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Idichu Pizhinja Payasam ~ Another Kerala Style Rice Dessert !

It’s been many weeks now that I posted something of Kerala.With Vishu-Kerala New year, is around the corner,it’s perfect time to post something sweet.Usually made as an offering to Devi (Goddess),this is such a unique dessert to taste.

The name ‘Idichu Pizhinja Payasam‘ may look complicated.But in today’s automated life,the making of payasam is not at all difficult.Not forget what our ancestors would have done to create a delicious  payasam.It’s been a collective work to make such desserts since the ‘Idichu (crushing) Pizhiyal‘ (squeezing) of coconut was such a horrifying job.However,this kheer/payasam is simple to prepare with minimum ingredients. Interestingly,we are not using any garnish in this special payasam.Do try …


1 cup raw rice/pachari
5 cups of water
2 cup thick coconut milk
*1 cup jaggery syrup (boil and strain 300 gm jaggery adding enough water to  bring it to one string consistency)
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ghee
1 tsp dry ginger powder (chukku podi)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder


In an Uruli or a thick bottomed vessel,bring to boil 5 cups of water.Add rice to this and cook till the rice is done and water level decrease to minimum.Pour jaggery syrup and sugar to this and roast well for 3-5 minutes.In between add the ghee and keep on stirring in law flame.Now pour two cups of coconut milk to this and bring to a boil.Simmer for five more minutes.Add dry ginger powder,cardamom powder and cumin powder to this and switch off the stove.
Note:This Payasam can be made dry or semi-dry.

Recipe Source: Lakshmi Nair.

*If you are using dark colored jaggery,the colour of Payasam will be too appealing.Mine is white jaggery and that resulted in a dull colour.


25 comments on “Idichu Pizhinja Payasam ~ Another Kerala Style Rice Dessert !

  1. Torviewtoronto
    March 25, 2012

    payasam looks wonderful i like that you added ginger and cumin in it looks wonderful


  2. Julie
    March 25, 2012
  3. Sumi
    March 26, 2012

    wonderful dessert…


  4. Sravs
    March 26, 2012

    So unique and interesting payasam !!

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  5. Vidhya
    March 26, 2012

    I love this payasam and your payasam looks awesome.


  6. Chandrani
    March 26, 2012

    Payasam looks yummy and delicious.

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  7. faseela
    March 26, 2012

    awesome payassam, yummy….


  8. anilkurup
    March 26, 2012

    The best of this from the Siva kshetram back home!


  9. Bikramjit
    March 26, 2012

    looks goood …



  10. Hema
    March 26, 2012

    The payasam looks so delicious, adding cumin to payasam is very new, nice clicks..


  11. Suja Manoj
    March 26, 2012

    Love this payasam,temple prasadam style..make me nostalgic…love it semi dry..your looks perfect consistency..yum


  12. maha
    March 26, 2012

    This looks really gorgeous………u done this perfectly..n very nice cliks too…..thanx 4 this recipe……


  13. Swathi Iyer
    March 27, 2012

    I like it as liquid version. This one looks perfect.


  14. Sobha Shyam
    March 27, 2012

    wow..so tempting and yummy payasam..looks so authentic..


  15. Kaveri
    March 27, 2012

    Our version of this payasam has much more liquid…your version sounds and looks very yummy


  16. hemalata
    March 28, 2012

    Very tempting n unique payasam, sounds so yummy.


  17. Insignia
    March 28, 2012

    Haaa I love this payasam as it just melts in your mouth. I loved the photo a lot; the uruli gives it such a traditional look


  18. Priya dharshini
    March 29, 2012

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  19. Priya dharshini
    March 29, 2012

    I want to comment in malayalam.but no kolaveri :)…Sure,i want to try this oneday..Adipoli recipe..


  20. Nice snaps!!!
    We make it in the same method, but in a semi liquid form.


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    March 31, 2012

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  22. ANU
    April 1, 2012

    Dear this Payasam is awesomely tempting! very well done with the pics and the presentation! u rock as usual dear!


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    April 11, 2012

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  24. Samta
    May 1, 2012

    wow! loved this payasam – never thought of adding cumin in dessert.
    Loved your serving bowl too.

    My first time on your blog – will be coming here often for sure. You have got a lovely space.


  25. radha
    June 8, 2012

    Delicious. Love the presentation.


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This entry was posted on March 25, 2012 by in kerala food, Lakshmi Nair, payasam, Sadya (സദ്യ).


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