Sunday, August 12, 2007

Pal Payasam (Rice Pudding with Milk)

This is the simplest of payasams with only 3 ingredients! This is the way it is made at the Bhagavan Krishna Temple in Mukundapuram, Kerala, India. The only change I have made is to use low fat instead of whole milk.

6 Servings

1/2 cup uncooked rice (Basmati, Patna, Sona Masuri or Rosematta)
4 cups 1% milk
1/2 cup sugar


Rinse the rice and soak it in two cups of the milk for one hour. Stir in the sugar, the rest of the milk and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low heat stirring occasionally until the rice is very soft and creamy - about 1 hour. Serve hot, warm or cool as you wish. This makes a thick payasam; if a thinner payasam is preferred, add 1 to 2 cups of extra milk at the time of adding milk and sugar.

Variations: Alternately, cook the soaked rice in a pressure cooker. Then proceed as in the recipe above.

Ground cardamom and saffron may be added just before the end of cooking. Cashews pieces and raisins sautéed in ghee (clarified butter) and/or chopped almonds and pistachios may be added as a garnish.


Anonymous said...

Yum tum!

Anonymous said...

What a delicious recipe - and low fat too! I tried it out and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it highly.

Shobhaa said...

Well, Sis... what can I say! the recipe reminds me of Amma and that too on the day of Appa's death Anniversary. I am going to try it with a healthy sugar substitute called 'sugarite' (recommended y doctors as it does not contain aspartame or sachrin - check

Geetha said...

Yes Shobha, I felt that pal payasam should be the first recipe in the blog. I too remember how Amma used to make it for all our birthdays. I am anxious to find out how your experiment turned out with 'sugarite'. Love to hear about that.

Unknown said...

Hi! Geetha,
I made this Payasam on Saraswati puja day and it turned out devine and delicious.

Geetha said...

Thank you Hema for you comments; glad the recipe worked for you. Happy Dussera!