Gothambu Payasam

Gothambu (Broken/Cracked Wheat) Payasam

Here is a sweet treat to celebrate Vishu. I think I’ve told you before..that we dont celebrate Vishu on a large scale. I try to make payasam every year and that’s the only special dish on Vishu day. However there is also another celebration for me on this day. It’s my parents Wedding Anniversary. Also it was my brother’s b’day on 12th April and one more good news is there…we welcomed a new member to our family this month. My cousin sis Ammu is blessed with a beautiful baby girl. So all in all, its celebration time :)

I had this payasam for the very first time around 2 months back, during my stay in Kerala.  There was something special about my holiday this time. That was the first time I spent so much time with my Appa. All these years he was very busy with work and once he retired & became free, it was my turn to be busy. But this holiday we compensated for all the lost quality time. Since my Amma is still working, it was just the two of us during the day. Though we mostly ended up debating about almost every topic under the sun (at times, Sarasa checy came running from the kitchen wondering what’s all the commotion in the living room & another time our driver parked the car on the side road saying that he will drive only if we stop arguing..and what were we arguing about…ohh yeah Balakrishna Pillai, an ex Minister of Kerala being sent to jail, now you got a picture right ;)) we had so much fun. We went shopping together, dining out together & was even planning to go for a movie, but that didnt work out :(


Usually when I’m at home, I try my best to be at least 10 feet away from the kitchen. Because when I’m on holiday, sweating up in kitchen is the last thing I wanna do ;). So Appa & Amma never had a chance to experience my cooking (except once and that’s another story). I decided to make Gothambu Payasam with a little help from Sarasa chechy, since it’s my Appa’s fav. He liked it very much & I was a happy girl. As I said, it was the first time I had this payasam. I’m a die hard fan of Parippu payasam and always looked down at this as a poor cousin of parippu payasam. But I was wrong. After all I’m game for anything with jaggery, coconut milk & ghee. How wrong can it be :)? Since the excitement factor was too much when I made it at home, I completely forgot to note down the measurements. So I made it today again, just to give you the correct measurements & not because of my love for payasam. See I do take pains & make sacrifices for you ;)

Here is a picture of broken wheat, just in case you are curious, how it looks like…

Wish you a very happy Vishu! Hope you celebrate it with your loved ones. Hope you like our Vishu Kaineetam.

PS: I’m free tomorrow, if  you are making a Sadya & wondering whom all to invite :)

You can check out the Sadya recipes here.

Other Payasam recipes:


Here is the recipe:

Gothambu (Broken/Cracked Wheat) Payasam
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8
  • Broken wheat - 1 cup
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Jaggery - 500 gms
  • Water - ½ cup
  • Medium thick coconut milk - 3  ½ cups
  • Thick coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Crushed Cardamom - 3
  • Ghee - 3 tsp
  • Cashew nuts- ¼ cup
  • Raisins - ¼ cup
  • Thengakothu (bite size coconut pieces) - ½ cup
  1. Pressure cook the cleaned broken wheat with 4 cups of water. I cooked it on high flame for around 6-7 whistles. Keep it closed for 15 mins. Drain if there is any excess water. Meanwhile melt the jaggery with ½ cup water. Strain the melted jaggery. Combine the melted jaggery & cooked wheat. Add 2 tsp of ghee to this. Cook this mixture, till the melted jaggery is completely dried. Add medium thick coconut milk to this & combine well. Let it boil. When it attains a thick consistency, add thick coconut milk. Give a good stir & mix well. Add crushed cardamom also. Let it cook for 5 more minutes on low flame & remove from fire. Keep in mind that the payasam tends to thicken as it cools.
  2. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a small pan & fry the bite size coconut pieces first, when it starts changing colour, add cashews & raisins also & fry it. Garnish the hot payasam with fried coconut pieces,raisins & cashews. Serve hot.
The color of the payasam very much depends on the type of jaggery used. I used coconut milk powder the second time. To make a cup of medium thick coconut milk, add 2 heaped tbsp of coconut milk powder to a cup of warm water. For a cup of thick coconut milk, add 3 heaped tbsp of coconut milk powder to a cup of warm water. You can increase or reduce the qty of ghee to suit your taste. Also before adding melted jaggery to wheat, make sure that wheat is cooked well.

  • Febin

    Yay.. I am the first to comment..

    I was searching for a payasam recipe for this vishu..thanks Maria..

    I will try this and will let you know.. :)

  • Ria

    Happy Vishu Maria! The payasam looks great…even I’ve been thinking of doing something for Vishu and I don’t see myself doing anything towards it :D

  • Febin


    After reading your post.. I am missing my family.. mainly my vaapa :(

  • tina

    yummy yummy..happy vishu dear…

  • Kairali sisters

    Hey Maria, wish you too avery happy vishu, gothambu payasam is my fav among sarkara payasam…I have only made this once before..Yours looks yummy ketto :)

  • rachel

    The best times are the times spent with folks right? Vishu wishes to you too.

  • suhaina

    wow..i feel like gulping the whole bowl….wonderful clicks too.

