Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Paal Payasam / Rice Pudding And Onashamsakal

Paal Payasam

Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous Onam in advance....

It is that time of year again when Malayalis get nostalgic with their Onam memories....No matter where we are , the message of peace and togetherness which this festival brings along is something to be cherished...

Onam memories and experiences have undergone its own changes with each passing generation, as obvious from the usual hearing from our elder generation "What Onam now...It was all in our olden times  "....Right?

Being brought up in the capital city of Kerala , my Onam memories are limited to getting Onakodi [ the new dress gifted from the elderly member of family] , decorating Athappokalam / floral designs which happens mostly in school or college , taking turns in the Oonjal [ swing ] and the indispensable Onasadya.....More than all these , it was time for our family get together , having fun with cousins and enjoying sadya sitting just next to my grandpa....

In the midst of all these celebrations , do we have one moment to follow and remember what is the message of Onam , other than telling kids the story of King Mahabali being sent to patala by Vamana and his asking for a boon to come back and visit his people during Onam and all that.......
That was what I was also used to hear when I was a child....Just wanted to share a little thought on this note as I am sure that our next generation will definitely need more explanation on this story.....

Was it the king Mahabali who was destoryed by Vamana or the pride which was growing in him about his own virtues which was destroyed.....Think over and you will defintely get an answer when your little one asks about Onam the next time....So instead of the story they can get the real message behind this beautiful festival and treasure those values for the rest for their lives......[ Interested readers can follow the story as in Bhagavatham , here ].

Now let us get to today's recipe which is nothing but a Payasam from the sadya menu.....Payasam is my favorite among the sadya items and Paal payasam is the most wanted among the different varieties of payasams available during this time ....

When it comes to paal payasam, the one name which comes along with it is Ambalappuzha where there is the famous Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple and the Paal payasam served as Naivedyam there is something to crave for....I was very fortunate to have tasted it on all my  visits to that blessed place...The one served in temples wont have any garnishing with cashews or raisins...It will be served plain but tastes heavenly....

Without further words, let me take you to the recipe of paal payasam prepared at my kitchen a few days back on another occasion...

  1. Broken Rice           -  1/2 cup 
  2. Milk                        -  3 cups
  3. Sugar                      -  2/3 cup
  4. Cardmom Pods     - 5 Nos
  5. Ghee                      -  1/2 Tbsp
  6. Cashews                -  10 Nos
  7. Raisins                   -  10 Nos

    Paal Payasam

  1. First I made broken rice from whole matta rice. For that wash and clean the rice and let it dry on a clean cloth. Now pulse it in a mixer 2 - 3 times to get the broken form of rice.
  2. To make the Payasam first bring milk to boil in a thick bottom pan. I used a pressure cooker pan.
  3. Now add rice.  You can cook either by keeping on stirring in between or by using the pressure cooker to do the job in a few whistles, keeping on a low flame. 
  4. I used the cooker method and the rice was cooked in 10-15 mins.
  5. Now let the pressure get released and open the lid.
  6. Heat again, add sugar and keep stirring. You can always add more milk depending on the consistency you like.
  7. You can see the color turning light pinkish once the payasam is ready. Another 10-15 mins of stirring after adding sugar will do the job. 
  8. Add cardamom powder and stir again. Once it is ready, switch off the flame and transfer to the serving bowl.
  9. Heat another small pan and add ghee. Once hot, add the cashews followed by raisins and roast them lightly.
  10. Transfer them on to the top of payasam and serve hot.

Note : The recipe serves 5 - 6 roughly.

Paal payasam

Once again , Have a Wonderful time with your family and friends during this Onam ....


Do check out other recipes for the sadya menu from Panchamrutham


  1. wow too good paal payasam.. n very well written post abt onam..

  2. Happy onam wishes to you. That's one yummy kheer you have there.

  3. Extremely irresistible, enjoyed reading, well written dear..

  4. Payasam looks very yummy... My MIL generally makes only paal payasam for Onam...Happy Onam to you too

  5. Onam wishes to u and ur family, superb looking payasam.

  6. Creamy and rich payasam..looks super delicious..Wish you and family a happy and prosperous Onam.

  7. Well written article .. Onam wishes to ll your family dear:) Payasam looks superb..

  8. Happy Onam to you n your family dear ~ the payasam looks decadent n the pic festive!

  9. loved reading ur nostalgia deepthi :)....and payasam adipoli!!!! ippo ichira kazhikkan thonnunnu..yumm..nice clicks too

  10. Payasam looks fantastic, Onam wishes to you.

  11. delicious payasam... Happy Onam...

  12. Very tempting and delicious Payasam. Happy Onam to you and your family.

  13. Yummy payasam and Happy Onam to you and family!

  14. Glad to know about the Onam festival.. nicely written....Happy Onam to you and your family.Yummy Palpayasam presentation looks so nice.I am first time here glad to follow you...i like to invite you to visit my blog and give your wonderful comments.

  15. yummy recipe and nice to read the post

  16. You can really feel the smell of the payasam from the pics itself...just looks mouthwatering and delicious.

  17. Hope you had a joyful Onam!!~ liked ur pookalam too..
    Paal payasam is very rich n thick.. Love to have it!!
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