Paal Payasam, South Indian Rice Kheer

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Apr. 04, 2016

Paal Payasam is a must-serve item during south Indian festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions. Made of rice cooked in full-fat milk and sweetened with sugar, this kheer has a very rich flavour and creamy texture, which are boosted further by spices like cardamom and saffron. This South Indian Rice Kheer is something that kids and adults look forward to enjoying on special occasions. It is also one of the offerings made at Kerala temples, and you can find a long queue of people waiting at the prasad counter after mid-morning puja time to buy a portion of this kheer. In temples, the kheer is cooked in large, heavy-bottomed bronze vessels, which gives it an even more intense flavour and richer texture.


Full fat milk 4 1/2 Cup (72 tbs)
Long grained rice 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (((((basmati), soaked for 30 minutes and drained))))
Full fat milk 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , warmed
Saffron strands 1/4 Teaspoon ((((kesar))))
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Cardamom powder 1/2 Teaspoon ((((elaichi))))



1. Combine the warm milk and saffron in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.

2. Heat the milk in a deep non-stick pan, add the rice, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

3. Continue cooking on a medium flame for another 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally and mashing the rice lightly with the back of a spoon and scraping the sides of the pan.

4. Add the sugar, saffron-milk mixture and cardamom powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.


5. Serve warm or chilled.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 13 Minutes
Ready In: 13 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 210Calories from Fat 80

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.8%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 108 mg4.5%

Total Carbohydrates 25 g8.3%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 15 g

Protein 10 g20%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet