Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Paruppu pradhaman/ Paruppu payasam

I just recovered from an ankle injury and fever. That's my reasonable excuse for not being able to post any news recipes or check out your posts. I'm sure all of you understand and I don't have to apologize. It's good to be back :)
Onam is coming up, on September 2nd this year, which is on wednesday. For those of you who want to know the significance of Onam, click here. Onam too, like Vishu, is celebrated with pomp and splendour in Kerala. Onam is the time of harvest and prosperity. Onam sadhya is similar to what we have for Vishu . I have mentioned about Vishu in one of my previous posts. To read about it, click here .
So here is a very traditional recipe of a very rich payasam called paruppu pradhaman. This is a thunderbolt recipe. Will definitely create an everlasting impression. Extremely scrumptious. The wonderful warm taste of jaggery and the bite from the dal is what makes for it's unbeatable flavor. The creaminess that the coconut milk renders to the payasam ................Unbelievable.
Actually, words cannot do justice to the taste of this payasam. You have to try it to believe me.

Usually, my mother adds ghee-roasted coconut pieces as well, to garnish the pradhaman. I forgot to set aside some coconut for garnish, so, I have not used any.

  • Ingredients: (Serves 3-4)

    Moong dal - 1/2 cup
    Water- 1-1/2 cups + 1 cup
    Coconut milk - 400 ml
    Jaggery - 9 small peices ( Abt 3/4 cup)
    Cardamom powder - 1/4 tspn
    Ghee - 1 tbspn
    Cashews and raisins - 3 tspns each.
  • Dry roast the moong dal in a pan, on medium heat, till a nice aroma arises and the yellow dal turns golden color. (Takes about 6-8 mins)
  • Take a pressure cooker and add the dal and 1-1/2 cups of water. Cook for 2 whistles.( or till just done. The dal should not be mushy)
  • In another pan, melt the jaggery with 1 cup of water and strain the jaggery to remove the dust at the bottom.
  • Add the cooked dal to this melted jaggery and let it simmer on low heat for about 20 mins.
  • Add the coconut milk to the above mixture, cook on medium heat for 10-15 more minutes. Stir constantly. ( Add more water to the payasam if it is too thick)
  • Add cardamom powder.
  • Heat ghee and roast the cashews and raisins separately add to payasam.( If u have small, sliced coconut pieces, you can fry that and add it too)
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. ( I like it at room temperature)
Luv 'n' luc'


  1. awww..are you feeling better now? We can completely understand your situation dear.

    The pradhamam looks yummillicious and mouthwatering.

    Take care.

  2. i take ur word..thunderbolt recipe will definitely try it this time!!!

    no excuses..now that u are up, u can visit everyone and leave ur precious footprints around...i hope the ankle is up and dancing eating the payasam!!

  3. adipoliii..ithu try cheyyanamm..:)
    hope u r alrit now..happy onam..:)

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  5. Hi you have a nice blog. Happy Onam. Pls participate in sweets n savouries event in my blog and I have an award for you pls do accept it.

  6. Hope u doing good now .!Payasam looks too good ..I always add pinch of salt ..:)to this .Awesome pics ..Looks delicious !
    Get well soon da! I am on vaction till december .Seya soon!Bye

  7. Tempting payasam! looks very nice. Feel like popping in couple of cashews from there :-)

  8. Amazing texture and color! I haven't made payasam with coconut milk before, so this is bookmarked!

  9. Pradhaman is the flavour of the day with chakka pradhaman,paal pradhaman set to make their appearances with Onam in the vicinity. Smitha, you make the mouth water with fabulous picture taken by you in each post.An apt post for the season indeed.

  10. Take Care Smitha! Luv prathamans either its adai or parupu, pics are cool

  11. nice click.....payassam looks tempting

  12. Wow pradhamam with coconut milk will be surely delicious! :)

  13. Nice payasam .. Happy Onam to you, Smitha

  14. Mouthwatering pictures Smitha !!

  15. Wow such a mouthwatering and droolworthy payasam..

  16. we call it hesarubele payasa(yellow moong payasam) in Kannada. It tastes real yum..

  17. mouth watering payasam...nice picture

  18. Smitha... how are you now... recovered completely?
    What was the accident?

    Regarding the payasam, I loved the pictures and can imagine the taste as it is the only thing I love in a sadya.

    When I go for any marriage I eat less chor and more payasam.

    I have prepared moong dal payasam with the same recipe and steps.

    My mom also fries coconut pieces in ghee and I do the same.

    If the amount of jaggery is to a better proportion it will taste better...

    Smitha I do not know whether you know about the role of ginger powder(chukku) in a payasam. After you have the moong dal cooked in the cooker and jaggery added, add chukku and mix it well. You will get a jabardast taste...

    If people do not have coconut milk they can use normal milk too...

    Try chukku ssometimes and let me know your feedback.

  19. Hi Smitha...happy to know that you are feeling better now. That photo looks so tempting...so yummy too :) Take care.

  20. My all time fav ...i am gonna make this today,happy onam smitha...

  21. How are u now Smitha? Take rest.Paruppu payasam looks so delicious. Happy Onam dear.

  22. Do I need to purchase the snehita magazine.. to read the one you refrred. Isnt it available online?

  23. You have a wonderful blog. Keep it up.You can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments.

  24. Hey Smitha ...I dint know abt ur accident...glad to hear that you are getting better...
    I had a very serious accident 3-4 months back..luckily nthing happened to both of us...but the car b'come a total loss..nobody would believe we are injuryless seeing the car!!!!

    And btw....Lovely payasam!!!!gotta try it

  25. Wow...I cant stop drooling, this and ada pradhaman are my favorites. We are having an Onam dinner with two other friends this Friday and I'm going to make this...infact I want to make thuis right now.
    Happy Onam to you...

  26. Hope you are fine & doing well Happy Oman to you & your family ...
    I never heard of this recipe & picture looks delicious ... There are some awards & tag in my blog for you , please collect them ...

  27. Oh absolutely delicious!! Hope you are better now and a very Happy Onam to you :)

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  29. Yummyy payasam.. lovely presentation.. :)

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