Monday, August 26, 2013

Paal Payasam Recipe | Gokulashtami Recipes | Rice Kheer

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paal payasam
Paal Payasam is one of the most important offerings to Lord Krishna for Krishna Jayanthi. My mom usually prepares it by boiling the rice in milk over stove top which is very time consuming but it adds a nice creamy taste to the kheer. I have already posted that version of Paal Payasam prepared on stove top earlier. This time I am posting a quick recipe for Paal Payasam using pressure cooker method and also by giving a small twist by adding chana dal. We do make another kheer variety with Rice and Chana dal combination with the base being coconut-khus khus mixture which is a very thick and creamy kheer- I would post it some other time. My MIL makes a similar version of kheer(rather you can say halwa as the texture would be very thick) in North Indian style where she uses basmati rice and pressure cooks it in more quantity of milk for longer duration until it forms like thick mawa, I am yet to post this in my space. It seems like my recipe list to post is never ending.
rice and milk kheer
Coming back to today's post -  Paal Payasam with Rice and Chana dal, if you want you can avoid chana dal and follow the same recipe but the addition of chana dal adds a nice bite to the kheer. We have a tradition to prepare this Paal Payasam for house warming using the milk which we use for the milk ceremony and is considered good for us.
rice kheer

If you have not decided your menu for Sri Krishna Janmasthami which is nearing , go through my
Gokulashtami recipe collection, it might be helpful to you. For quick reference I would suggest you to try any of these following quick recipes:
rice and milk pudding

Paal Payasam with Rice and Chana dal Recipe:
Serves 3-4
Prep time:10 mins | Cooking time: 30-40 mins | Total time: up to 1 hr + soaking time
Cuisine: Karnataka - India | Category: Kheer - Sweets

1/4 cup Basmati Rice
1/4 cup Chana dal(optional)
1 litre thick whole cream Milk
1/2 cup Sugar, approx.
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
8-10 Cashew nuts, slit
2 tbsp. Raisins(optional)
1 tbsp. Ghee

  • Wash and soak chana dal for half an hour. You can avoid chana dal in the recipe.
  • Clean the basmati rice and keep it ready. You can either pulse it slightly or use the whole basmati rice as it is.
  • Heat 1 tsp ghee in a cooker or thick deep pan and dry roast basmati rice slightly until the moisture evaporates and add chana dal and 1.5 cups of milk roughly and pressure cook for 2 whistles. If you are cooking directly in the pan, it takes quite longer but you need to add more milk for cooking it.
  • Once the pressure drops you can add remaining 3- 3.5 cups milk and sugar and let it boil on low flame for 12-15 mins. The kheer thickens slowly and it also would become thick as it sits, so make sure you switch it off accordingly.
  • Meanwhile heat remaining 2 tsp ghee in a pan and add cashew nuts and fry them until they turn golden color and remove them and keep aside. Add Raisins and fry until they bulge and remove them as well.
  • Just before removing it from stove add cardamom powder and fried cashew nuts and raisins and mix well.
Serve it warm, hot, cold or at room temperature.
paal payasam

  • Chana dal is optional in the recipe, but it adds nice bite to the payasam. Give it a try with chana dal its nice.
  • You can even add saffron strands soaked in milk to the kheer at the end which will give a nice saffron color to the kheer.
  • The addition of nuts and raisins is again optional, but for me any kheer is incomplete with out nuts.
  • If you are short of time you can pulse basmati rice in mixer so that it can be cooked faster. If you have rice rava you can even use it.
  • Basmati rice adds a nice flavour to the kheer, hence I suggest to use basmati rice for this kheer. But you can use any rice variety also.
Wishing you all Happy Krishnashtami in advance!!
paal payasam


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and comforting looking payasam. It's indeed a tempting preparation.

great-secret-of-life said...

yummy and creamy payasam

Raks said...

Nice recipe prathy, looks delicious!

Indian Khana said...

Nice kheer looks really yum and beautiful pics ... perfect for KJ

Harini said...

Pal payasam looks so authentic n tempting in silver bowl

Priya Suresh said...

Addition of channadal in paal payasam sounds interesting,creamy and delicious.

lubnakarim06 said...

Love the way you gave the pics a festive look....looks delicious.....

Anonymous said...

Hello from Kuwait! I just love the recipes on your blog. I can see that you love cooking, plus, you have taken a great deal of trouble to share your wonderful recipes and pictures with all. God bless you!

CbeFoodBlogger said...

Super yummy Kheer

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Lovely addition of channa dal to this. U made it yum and presented it perfectly

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Manu said...


Loves the presentation... and the photos!! So tempting.

Here is our pal payasam preparation for janmashtami. Do check it and let me know your comments <3 said...

This post is gorgeous!! Beautiful photography as usual!! Absolutely mouthwatering.

Unknown said...

thanks a loooot

Anonymous said...

yummy innovation

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