Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kerala Paal Payasam/

Kerala paal payasam is one of a kind. It has basic ingredients milk, rice and sugar, but tastes like heaven. If you haven't tasted one, you should try this soon! Paal payasm is equivalent to the rice pudding here and is served during special feasts or poojas like baghavath sevai ( pooja for goddess durga/ bhagavathy).

The payasam has a slight pinkish color from the reduction of the milk and red rice( chomanantha ari) ,exclusive of kerala. i had some red rice brought from India which I used. One could totally replace it with basmati rice too!
Another method is to do the payasam in the pressure cooker, which gives a pink color, but some how I doesn't give the same flavor. I cooked mine in the bottom of a pressure cooker (without lid).Stir constantly taking care not to burn the milk. the aim is to reduce the milk to half while the rice gets cooked in the milk. Once the milk is reduced your desired consistency, add the sugar. Adding sugar earlier will not let the rice cook well.

So you need a little patience and that is totally worth all the effort. You don't need any garnishing for this payasam.

Here is our family recipe!

The rule of thumb is 1 fistful of rice for a litre ( 4 cups) of milk. I measured my fistful of rice which was 1 & 1/2 tbsp.

Get Ready: (serves 2-3)

3 cups 2% milk
1, 5oz can evoparated milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 tbsp rice

  • Add 3 cups of milk to a heavy bottomed pan
  • wash the rice and add it to the milk.
  • let it come to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.
  •  keep stirring intermittently as the milk will boil and foam up. stirring will prevent from spilling over.
  • When the rice is half done, add the evoparated milk.
  • Once the rice cooked well and milk reduces  add the sugar.
  • Let it boil for a few mins and take it off fro mthe heat.
  • Serve hot or cold!

The traditional way of eating pal payasm in kerala is with Puran poli!

Milk before reduction.

Milk after reduction

Payasam ready !


  1. Delicious and creamy it.

  2. Yummy paal payasam, my fav any time..

  3. Payasam looks beautiful and delicious!

  4. Tasty and yummmy payasam looks delicious.

  5. Love this creamy payasam,,,;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Wat a delicious payasam,makes me drool,dont forget to this wonderful payasam to my ongoing event Priya..i'll be happy dear.

  7. That does sound great dear. Never used red rice in payasam before, will give it a try :)

  8. Yum! Love this any day, any time!!! like the bowl you've presented it in :)

  9. Hi Priya, hope you are keeping well.Tried this recipe and paal payasam was perfect. My 7 year-old loved it. Thank you! Have shared the link with my mum, sis and sis-in-law. Best Wishes, Sujatha


Thanks For stopping by! Your comments are very valuable, so please leave your two cents!