Cafe Cuisine - Palada Payasam / Rice Kheer/ Rice Pudding

September 04, 2012

Palada Payasam

As promised, here is the recipe of the Palada Payasam that I showed you in this post. For the benefit of readers who are unfamiliar with this dessert, I shall first tell you what is palada paayasam...

So what is 'payasam'? It is similar to the North Indian 'Kheer' or the English 'pudding'.

What is 'ada'? It is made from whole rice that has been pressed into small rectangles.

'Palada' is so called since the 'ada' or pressed-rice rectangles are cooked in milk.

Warning- High-sugar content ahead...proceed at your own risk!!! 

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Palada Payasam Recipe


Readymade Rice Ada - 100gms (3/4th teacup approx.), washed in cold water (the smaller the 'ada' pieces, the better)
Full-Fat Milk - 11/2 litre (6.3 teacups approx.)
Sugar - 21/2 to 3 teacups  
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Ghee - 1/2 to 1 tsp (for adding in milk and 'ada')
Fried Cashewnuts and Raisins (optional)


  • Soak the ada pieces in boiling hot water (enough to cover them) for 20 minutes. Drain the excess water and keep the ada aside.
Ada Pieces

  • Pour the milk into a pressure cooker (of approx. 5 litre capacity).
Full-fat Milk in Cooker

  • Add washed and soaked ada.
Washed and Soaked Ada, Added to Milk

  • Add sugar.
White Sugar, Added to Milk and Ada Mixture

  • Mix nicely.
Milk, Ada, and Sugar mixed together

  • Close the cooker and place the whistle on top. (Milk may foam out when it whistles, so clean with cloth if required.)

  • After the first whistle, continue to simmer on low flame (with whistle), for approximately 20 minutes. (After the first whistle, you can simmer for 20 min keeping the cooker closed with whistle, or cool the cooker, open and simmer. Basically, you have to cook the ada till it is of melt-in-the-mouth, soft consistency.)
Keep stirring!

  • Keep stirring till the ada is well cooked and the mixture thickens and turns into a pale, pink color. Now, add some ghee.
Cooked Ada with Ghee Added

  • Finally, add cardamom powder. Palada payasam is now ready!!!
Payasam Ready!

Do try and let me know if you liked this yummy payasam as much as I did! If you have any doubts, please feel free to ask me, in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day.... 

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