Palada payasam (paal ada payasam made with rice ada and milk) is one of the most popular South Indian Kerala style milk based payasam or kheer recipe (Indian style pudding).
Payasam is simply the Malayalam word for Indian style kheer/pudding (payasam is used in other South Indian languages like tamil as well).
This payasam (or kheer) is made using ada which is a kind of rice flakes which is quite thick in texture and its different from aval or poha which is another kind of rice flakes.
Palada payasam made using rice ada takes longer time to cook than the aval payasam which is more easier to cook.
What Is Ada Payasam?
As I mentioned above, ada is kind of rice flakes which is quite thicker in texture and so its different from other kinds of rice flakes which is more easier to cook.
Ada was traditionally prepared at homes using rice flour mixture which is spread over banana leaves, which are then wrapped in cooked in boiling water.
Nowadays, we can find ada in Indian grocery stores that sell Kerala groceries (its not easily available in all stores though if you are outside India).
Ada payasam is dessert prepared using the ada, the most popular kinds being palada payasam which is a milk based pudding like dessert and also ada pradhaman which is prepared using coconut milk and jaggery as main ingredients.
How To Cook Rice Ada?
To make payasam, you have to cook ada in advance for the most of the recipes or you can cook ada while you make the payasam like in this easy palada payasam recipe.
If you decide to cook the ada in advance, you will need to boil some water and cook the ada until its cooked enough and then you can use this cooked ada to make payasam.
Even if you cook the ada only when you make the payasam like in this recipe, you have to soak the ada first so that they will be soft once you start cooking the payasam. Otherwise it will be difficult to get it cooked properly.
What Is Palada Payasam?
Palada payasam is made using ada (rice flakes that we learnt about above), milk, sugar etc. It is basically a milk based creamy, Indian style pudding made using rice flakes.
Another very popular payasam made using ada is ada pradhaman which is made using ada, jaggery, coconut milk etc.
How To Make Palada Payasam?
To make this easy palada payasam with condensed milk, we first soak the ada in hot water for few minutes so it will be soft. Then drain the water used for soaking ada and wash the ada in cold water few times.
Heat ghee in a pan and add the ada, also add milk, cardamom and sugar, stir well and bring the mixture to a boil (while you stir often).
And then we cook the ada until its almost cooked (around 10 minutes by cooking in closed lid for few minutes which is explained in detail in the recipe card).
Then we also add the condensed milk, stir well and cook for another few minutes until the ada is cooked soft enough for your preference.
If you wish, you may also fry cashews and raisins in little ghee and add it to the prepared payasam.
Pink palada is also very popular kind of palada payasam where the milk turns slightly pink in color.
To achieve this, many recipes use a pressure cooker method.
However, this is not pink palada (though it looks slightly pink in color when I look at some of the photos now :)), but this is an easy palada payasam recipe, following which you can make delicious palada payasam easily at home.
More Payasam Recipes In This Blog With Condensed Milk:
You can make more delicious payasam varieties with condensed milk. They are creamy, delicious and easy to make.
So here is how you can make this palada payasam easily in a large pan following this easy palada payasam recipe.
Palada Payasam – Ada Payasam Recipe With Condensed Milk
- 1.5 cups rice ada rice flakes, broken into small sized pieces
- 4 cups low fat milk (2% fat milk)
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cardamom pods
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- hot water enough for soaking ada
- Soak the ada in hot water for few minutes (about 20 minutes will be enough).
- Drain the water and wash the soaked ada in cold water for 2 to 3 times.
- Heat ghee in a wide bottomed large pan, and add the ada, mix well to coat with the ghee.
- Add the low fat milk (if you are using full fat milk, you can use just 3 cups of milk and use 1 cup of water), and also add the sugar and cardamom pods, stir well and bring the mixture to a boil (stir as needed).
- Once the mixture begins to boil, immediately reduce the flames to medium, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, while you keep stirring as needed.
- After 4 to 5 minutes of cooking, close the pan with lid and cook in low heat for another 6 minutes (make sure the heat is very low).
- Once the cooking is done, open the pan, stir well and see if the ada is cooked. If needed, you may cook for another couple of minutes more.
- Add the condensed milk, stir well and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes more until the ada is soft and the payasam (kheeis creamy. Serve hot or chilled as you wish!