Pal Payasam

I was waiting to make this payasam for quite sometime but i couldn't find red rice here in Bahrain. So this time when i went to India “Paysam rice” was topping my shopping list :). I had tried making pal payasam before in a pressure cooker, for the first onam after our wedding. The taste was good, but the effort was not worth it ( i had a hard time cleaning the cooker as well as the kitchen).

This time i just blindly followed the long method mentioned in Archana's Spicyana, except for the quantity. I had only 1 litre milk and i was soooo determined to make the payasam today, come what may, i just took the half of what she has mentioned. Here goes the quantity that i used.

Here is the recipe…

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Pal Payasam

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Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 5
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 4 cups Milk
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2/3 cup Rice (i used the red rice)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 – 3 Cardamom (pods crushed)
  • 10 Cashew nuts (toasted in ghee)


  • You can see the method here. This quantity is sufficient for 4, 5 people. Thanks Archana for this beautiful and simple recipe.
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11 thoughts on “Pal Payasam”

  1. Hi maria..

    payasam is really yummy…I really loved it…

    One simple note which i got from my mom…for pal payasam the rice used is a special red rice called ‘unkkal ari’…..I think this is available only in kerala….

    • Thanks Sabitha :) I’ve seen Nirapara brand payasam rice here, its red color but dont know whether its same as the one you are referring to, anyways thanks for the info, I will check that rice during my next trip to Kerala :)


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