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Paalada Paayasam/ Paalada Pradhaman/ Palada Payasam

Paalada Paayasam, a traditional Kerala dessert, which holds an important place in Sadya.
Course Desserts
Cuisine kerala


  • 1 cup Raw rice
  • as required Water
  • a pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Butter Clarified
  • as required Banana leaves

For the Paayasam

  • 4 cups Milk Boiled
  • 1 cup Sugar (or more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom powder


  • If using readymade ada, soak the ada in hot water and keep aside for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water a couple of times to remove the starch.

Preparation of Ada

  • Soak the rice for 2-3 hours.
  • Drain the rice and spread on newspaper to get rid of the moisture.
  • Once dry, grind to a fine powder.
  • Add enough water to form a thick paste.
  • Add a pinch of salt and ghee and mix well.
  • Wilt the banana leaf by holding over the flame.
  • Grease the leaf pieces.
  • Pour a spoonful of the batter on one end of the leaf.
  • Take the leaf on the palm of your hand and tilt your hand, so that the batter slides and spreads all over the leaf.
  • Carefully roll the leaf and place on a steamer.
  • Continue the process till the batter is used up.
  • Steam these rolls for approximately 5 minutes or till the batter firms up.
  • Remove the leaf and cut the ada into small pieces.

Preparation of the Paayasam

  • Put the ada into a pan.
  • Pour the boiled milk into it.
  • Cook on low flame, stirring continuously, till the mixture thickens.
  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Serve warm.