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Kerala Paal Payasam

Happy New Year wishes to my friends and readers. Let this 2015 bring you all loads of joy, prosperity and good health. Hope all of you are having a wonderful new year celebrations with your loved ones and enjoying some good food too. Let me begin this year's blog post on a sweet note.

Paal payasam or rice kheer is a traditional sweet made during festivals and special occasions. This Kerala style paal payasam is quite similar to our regular paal payasam. but is made with chemba pachari or unakkalari (refer the pic below). Traditionally the payasam is made in uruli, a heavy round vessel, but you can also make in pressure cooker or a deep-bottomed vessel. Enjoy this paal payasam warm or cold.


{ Kerala style sweet pudding with rice and milk }
Serves 3-4


¼ cup chemba pachari / unakkalari
1 litre boiled milk
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp cardamom powder


1. Wash the rice and soak for 10 minutes. Pressure cook the rice with ¼ cup water and ¾ cup milk for 4-5 whistles.

2. Once the pressure subsides, open and transfer the contents to a deep-bottomed vessel. Mash the rice lightly and add remaining milk and sugar.

3. Mix well and boil on medium heat till it thickens and reduces to half, stirring in between. Add cardamom powder and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

Notes and Tips
  • You can keep a small steel plate inside the pressure cooker to avoid the milk boiling over and spilling.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar according to your taste preference.
  • The payasam will thicken as it sits. Add little warm milk if payasam turns too thick while serving.
  • I have not used cashew and raisins as they are not added in the traditional recipe.


  1. i loved the small lamp ! love it gal . happy new year

  2. Yummy treat for new year sona!! Happy new year!!

  3. so creamy and tempting kheer.. Happy new year

  4. Looks delicious. Lovely payasam.

  5. Payasam looks delicious and inviting.. happy new year!!

  6. yummy payasam!! lovely clicks as always :)

  7. such a creamy delight. looks so very perfect.

  8. Delicious and sweet way to start this wonderful year ahead..

  9. Delicious and sweet way to start this wonderful year ahead..

  10. Paal payasam looks delicious.. Loved the whole set up, looks very festive.

  11. One of my favorite payasam.. Looks very delicious Sona.. Happy New Year :)

  12. as usual beautiful pics... the paal payasam is tempting me...

  13. any type of kheer is delicious. Its looks yummy. Chemba pachari is thick broken rice?

    1. Thanks Mayuri. Chemba pachari / unakkalari is raw rice with bran, please refer the second pic to get an idea of the rice.

  14. It is great that you are able to keep traditional foods and traditions alive!

  15. Delicious and mouthwatering paal payasam.. nice presentation, love the little vilakku :)

  16. All time fav dish. The way we make rice kheer is slightly different, simmering it for long to make it thick. Adding nuts and fragrances too.. just yummy!

  17. Delicious payasam...Happy new year dear

  18. Delicious creamy payasam,love it.


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