  • juvaria

    helllooo ,,, mariya chechi,, im new to this site nd jz lvd it ,,,,thnkz thnkzzzz a bunch for this lvly recipe,,, i luv gothamb payasam,, but dint know how to make it,,,, now definetly gonna try this out,,,,,, im in saudi with my hubby nd he luvs naadan dishes so im searching for such dishes ,,,,thnkzzz again for this site,,,

  • santosh


  • Anita

    Good Wishes to you Maria on Vishu…

    Yummy presentation, sure its a delight, will try it out tonight !

  • Suman Singh

    Happy Vishnu to you too..payasam looks incredibly good and delicious!!

  • Sonia

    Made this today-I added some chukku podi and some cumin seeds also as thats what I remember tastinga special in cracked wheat payyasam I had soem tiem back.
    Your measurments helped Maria

  • Ligy

    Hi Maria,

    I prepared the payasam y’day. I am yet to serve it but I had this query while preparing it. You have instructed to cook the wheat and jaggery mixture till the jaggery is completely dried. I didnt understand it. I cooked the wheat and jaggery mixture till it was quite thick (for almost 15 min). Then as the wheat was sticking to the bottom of the vessel I went ahead with the coconut milk. Have I done it correctly?

    Thanks for posting this dish. Everybody in my family has got a sweet tooth. I am sure they will just love this. Will try and post a picture of the payasam.


    • Maria

      Hi Ligy,

      Thanks for trying the payasam dear. You’ve done it correctly. By the time the jaggery liquid is melted, it will become thick, so that you can add coconut milk.

      Hope your family liked it.


  • Swapna

    Happy Vishu to you too Maria! Payasam looks delicious dear!

  • priyanka

    i tried it. Yummy. Simple n easy payasam

    • Maria

      Hi Priyanka,

      Nice to know that you liked the payasam. Thanks a lot for the comment :)


  • Rinku

    Hi Maria

    Happy Vishu! Payasam looks yummy… And lovely blog.. the number of recipes is just amazing
    Rinku Naveen

    • Maria

      Hi Rinku,

      Thanks for the compliments :)


  • cynthia

    Morning Maria,

    Love you dear, u truly have a good flair for writing.

    More than the receipe, I love the way u pen down your throughts, feelings which on its own transports us back to our family.

    Keep up the good work.


    Cynthia (Kuwait)

    • Maria

      Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks a bunch for this lovely comment. I always consider myself as a below average writer & comments like this motivates me :)


  • sumsu

    maria I ve been scrolling up and down and just simple staring at that payasam.
    I love anything with sarkara.
    having a cup of payasam after a heavy lunch is yum yum
    I have never made gothambu payasam.
    I am sure ur measurements would help me for sure.
    have u used maggie coconut milk ?
    am gonna try this next week.
    nice tipof urs
    I ll buy darkest colored sarkara
    thank god today I made palada payasam at home
    or else I would be dead now after drooling at that payasam.

  • sumsu

    belated wishes to ur bro as well as ur parents.
    hearty welcome to little girl.
    and a big Hi to sarasa chechi.

  • sumsu

    by the way Maria I tried ur moist butter cake yesterday. As u know I dont have an oven . so made it by steaming it .
    tasted good.
    thank u dear.
    now am confident just to blindly follow all ur recipes dear.
    love u so much

    • Maria

      Hi Sumsu,

      Hope you could try out this payasam soon. Thanks for all the wishes.

      Its great to know that the butter cake came out well :) Can you please share the steaming time & details. It will be helpful for other readers also.

      Now since you are confident about trying teh recipes, I’m expecting a big list of comments from you ;)

      Happy cooking dear..


  • Rusheeda

    Hi Maria,
    The gothambu payasam is really new to me, as I have never tried it before.
    I followed ur recipe yesterday and it turned out to be awesome. Thanx :)

    • Maria

      Hi Rusheeda,

      Thank you so much for trying this payasam. I’m glad that you liked it. Thanks for sharing your feedback here :)


  • Maria John


    Hey I tried out your payasam recipe today..was really good..Loved it..!!
    Thanks :)

    Maria John

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Maria,

      Thank you so much dear :)


  • Jessiya

    hi maria…

    i tried your recipe and it comes out good….thank you for such an awesome recipe……. 

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Jessiya,

      Thanks a ton dear, I’m happy that you liked it. Thanks for the comment :)


  • Preetha G R

    Hi Maria..
    I have tried a few recipe of yours and all came out very well. This gothambu payasam has become my family’s favorite now.. I really like your way of presenting, especially very happy on the quantity you say, which is always accurate and makes it so easy to cook. Awaiting your cook book :)


    • Maria Jose

      Hi Preetha,

      Nice to know that you try recipes from here & I’m glad that it works well for you :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment.


  • Khansa Mohammed Alavi Erooth

    dis is my first comment in ur site though am a regular visitor…i love ur presentation….keep it up…
    i have also started a blog some months bak but between i had a baby so its on d lag nw….

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Khansa

      Nice to know that you are a regular visitor here, thank you!

