Ada Pradhaman

Now where should I start, hhmm.. am clueless. It was exactly like this 3 years back, when I started this small space of mine called MariasMenu. Yes, MariasMenu is celebrating its 3rd birthday this month!! I never thought this space would come this far, I've never worked in a place for 3 years, so this is something great for me. At least I can now say that I've one hobby that lasted/lasts for sometime :)

If you're interested in history, please read on or else jump straight to the recipe, wait…there is something for you at the end. As I've said before I was clueless when I started this. I didn't even know what a blog was. I was told by my computer guru (read my husband Jose), its an online diary and you can write your recipes there instead of a book. I thought ok, not bad. So I started writing recipes in this diary. That's how it all started. I am very much embarrassed to say this ….when I started the blog I didn't even know there were other food blogs!! (how was I supposed to know that others were also writing recipes like this!!)

Didn't I tell you before, I was stuck at the Charles Babbage era of computers? It took me sometime to get used to this “blogging” thing :). If you check the earliest recipes, you can see that there are no pictures and the reason…how many of you put pictures in your recipe diary?? I don't. So after the “blogging” thing got into my head, pictures started appearing here :). For that I'd like to thank my in laws, because they are the ones who gave me the idea of putting snaps here. Btw, have I told you, that before if somebody used to ask me to take photo I used to flee and now because of blogging I at least know how to switch on & off a camera ;)

Blogging has helped me in many ways and I don't have any regrets. This introduced me to many people from different parts of the world, helped me to understand different types of cuisines, encouraged me to read more about cooking, try out new recipes regularly etc etc; All this happened primarily because of my husband, Jose. Thank you my dearest :). How can I repay you, hhmm may be I will let you do a guest post here ;). I would also like to thank my family (who don't believe in my cooking skills yet and think that I've cut and paste all these snaps from somewhere else…just my luck!), thank all my friends, including my blogging friends who take time to leave sweet comments here and encourage me to continue with this.

If you've noticed I've started posting more regularly from last year onwards. For that am ever grateful to my dearest cousin sis Ammu. After she started cooking, she used to give constant feedback about the recipes, how I write them, about the snaps etc; Her feedback was a great motivation for me, thank you my dearest sis :). Another person I would like to thank is another cousin sis of mine, am sure most of you know her, yes you guessed it right, its Annita :). I think the existence of my blog was known to the world, only after she linked to me. Dear Annita, thank you for your support and encouragement.

Ok, please dont feel bad, I havent forgotten you, how can I??. After all, you are the ultimate motivator for me. If you weren't interested in turning the pages of my online diary, MariasMenu, again n again, I wouldn't have written for the past 3 years. I would have stopped it long back. Thanks a ton for all your comments and sharing your happiness with me. Please do continue to drop in here and share your thoughts, comments, suggestions and happiness.

Here's something for you: As part of our b'day celebration, we decided to give away a surprise gift. You dont have to do any cooking or take snaps, just answer a simple question. The winner will get a small gift coupon from

The question is: How many dishes in MariasMenu has the word “Malabar” in its title?

You can give your answers through the comment form. The last day for giving the answer is July 6th. General comments will be published, but your comments with the answer for this question will be published only after July 6th & the winner will be announced in the next post. If more than one person gets the correct answer, the winner will be decided by a lucky draw.

Update: Please try to post your answers through the comment form itself instead of sending it as a mail.

Btw, one more thing before I go to the recipe. I wanted to bake a cake for this occasion and I also wanted to send that to Ria dear's Celebration event. I did bake one, but it was a disaster :(. So I decided to go for a Kerala style b'day celebration. Ria dear, sorry for not making it this time :(.

Note: I've posted this originally as Palada Pradhaman. I changed it to Ada Pradhaman, since some readers pointed out that palada pradhaman is made with milk and the one I made with jaggery is just Ada Pradhaman.

Here is the recipe:

Ada Pradhaman
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Ada Pradhaman (And A Surprise Gift For You !)

