Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Paal payasam/Milk & Rice pudding

Indian festivals become incomplete without a dessert or a sweet dish. Any household would cook a wide range of sweets without bothering how much taxing it could be. A very simple yet exorbitant kheer is one of them for sure. So, here I present today a time consuming but not so taxing kheer/payasam/pudding recipe that is loved by one & all!

Recipe Source: thechefandherkitchen

Sona masoori rice: 1/2 cup (Any other medium grain rice like ponni rice, raw rice would do)
Full cream fresh milk: 5 cups
Sugar:  1/3rd cup
Saffron: a pinch
Cardamom powder: 1/4th tsp
Chopped nuts: 1.5 tbsp (I used sliced almonds, chopped pistachios & raisins)

  • Wash the rice thoroughly & soak them in water for 10-15mins.
  • Meantime, heat milk in a thick bottomed vessel.
  • Crush the safrron between your palms & add the saffron to the milk.
  • When milk becomes hot, drain the water from the soaked rice & add the rice & raisins to the milk. Preserve the other nuts for later use. Stir well.
  • Cook the rice in milk on a medium heat. Keep stirring once a while to ensure that rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the vessel.
  • When rice is cooked (takes around 30-35mins), add the sugar, cardamom powder & reduce the heat.
  • Cook on a low heat for another 5-7mins.
  • Turn off the heat, garnish with the chopped nuts.
  • Serve them hot, warm or cold.

The payasam becomes a bit thick after it is cooled down. If you prefer it more on the kheer types, add few tablespoons of hot milk to your serving & heat for couple of minutes in the stove or microwave & then enjoy!

I'm sending this recipe to the event "Tried and tested" hosted by me & to the event creator Lakshmi.
I'm waiting for your entries now :)

Update: I'm also sending this to Priya's "Celebrate Sweets-Sweets with rice" event & to the creator Nivedita.


  1. lovely sweet dish... perfect for this celebration day..:)

  2. This is too much..I cannot resist any more... I want some please...
    wonderful colour and I can imagine how flavorful it is.....nice clicks too.

  3. Cant take my eyes from that wonderful looking pudding,pls do send this wonderful pudding to my event am guest hosting..

  4. Payasam look so rich and yummy!! mouth-watering clicks..

  5. hey sushma,
    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy looking payasam!! well garnished and presented!

  6. well presented and even i have that cute bowl

  7. looks nice and delicious..

  8. I love akki payasa... yumm.. beautiful presentation

  9. Rich & creamy payasam!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. I love paal payasam .. this looks yummy

  11. looks delicious, makes perfect festive recipe.



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