Traditional Indian Recipes


Pal Payasam is a traditional South Indian recipe. Today I am preparing pal payasam in Kerala style. One of the main prasadam served in Kerala temples is pal payasam. Ambalapuzha temple is famous for its deity Lord Krishna and for its Pal Payasam severed as prasadam which has a divine feeling.

Today I am posting pal payasam that is light pinkish in color with a delicious and yummy taste. Traditional Pal payasam is prepared in uruli (big thick bottomed vessel) which is a little time consuming process but these Pal Payasam tastes the best. I am preparing Pal Payasam in pressure cooker which is less time consuming and also delicious. Pal Payasam is also served during important occasions in Kerala like marriages, Vishu, Onam Sadhya etc.

Let’s go thru the preparation of Pal Payasam recipe in Kerala style:



Kerala red rice (rose matta rice)/unakkalari          ½ cup

Full cream milk                                                                   4 cups

Water                                                                                       1 cup + 1 cup of hot water

Sugar                                                                                        1 cup

Procedure for preparing Pal Payasam:

  1. Boil milk and allow it to cool down completely.
  2. Wash and drain the rice.
  3. In a pressure cooker add the washed rice, milk, 1 cup of water and sugar and mix well and cook till 4 whistles and off the stove. Allow it to cool.
  4. After 15 minutes open the pressure cooker lid and see whether the rice is cooked. If the rice is semi done. Then add one more cup of hot water to the pressure cooker and close the lid and cook for 1st whistle and sim for 10 minutes and put off the flame.
  5. After 10 minutes open the pressure cooker lid.

Pal Payasam is ready. Pal Payasam is served without any garnishing of nuts or cardamom powder.


  • U can increase or decrease the sugar levels according to your sweetness.
  • U can increase the level of milk if your want the payasam to be little more liquid.


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