February 9, 2012

Paal Payasam ~ Milk Pudding | For Blog Hop Wednesdays

Paal Payasam

Paal Payasam ~ The very word brings me so many lovely memories of childhood. A signature dish of my Grandma. A dessert compulsorily made when she invites a newly weds for “Virundhu”. She makes this payasam only with freshly milked Buffalo’s milk as it is so rich, thick and creamy than when compared to cow’s milk. I have made it so many times but it never ever comes anywhere near to her taste. Hands down, My Grandma’s is the best. I guess it must the “Kai Pakkuvam”. While going through Roshni’s space, my partner for Blog Hop Wednesdays, looking at this recipe made me so nostalgic that I decided to go ahead with it in spite of choosing to cook this one.


Also I have my in-laws at home and my MIL has a sweet tooth. She cannot eat anything crunchy because of her dental related problems. So I had been making so many sweets, especially kheers in the past week. I made this as a neiveidhyam for “Thai Poosam” and trust me it tasted so divine and delicious. Usually in my home while making this payasam we do not add any ghee roasted cashews and raisins as we want the flavor of the milk to dominate but do add them if you choose to.


Do excuse me if you see me missing in your blogs as I’m having a difficult time with my repaired modem, it just refuses to connect to the WWW and the link keeps getting every 3 mins that I find it so frustrating. The service person has asked me to replace with a new one and on top of that they are out of stock  and it is going to take at least another 3-4 days to get a new one. Luckily, I had the sense to schedule the links post days before. Now enjoy the kheer....


Paal Payasam ~ Milk Pudding

You’ll need:

  • Basmati Rice – 1 handful
  • Whole milk – 1 liter
  • Sugar – 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom – 1 pod
  • Saffron strands – 2 pinch
  • Condensed milk – 1/4 cup (optional)
  • Ghee – 2 tsp



Wash and soak rice for 1/2 hour. Take less than 1/4 cup of milk and soak the saffron strands. Bring the remaining milk to a boil in a thick bottomed pan.


In a kadai heat ghee. Drain the rice and add the rice and sauté over low flame till a nice aroma arises. Add the sautéed rice to the boiling milk and continue to cook over low flame for 30-40 mins or till you see the milk getting reduced and starting to thicken.


Keep scrubbing away the cream around the vessel with a spatula as it will enable the milk to thicken quicker and also it will enhance the taste. The rice would be fully cooked by now and you should be able to mash it when pressed between your fingers. Now add the sugar, saffron milk, condensed milk, if using and cardamom and let it cook further for another 10-12 mins. It should be of pouring consistency. Serve either hot or cold.


Both this kheer and the Masala Vadai together makes a great pair and I’m sure you will love it too once you give it a try.



  • Always add the sugar only after the rice is fully cooked else the cooking time of the rice will take more time.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar according to your sweet tooth.
  • If using toned milk decrease the amount of sugar and increase the quantity of condensed milk for a thick kheer.
  • The flavor of the milk should be dominant so using roasted cashew nuts and raisins are optional.
  • Instead of basmati rice you can use any type of raw rice.


This kheer is off to my event Let’s Cook ~ Sweet Somethings, Gayathri’s Walk down memory lane, Sumee’s Bon Vivant, Vardhini’s Sweet Luv and to Sravani’s CC: Dish for Loved Ones and to Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 14


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  1. Nice color Radhi. Yummy dessert and thx for linking to the event.

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  2. love it :) appa does it really well too! i love this payasam !

  3. Payasam looks so delicious and yummy...

  4. I love paal paysam... This looks delicious, I've never added saffron to it before but now I will... Love the colour!

  5. nice vibrant yet soothing dessert!!!

  6. Delicious payasam, my hubby's fav kheer...

  7. Yummy payasam... Even though I avoid sugar , I have a weakness towards payasam... I am going to try this for the wked..

  8. yum; your MIL must have enjoyed it surely ~!

  9. radhi me is so jealous that you could eat this delicious bowlful

  10. Payasam looks absolutely delicious. Thanks a lot for linking...

  11. Yummy kheer and love the colour of saffron

  12. wow delicious payasam,lovely clicks radhika...

    1. payasam kuda net la pathu panna kudiya kalam ivlo quick varum nu nenaikala ms/ mrs

    2. paal paayasam kuda net la pathu pannura palakam ivlo quick ah varum nu nan nenaikala ms/mrs prema

  13. flavourful payasam!!nice colour!

  14. Your payasum looks so vibrant and fresh :)

  15. wow....yummy....delicious payassam

  16. My gosh, the kheer/payasam looks too beautiful. I loved the shade lent in by saffron and the flavors must have been terrific. This is my all time favorite sweet and I'm waiting for another post by you now on some other kheer...they are all just fantastic! :)

  17. Rich and delicious, that yellow color is so inviting..

  18. Love the payasam !! Beautiful presentation!

  19. This is a awesome recipe...YUMMY


  20. Nice color and delicious payasam

  21. very tempting and wonderful pudding !! looks YUM !!

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  22. I love the colour of your payasam...anything which looks so beautiful must taste great too :-)

  23. One of my favorite recipes! My mom and brother are the payasam experts at home :). My expertise is in finishing it off ;-)

  24. The golden color of the payasam looks so yum.

  25. Lovely and yummy payasam...beautiful color...looks tempting.

  26. Love that color of kheer.!! Nice clicks as usual Radhika.. I saw ur comment on my blog.. I have updated to cater for vegetarians. take a look :o)
    And thanks as always for linking up.

  27. I love paal payasam when it is well made. The colour is because of the saffron? Looks so appetising

  28. The addition of saffron is new to me regarding Pal payasam...It's super attractive with that..Yum!

  29. i've never tried pal payasam with saffron...need to try this one next time...

  30. Looks yummy! Nice! My mouth is watering.

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  31. Hi
    Lovely and yummy payasam...beautiful color...looks tempting.My flavourful is pal payasam.


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