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Palada Payasam

Dessert made with ada / dried rice flakes slow cooked in milk and sugar

Palada payasam is a very famous Kerala dessert made with milk and rice flakes. Traditionally for making ada or the rice flakes, a dough is made of rice flour and coconut oil, which is then flattened on a banana leaf and then immersed in water to cook. These are then cooled and cut into small pieces. The ada is then cooked with milk and sugar in a uruli till thick.

Two types of payasam can be made with this ada. One is the palada payasam which is made with milk and the other is the ada pradhaman, which is made with coconut milk and jaggery. In Kerala, a sadya/feast is incomplete without palada payasam. Making rice ada from scratch is a laborious process, but ready made rice ada are available in the stores which makes the process of making this payasam easier and quicker.



Ada / Dry rice flakes - 100 gm
Full fat milk - 1 litre
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp


1. In a heavy bottomed pan or uruli, boil the milk.

2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the ada and mix well.

3. After 5 minutes, add the sugar and mix well until sugar dissolves.

4. Keep stirring the milk every 2-3 minutes on medium flame for around 40-45 minutes or until the milk reduces to half.

5. Add cardamom, ghee and mix well. Remove from heat.


1. Use a heavy bottomed non stick pan or pressure cooker or uruli to prepare the payasam.

2. Cook the payasam in medium to low heat stirring intermittently to avoid sticking to the bottom.


  1. I think I can figure out what is palada after seeing the pictures. Looks familiar and if I am not mistaken, we usually soak it in water and mix with coconut and sugar before eating it.

    Among the many Indian sweets/desserts, my fav is payasam. Compared to Western cakes and desserts, my choice will always be such simple one. I love the fragrances of ghee and cardamom. Really tempting.

  2. oh a new payasam for me :) looks super delicious dear :)

  3. Mouth watering.. Miss them now.. Pass me some & I wud finish them in a jiffy..

  4. I love this payasam any time...

  5. Hey Sona,
    palada payasam ...I am drooling here..looks like these days there is so much cooking going on there:)

  6. i have a pack of are tempting to make this now...yummy

  7. AnonymousJuly 20, 2013

    insanely good payasam, we are getting tempted to make it and have some warm to cool us down... :-)

  8. Payasam looks delicious.

  9. Love this payasam any time. Looks delicious and nice clicks.

  10. Yummy looking payasam..something new to me.

  11. i simply love it.. got intrd by a mallu colleague n i m unable to stop it.. i lovwe it..

  12. Wow absolutely lip smacking :)

  13. super tempting payasam, nicely presented

  14. delicious payasam..lovely click

  15. That Palada Payasam looks delicious!

  16. Looks yummy and delicious.Love the clicks

  17. this is incredibly good. you made me hungry again.


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