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Author: Maria Jose


  • 1/2 cup Ada (75 gms)
  • 250 gms Jaggery
  • 2-3 tsp Ghee
  • 1.75 cups Medium thick coconut milk
  • 1.25 cups Thick coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp Tiny coconut slices (thengakothu)
  • A handful of Cashew nut
  • 2-3 Cardamom (crushed)


  • Cook the ada in 2-3 cups of water, till it becomes soft. Strain the ada and wash it in cold water to remove the stickiness. Add 3 tbsp of water to the jaggery & melt it. Strain the melted jaggery.
  • In a deep bottom pan, combine melted jaggery, cooked ada & 2 tsp of ghee. Cook on low – medium heat till the mixture becomes thick and start separating from the pan. Add medium thick coconut milk. Cook on medium -low heat and stir in between. When the coconut milk reduce to half the quantity, add thick coconut milk and stir well. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Kindly note that the payasam will thicken itself later on, so after adding thick coconut milk, do not keep it for a long time. Add crushed cardamoms, just before removing from the gas.
  • Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan & fry the coconut slices & cashew nuts. Add it to the payasam. Serve hot.
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Check out Ada Pradhaman made by Rachel based on the above recipe.

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77 thoughts on “Ada Pradhaman”

  1. Hey Maria! Just a question on this recipe! Is it okay to substitute coconut milk with normal milk? Do advise me on that! Thanks!

        • Hi Rupali,

          I’ll give you a approx measurements for making coconut milk with coconut milk powder. You can adjust it to suit your requirements. For 1 cup thin coconut milk, add 1 cup water to 1 tbsp coconut milk powder. For medium thick, add 1 cup water to 2 tbsp coconut milk powder and for thick coconut milk, add 1 cup water to 3 tbsp coconut milk powder. Use this as a guideline and add more or less powder to suit your preferred consistency.

          Hope this helps..

  2. your site..tried a few..all turned out pretty good..just wanted to know when you say coconut you use the maggi coconut powder?

  3. hi maria,

    thanks to u!! i have started cooking almost everyday. and as onam is coming up, palnning to cook some items from your sadhya recipes which includes this payasam.
    i wanted to know if i can use coconut powder for the coconut milk. please let me know.

  4. Hii
    All ur recipes r superb… cooking is of one my hobbies nw only b’coz of ur recipes… wanna try this payasam… tell me which ada r u using for ths..

  5. Maria,no words to speak about u’r recipes..U r a great inspiration for not great cooks like us..Hats off to u’r efforts..

  6. Hi Maria, I just made the Ada Pradhaman – came out great. Over the weekend we also tried the Indri-Appam & that too came out great.

  7. Hi Maria, I am new to this blog. I have a question about using store bought rice ada for ada pradhaman. My mom says if i use that ada, it would become hard like rubber when mixed with jagerry even if i cook it well. what is your opinion?

  8. Hi maria, i am new to this blog,.. had a question about ada pradhaman. does ready made rice ada become ‘ rubber like’ when cooked with jaggery (my mom says so) Did u use store bought rice ada for your recipe?

    • Hi Achu,

      I used readymade ada only for this payasam. If the ada is cooked correctly as per the package instructions, it wont be rubbery. Try to follow the instructions on the packet correctly. Hope it comes out well for you :)


  9. Maria, I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for a long time now. I just made my very first ada pradhaman using your recipe and it was awesome!!! My husband and I, we both absolutely love it! The version my MIL makes is really thick, I guess she uses more ada and less coconut milk. But we both thought, the less thick version was definitely better! Kudos to the great work you keep doing!!!!!!

      • Hi,
        Instead of jaggery and coconut milk, can use cow’s milk and sugar. that we called as palada pradhaman. but that preparation is little bit different from ada pradhaman. if you will make ada with rice powder in traditional way, that will be more delicious.
        Thank you.

  10. I really like your website. It helped me on Maudy thursday when I had to prepare peshadri pal

    Thanks a lot. Keep the good work. Can you give me recipe for vepila katti.

    • Hi Anu,

      Thank you for the wishes. I’m happy that you were able to make Indri appam from here.

      I will try to post the vepilla katti recipe, but I’m not sure when :)


  11. hey Maria,
    i hav tried…it came out rly well… i wanted 2 make smethng for my colleagues…m frm bombay…so mostly al my colleagues r maharastrians…they rly luved it.. bt one ques… can v use sugar instead of jaggery?

    • Hi Silpa

      Thank you :)

      I think if you make it with milk, you can use sugar instead of jaggery. Please check out the semiya payasam n pal payasam recipes here.


  12. Hello Maria,

    Appreciate the effort.The site is just “delicious”.
    Just 1 quick q?I thought palada is ada payasam with milk,ada pradaman is the jaggery version,but paalada is only with milk,no jaggery.


    • Hi Ambily,

      Thank you.

      It was written “palada” on the ada packet, hence I put it as palada pradhaman.

      Anyways, if its ada pradhaman for sure, I will change it. Thanks for pointing it out :)


  13. Hi Maria,

    Congratulations on your big milestone! I am glad I came across your site. The pictures make it very enticing.

