Thursday, August 18, 2011

PAL PAYASAM / Kerala Rice Kheer with Milk

 What better way to start Onam specials, than with Pal Payasam. This payasam also known as Ambalappuzha pal payasam,  is made with a special Kerala rice - Unakkallari and is cooked with milk. .

Ingredients :

Unakkallari / Kerala Red rice : 1/2Cup, cleaned and drained
Milk : 5Cups
Sugar : 1Cup

Method :

Combine all ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on low flame for 20-30minutes. Turn off the flame before it whistles. It will enhance the pink shade of payasam.

Traditional way :

1. Heat milk in a heavy bottom vessel and add the rice to it. Cook in medium / low flame until the rice is 80%cooked.

2. Now add the sugar and continue cooking. Cook on low flame till the quantity of milk is reduced to 2/3rd.(should not over cook the rice as it will change the consistency of payasam) It takes about 1 1/2hrs and continuous stirring is needed after adding sugar.(that's why people makes it only for festivals)

3. You can turn of the flame when the rice floats on the thick- light pink  payasam. 

Note :

1. Traditional paal prathaman is not garnished with cashews and raisins. If you need, you can add it in the end. For that add 1tsp ghee in a pan and add cahews and raisins. Golden fry both and add to payasam.

2. If you are not having Unakkallari, use basmati rice / sona masuri rice.



  1. My fav payasam dear....I like it a bit thin/watery....Here we dont get no way to cook it....talkalam pic nokki vellam arrakam..;(

  2. yummy you use normal red rice or broken red rice? I never made this before

  3. yummy fav too
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  4. Kothiyayittu vayya..creamy and delicious payasam

  5. Wow that looks absolutely tempting kheer. gorgeous pictures that make anyone drooooooooooool.

  6. fav...looks so yummy and delish.

  7. Wowwww... lovely and traditional recipe.. looks perfect dear.. love it :)
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  8. Very tasty kheer. looks thick and creamy. thanks for sharing.

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  9. love this one..looks really delicious..:)

  10. I never had red rice kheer ...looks yum

  11. Paal paayasam r always yummy with kerala rice.. so good..

  12. Yummy...Pass me a bowl Lena! Loved that cute bharani too..

  13. Looks absolutely scrumptious! A real classic!

  14. Wat a delightful payasam,seriously inviting..

  15. Creamy and yummy looking kheer lena

  16. Mmm, this's so creamy and yummy!!