Payasam Recipe

Payasam, a popular South Indian delicacy, is a delicious symphony of tradition that has endured for centuries. This wonderful delicacy, also known as Kheer in other regions of India, has a particular place in many people’s hearts, not only because of its rich, creamy texture, but also because of its cultural significance. In this culinary trip, we’ll look at the history of Payasam and walk you through a step-by-step process to make this delectable treat for four people.

History of Payasam:

Payasam originated in ancient India as an offering during religious rites and festivals. This simple yet delectable dish gradually made its way into households, becoming a staple during joyful occasions. The usage of commodities such as rice, dal, jaggery, and coconut milk shows the region’s agricultural bounty as well as their cultural significance.


Payasam Recipe


Discover how to make real South Indian Payasam with this step-by-step recipe. Discover the history of this popular dish and enjoy a sweet symphony of tradition that will make your taste senses sing.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Payasam
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal


  • 1 Heavy-bottomed pan
  • 1 Ladle
  • 1 Mixing bowls
  • 1 Wooden spoon
  • 1 Measuring cups and spoons


  • - 1 cup Basmati rice
  • - 1 cup split green gram moong dal
  • - 1 cup jaggery grated
  • - 1 cup coconut milk
  • - 1 cup milk
  • - 1/2 cup ghee
  • - 1/4 cup cashews chopped
  • - 1/4 cup raisins
  • - 4-5 cardamom pods crushed
  • - A pinch of saffron strands
  • - A pinch of salt


Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Rinse and Soak
- Rinse 1 cup Basmati rice completely. Soak it in water for fifteen minutes. Simultaneously, soak 1 cup of split green gram (moong dal) in water.
Step 2: Step 2: Cook Rice and Dal
In a heavy-bottomed pan, simmer soaked rice and dal in 4 cups of water until soft and mushy. This could take about 20-25 minutes on medium heat. Mash them thoroughly and set aside.
Step 3: Make Jaggery Syrup
- In a separate pan, heat 1 cup grated jaggery with 1/2 cup water. Strain the mixture to remove any contaminants before adding it to the cooked rice and dal.
Step 4: Add Coconut milk
Combine 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup ordinary milk in the mixture. Stir well and simmer for a further 10 minutes to enable the flavors to mingle.
Step 5:  Tempering with Ghee and Nuts
Ghee and Nut Tempering: Heat 1/2 cup ghee in a small pan. Sauté chopped cashews and raisins till golden brown. Combine this tempering with the Payasam mixture.
Step 6: Flavor Infusion: 
Crush 4-5 cardamom pods and add to Payasam. For a delicious flavor balance, infuse the meal with a pinch of saffron strands and a dash of salt.
Step 7: Final Simmer
- Finish by simmering the Payasam on low heat for 10 minutes to thicken and absorb the rich flavors.
Step 8: Serve and Enjoy 
- Once the Payasam is creamy, remove from heat. Serve it warm in bowls and enjoy the delicious combination of textures and flavors.


Payasam is more than just a dessert; it represents history and culture. This South Indian delicacy crosses generations, encasing memories and cultural richness in its creamy texture. Try this recipe and let the delicious symphony of tradition enchant your taste buds, generating memories that will stay long beyond the last bite.

Equipment List:

  1. Heavy-bottomed pan
  2. Ladle
  3. Mixing bowls
  4. Wooden spoon
  5. Measuring cups and spoons

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