Kerala’s Special Pal Payasam Recipe: Easy Dessert At Home 

Rebekah Pais

Rebekah Pais
Jan 2023

2 min read
Pal Payasam Recipe

Cooking Time

40 Minutes

Total Time

40 Minutes

  • Ghee - 1 Tbsp
  • Rice - 3Tbsp
  • Milk - 2 Liter
  • Saffron (Kesar)
  • Nuts - For Dressing
  • Stevia Drops - For Sweetness
  • Pal Payasam Recipe के कहे, इत्तेहास गावा है!!

    एक ज़माने में, the very special Kerala sweet dish had a history of its own. In Kerala, an ancient philosopher by the name of Krishna challenged the ruler of Ambalapuzha (chess lovers) to a game of chess. The King promised anything the philosopher might specify as a prize. Krishna requested a few grains of rice, with a warning that the king places one grain on the first chess square and two on each square after that.

    After Krishna won the game, the monarch began spreading the grains. Once the count reached a trillion, Krishna requested the king to give Payasam to each pilgrim that visits his temple.

    ज्यादा होगया ना? Chalo, let’s cut to the chase! 

    🥁 Drum Rolls 🥁 

    Presenting to you Pal Payasam Recipe for all of your 2023 occasions and festivals!! 

    Pal Payasam Recipe Is Actually Kheer In Kerala Style!

    One of those old, traditional festive foods served for Pongal a festival that honors harvest, in South India.

    Working women who don’t have much time to prepare for the day’s festivities will find this recipe for pal payasam or kheer to be quite simple to create in just a few steps.

    The traditional ingredients for Ambalapphuza’s pal payasam are fresh milk, mani kinar (water from the temple’s holy well), sugar, and unakkalari (red raw rice).

    Although, this special sweet dish is available in a wide range of varieties throughout the Indian subcontinent.

    Vasco da Gama, Ibn-e-Battuta, as well as Alexander the Great, fell in love with this dish and its wealth of sweetness and milk.

    Why Is Pal Payasam Recipe The Queen Of Indian Sweets?

    One of the few foods given to a baby at the Annaprashan ceremony, when the baby receives its first solid food, is payasam. It is a necessary component of every Malayali celebration, from Onam (the harvest festival) through Vishu (the New Year).

    Food For The Gods

    This dish is served by the devotees in temples as prasad for puja or worship. It is also served of the occasion of Joyful Deepavali and serves the prasad after the ceremonies and offerings have been blessed by the gods.

    How to Make A Pal Payasam Recipe?

    • First of all, wash the rice and pat it dry with a cloth before we start preparing the Pal Payasam Recipe.
    • Secondly, in a heavy-bottomed vessel over low heat, melt the ghee. Add the rice and cook, stirring periodically, until it begins to smell slightly toasted.
    • After roasting, add the milk and let it boil. Turn the heat to low once it reaches a boil.
    • Simmer the milk and rice mixture on low heat, stirring regularly, until the milk condenses to half its volume. Cook the rice well.
    • At this point, whisk well before adding the stevia drops (as desired). 
    • At this stage, you can add the nuts and saffron (Kesar) and serve the dish.

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    Top 5 Payasam In Kerala Besides The Pal Payasam Recipe

    Pal Payasam Recipe

    There are many traditions and foods, although there are a few things that all Malayalis share. Payasam’s mouthwatering flavor is served as part of a tradition for festivals like Onam Sadya. Let’s check it out.

    Let’s explore Kerala’s top 5 payasams in order of popularity:

    1. Palada Payasam

    One of Kerala’s most loved payasam types is made with rice flakes, milk, as well as sugar. This may appear simple at first, but it takes skill to get it right. When cooked to perfection, Palada payasam sets all other sweet dishes apart with its unique flavor and taste.

    2. Gothambu Payasam

    Gothambu payasam made with whole wheat as well as coconut milk is one of the popular dishes for people with a slightly less sweet tooth. Those who are vegan or lactose intolerant may also find Gothambu payasam to be their cup of tea.

    3. Semiya Payasam

    This dish is made with vermicelli, which, in general, is another widely consumed milk-based payasam. It is a simple and quick recipe that can be made in less than 20 minutes. In fact, it is cooked by roasting vermicelli in milk, adding sugar to sweeten it, and then topping it with roasted cashew nuts and raisins. 

    4. Ada Payasam

    One of the oldest payasam kinds is another rice flakes-based payasam. Ada payasam, unlike Palada payasam, is made using larger, bite-sized ada flakes, jaggery, and coconut milk instead of being a milk-based payasam.

    5. Parippu Payasam 

    A dish made with the richness of Jaggery and coconut milk. It is typically cooked for important occasions like Onam or weddings.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. How Many Calories Does The Pal Payasam Have?

    Ans. Pal Payasam Recipe has 408 calories per serving. 

    Q. Can You Heat Pal Payasam Again?

    Ans. If you want to eat the payasam hot or warm, you can reheat it on low flame. You can additionally add extra milk too.

    Q. How Can I Make Pal Payasam With A Pink Hue?

    Ans. Gently boil it in milk and add local red rice, simultaneously.

    Q. Can I Eat Pal Payasam Hot or Cold?

    Ans. Sure, you can! Serve it hot or cold, it tastes yummy.

    Q. Is Pal Payasam Beneficial For Losing Weight?

    Ans. We’re going to give you a biased answer here!  😅 Having it too much can be a little unhealthy for you, especially for diabetic patients and for the ones who are on a weight loss journey.

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    Fun Fact

    Pal Payasam is also called Kheer, Payasa, Payesh, Gil-e-Firdaus, or Phirni. BTW try our special Oats Apple Phirni!

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    This blog post was written to help you make healthy and better food choices altogether. So, be aware and take care. The important thing to consider is your own health before starting a diet that is restrictive. Always seek advice from a doctor/dietitian before starting if you have any concerns.

    Eat Healthy, Live Healthy as well as Enjoy a long happy life.

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