Palada Pradhaman

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Palada Pradhaman

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 cup Ada
  • 2 cups Full fat milk
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1/2 tin Condensed milk (200 gms)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar (optional (refer notes))
  • 1 tbsp Chopped cashew
  • 1 Crushed cardamom
  • 1/2 tbsp Ghee


  • Combine milk, water and condensed milk in a pressure cooker. Add washed ada and stir well. Bring it to a boil. Once it boils, close the cooker and put on weight. After first whistle on full flame, reduce flame to low-medium and cook for 5-6 whistles. Switch off the gas.
  • Keep it closed till pressure drops, 15-20 mins. Check the consistency of the payasam and also whether ada is cooked. Keep in mind that payasam tends to thicken as it rests. If the ada is not cooked well or if you want a more thicker consistency, keep cooking on low flame (without the lid) and stir in between.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry the chopped cashews till golden brown, add this to the payasam. Also add crushed cardamom. Serve hot, warm or chilled.


I added 2 tbsp of sugar, but it felt a bit too sweet for me. If you like really sweet payasam, you can add sugar.
It keeps well in the fridge for 3 days.
If you want to substitute condensed milk with sugar, I guess you need 1/2 - 3/4 cup of sugar.
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14 thoughts on “Palada Pradhaman”

  1. Hi Maria, I tried many of ur receipes.. really wonderful dear… here i need to ask u somethng that while cooking ada payasam in der any chance to stick the payasam on to the cooker?? pls rply dear..

    • Hi Triya,

      Thanks Triya :) Good to know that you’ve tried many recipes from here. Yes, payasam may stick to the cooker. While cooking and reducing, milk tends to stick to the vessel, even if it’s cooker.

  2. I love your blog! Love your style of presentation! That’s why was surprised to read your introduction to Diwali in my DOW email. It may be true that during your early years, Diwali was not celebrated in Kerala. But, the fact that you associate the festival to just the north of India, as you had a few neighbours move in from the north is not enough research about this huge festival! Your nearest neighbour Tamilnadu celebrates Diwali with as much pomp & show & largesse as it is celebrated in the north. Please delve into it & you will discover a treasure trove of south Indian recipes for Diwali! Wishing you the best! Please continue to wow us with your variety of recipes.

    • Hi Trishna,

      Thank you very much :)

      As I’ve mentioned in the post, Diwali wasnt celebrated much in Kerala during my childhood days, however I’m not sure about the present day scenario.

      I understand that Diwali is a big celebration in Tamilnadu, the reason I mentioned about North Indian connection is because of my experience with them. I usually write the stuff on blog based on my experience :)

      Please understand that it wasnt my intention to portray Diwali as a North indian festival, but since my writing is based on my experiences I happen to share the same. Hope you understand.

      Belated Diwali wishes to you and I hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones.


  3. Hi..maria

    first of al..your sites new look seems good..

    I m following you for this is the first tim im commenting to your recipe.

    Im a big palada fan..ther is one traditional method of making palada..if you post lik that I would be more happy..

    if you need tha procedure ill mail to you.

    Happy vishu..

    • Hi Neenu,

      Thank you :)

      I guess you are referring to the procedure of making ada from scratch right? I’ve the procedure with me, it’s just that I didnt have the patience to do that ;) If I ever happen to make it that way, will update here.



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