Sago Payasam Recipe
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Sago payasam recipe, an easy Onam payasam recipe with sago or javvarisi (chavvari), perfect for the beginner cook.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 3 tbsp of sago pearls
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 3 tbsp of condensed milk (optional - see notes)
  • 3 tbsp of cashew nuts
  • 2 tsp of raisins
  • 2 tbsp of ghee
  • ¼ tsp of cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup of sugar (adjust to taste)
  1. Heat the ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan and roast the cashew nuts until golden
  2. Drain and set aside
  3. Add raisins to the same pan and fry until they puff up
  4. Drain and set aside
  5. To the same pan with ghee, add the sago and lightly roast until they turn a very light brown
  6. Top up with 1 cup water + ½ cup milk
  7. Cook on low flame until the sago turns soft and gloopy
  8. Add the remaining milk and bring to boil
  9. Continue to simmer and cook until the milk reduces to about ⅔ volume, about 15-20 minutes
  10. The payasam will turn thicker due to the starch from the sago
  11. When the milk has thickened to the desired consistency, add the condensed milk (if using) and sugar
  12. Mix well and bring to a gentle simmer
  13. Finally add the cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts + raisins
  14. Give everything a final stir and remove from heat
  15. Serve warm or chilled
  16. As the payasam cools down, it will become thicker so add more milk before serving for looser consistency
Recipe by Edible Garden at