      Congrats for the baby! Hope you can get back to blogging soon…


  • Priya Louis

    hai maria
    i prepared it today came out so well.thank u 4 the delious payasam

    • Maria Jose

      Thank you Priya for trying the recipe & also for taking time to post a comment here :) I’m glad that you liked the payasam.


  • Ramya Rajesh

    Hi Maria, Tried this for Onam today and it tasted very yummy…Thanks for the recipe..My mother makes it the same way, but I followed your recipe as you have explained it well with the exact proportions. Have a look…

    • Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Ramya. Very nice to know that you liked it. Hope you had a wonderful Onam. Thanks again for sharing it in your blog too :)


  • Maria Jose

    Hi Kumar,

    You can serve around 6-8 people with the above qty.


  • Rose

    Dear Maria,

    I have whole wheat kernels with me. Can I use it for this payasam? Or do I have to buy cracked wheat as such?

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Rose,

      I havent tried it with whole wheat kernels. But a google search tells me that we can make it, So I guess its ok :)

      Happy cooking! Hope it comes out well.


  • Alchasajan

    tomorrow i going to make this dear….thank you so much.iam very confident with ur i got success earlier…..u made me a good cook.thank you

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Alcha,

      Did you get to make the payasam? Hope it came out well. Btw, thanks a lot for your wonderful comment dear :)


  • sandhya

    hey Maria………

    I made this payasam yesterday as it was my hubby’s birthday. I have made this payasam several times before also. But I never had exact measurements. So each time it had different different tastes. I should say It was toooooooooo goooooooooood……….thank you so much dear for sharing the recipe .  Planning to make it for this vishu also.

    one thing to point out………..the broken wheat I used had very tiny grains. It was ready by 2 whistles on high flame( may be useful 4 other inexperienced cooks)


    • Maria Jose

      Hi Sandhya,

      Belated b’day wishes to your husband. Thanks for trying the recipe from here dear. I’m really happy to know that it worked well for you… Hope you had a wonderful Vishu too with your family.

      Thanks for sharing your tip about cooking the broken wheat. I’m sure other readers will find it helpful :)


  • Preeti

    Hi Maria

    i tried this recipe over the weekend and when my husband and my sister saw me cooking this in the kitchen they had a funny expression on their face and were not no so excited about me cooking this recipe, after we finished the dinner also nobody was interested in tasting the payasam since it was broken wheat but when they tasted it they liked it so much that there was demand for a second helping , even next day i took it to the office and i received many compliments, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe,

    by the way this was my third or fourth recipe from your site in last 2 week,s so maria is now a familiar name in my house, whenever i say that i have cooked something different today, immediately my younger sister will ask  me “maria chechi yude recipe aano” and i am smiling, since we are in kuwait she misses my mom’s payasam, my mom is a payasam lover and keeps cooking payasam even if no speical  ocassion

    Thank you  and keep posting different recipes, btw today i read your 15 minutes of fame column and was really happy to know how you started and where you have reached, even special thanks to Jose who encouraged your cooking skills,

    ok bye take care


    • Maria Jose

      Hi Preeti,

      Thanks a ton dear for the comment! I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share your experience here :)

      You know what… when I made this payasam for Jose, I also had a similar experience. He was like why wasting time making this… but after having it, he also liked it very much :)

      Btw, I’ll convey your regards to Jose, I’m sure he will be happy :)

      Please do convey my regards to your family as well. Take care n have fun cooking!


  • Ceby Ajay

    Hi Maria,
    Happy Onam to u. I am a frequent visitor here and made at least half a dozen of ur recipes. It were all hit! :-)
    Just yesterday, I made the broken wheat payasam, pumpkin erisheri n pairippu curry!! It all came out really well. Thanks to ur detailed recipes.


    • Maria Jose

      Hi Ceby,

      Thanks a lot for your wishes and belated Onam wishes to you too..

      I’m thrilled to know that you’ve tried half a dozen of recipes posted here, thank you!


  • Neethu Thambi

    Thank you for this recipe. Tried this for onasadya, was quite a success

    • Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Neethu :) Great to know that you liked it. Hope you had a wonderful Onam..


  • Deepti

    Received a lot of praise after I made this but all of it rightfully should go to you-so Thank You for a wonderful recipes!

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Deepti,

      That’s so kind of you to say that, but I think the cook also deserves a lot of credit :)

      Thank you very much dear for the comment.


  • Saranya

    Instead of broken wheat can we use whole wheat grain for this dish?

    • Maria Jose

      Saranya, I havent tried using the whole wheat grain. May be you can try it by making a small qty.


  • fedwa noushad

    Is there any problem to add a pinch of salt b4 cooking the whole wheat???

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Fedwa,

      I cooked it without salt, but if you want may be you can add a pinch.


  • Alpana Deo

    Maria,first of all what a nice opening for this post. It felt as if I am sitting at your home. Now,coming to the recipe…very nicely explained. I had this payasam last week at one if my friend’s place. Since then,I want to try it once. Thanks for this recipe.

    Alpana Deo

    • Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Alpana :) I do hope you get to try this Payasam soon.