    One question regarding this recipe – what is Ada in english? I am not sure what it is.


  14. hey maria…nice website. will surely try out all ur recipes… and wit the pictures included it looks very yummy!! :-)

    Sreeja Jay

  15. Hi Maria
    This is the first time am visiting your website
    your recipes are looking yummy. i have missed this site all these days.ll try your recipes and ll let you know. keep rocking!!


    • Hi Manju

      Thanks a lot for dropping in and for your sweet words :)

      Please try out the recipes and let me know how it comes out. Hope you will like it.

      Happy cooking :)


  16. Missed reading your space…am back and congrats on the three years…was glad to come by this blog,’s saved many a mealtime for me..keep blogging!

  17. Hi Maria~

    Thanx for replying to my query.

    Good thing about the contest is that I went through all your recipes and found quite a few that I am definitely going to make :-) [Usually I am content just looking at the beautiful pics, not to mention the ‘madichi’ bit :-)]

    As for the contest, I found 4 recipes with ‘Malabar’ gracing the title. Yet to try any of them. Definitely will, if I win :-)

    Congrats once again on a job well done!!

  18. Hi Maria,
    Congrats on the 3rd year anniversary. You should know that I am a regular visitor of you blog now — when ever I am hunting for naadan dishes, I am here :)

    Now abt the quiz you have up here. Is the answer ‘4’ ?

    Keep posting more mouth watering recipes

  19. Maria,
    Congrats on completing three years of blogging! I came across your blog while going through Annita’s. Am a regular now:)

  20. CONGRATULATIONS on completing 3 successful years of Marias Menu, dear! I am sure its getting to be a bigger hit day by day. Perfect recipe for the occasion and I am going to try it out very soon. Will let you know! :) n hope I am the lucky winner! :D

  21. The answer is 4.
    Congrats on completeing 3 successful yrs and hope it continues the same.Even though I have not left a comment earlier,I was a silent reader of ur blog and have tried ur recipies many times and all was hits at my home.Thanks a lot.

  22. Oh,the real surprise was reading your beginning..Happy 3 rd anniversary dear Maria.I love this place so so much that i feel am a latecomer here..
    perfect payasam for the occasion and great presentation Maria..Hugs for the great job you are into..

  23. hi Maria

    wishing ur blog a very HAPPY BDAY..i accidentally came across ur site and i must say i have tried so many of ur recipes..and u wldnt believe when i say tht all came out fantastic…especially the carrot daughter jst loved it..probably u shld add some north indian dishes too..

    The other day i wanted to make bhatura and i came looking for the recipe first to MARIAS MENU but was sad when i didnt find it..anyways once again congratulations…and looking forward to many more recipes frm ur side..

    Well abt the question…i guess its FOUR..there r four recipes that has the word MALABAR in its title..

    take care..

  24. Wishing MariasMenu a very happy birthday in advance…..

    I tried parippu payasam.. it was yummy.. let me try this too and let u knw my comment..

    SO how are you both doing??

    Jesus Bless you!!

  25. It’s 4! plus one.. unnakkai..but the word is not mentioned in the title!!!

    And Mariammo….. it’s okay! Thanks for trying!! There’s always a next time!! :)

  26. OH MARIA!!! This is one of my fav fav payasam! I can never sip it… instead GULP it down :)

    Okay! Now lemme see if I am lucky enough to get the gift coupon! :)

  27. Hey Maria..Wishing your blog a very Happy Birthday..3

    I remember hopping on to Mariasmenu from Annita’s blog,but you didn’t have any profile pic put up then and I had no clue it was you;).I think it was through Orkut that I knew you were the one behind MM:).

    If this is how you take pictures knowing-just to shut on and off your camera…I don’t want to know more;).Seriously,the pictures are mindblowing:).

    I’ll have to go through your archives to know the answer for the contest question,is that allowed:)???

  28. Congrats on your blog anniversary Maria! Completing three years is simply awesome! You have an amazing blog with tempting dishes. Keep blogging! Palada Pradhaman looks so delicious! My favourite! Esp I love to have with sadya. As for the challenge, I give the answer as 4 :)

  29. The word malabar is mentioned 8 times.

    Happy birthday n keep up the good work. Love each of your dishes. Tc!!

  30. Happy Bloganniversary!! You have a great blog here and lots of wonderful recipes to try. I’m guessing 4 recipes with malabar in the title? Malabar Mutton, chicken, pathiri and Fish.=)!!!


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