the payasam delicious.You can use the special Kerala red rice also for making this payasam.

This payasam does not need raisins or nuts as the taste and flavor of the milk itself is divine.

What are you waiting for? Prepare this delicious kheer and win the heart of your loved ones.

Are you searching for Kheer Recipes? Then search no more. Find a nice collection of payasam recipes in the link below.

Payasam Recipes 

If you are searhing for Pongal recipes, then you have come to the right place. Find a list of recipes prepared for Pongal festival.

Pongal Recipes

Wishing all my reader who celebrate Pongal a Very Happy Pongal. Have a great time with your family and friends.

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  1. Droolworthy payasam, lipsmacking here.

  2. Traditional south Indian dessert... So delicious...

  3. Lovely and droolworthy payasam.

  4. wow i love it...i add some rose essence to it....we use matta rice which gives a pink colour

  5. Payasam looks yummmm!!!

  6. Tomorrow is Hanuman Janthi.I am going try this payasam along with Urad dal vada :)very simple and useful one.

  7. Payasam looks yummy...I can hav it anytime...thanks for the tip to avoid milk spilling out....awesome recipe...

  8. I tried this out and it came out extraordinarily well.. My husband loved it and said this is Superstar's most favorite dish :P

  9. I tried this on Avsni avittam , came out really well,thanks :)

  10. What do you mean by this step especially - put the weight?

    Close the pressure cooker and keep the flame in low. Once steam starts coming, put the weight and keep it in very low flame

  11. Funny... I used 2 cups of rice instead of 2 tbsps. I am so used to all your rice based recipes that I blindly used the Cup as the measure. :)))
    But in all honesty the flavour was brilliant. I'm going to try this again...

  12. it came out really well!! loved it :)

  13. Awesome... It came out very well...

  14. Thank you for sharing it was easy and came out very well!!!

  15. Thank you! Turned out yummy. Your recipes never failed me


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