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Palada payasam recipe

Palada payasam recipe with step by step pictures as well as video for beginners. With just few ingredients, this is such a rich dessert thus making it perfect for festivals and special occasions.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Soak time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people


  • ½ cup Rice ada readymade
  • 1 liter Milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Cardamom Optional - *not added traditionally
  • Cashew nuts Optional - *not added traditionally
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee


  • Take ½ cup heaped rice ada, wash and drain the water to begin with.
    ½ cup Rice ada
  • Then boil 1 cup water and soak the ada in it. Keep closed for 15 mins.
  • After that, boil milk with a cup of water and add the soaked ada. Continue heating it over medium flame with constant stirring to avoid burnt bottom.
    1 liter Milk
  • Once the milk turns cream coloured and thick, add sugar and mix well to dissolve it.
    1 cup Sugar
  • Optional: Roast cashew nuts in ghee until golden and add it to the payasam along with powdered cardamom. Bring to boil and the payasam is ready.
    Cashew nuts



  • You can add fried raisins along with cashews though these two aren't added in traditional recipe...
  • I add a generous pinch of salt to avoid the flat sweet taste.
  • As it cools down gets slightly thickened, so switch off accordingly.