Kadala parippu payasam (or kadalai paruppu payasam) is a delicious jaggery-based payasam typically made during festivals and Onam in Kerala. Amma makes payasam as easily as she makes a regular dish and most often, all you need to do is ask for it. The Onam Sadya is obviously incomplete with payasam and we often make two payasams for any Kerala sadya. I love payasam made with jaggery and coconut milk more than milk-based ones like paal payasam. I love the rich, dense sweetness jaggery gives to pretty much anything and the dark, unsalted mounds of jaggery you get in Kerala are quite a treat.
As we roll into yet another Onam that I am not home for, let me at least share a payasam recipe that reminds me of home – and Onam. Amma and I made this together when she was visiting me in May. She brought some jaggery back from Kerala and we used coconut milk powder to make the base of the payasam. She did wildly protest against using the powder and was all set to extract fresh coconut milk at home but I wanted her to spend more in the living room couch with me than with the coconut in the kitchen!
Also check out Cherupayar Payasam Recipe, Palada Pradhaman, and more Payasam Recipes for Onam.
Kadala parippu payasam
- 1/2 cup channa dal / kadalai paruppu
- 1 cup grated jaggery
- 4 cups coconut milk
- 2-3 green cardamom pods powdered
- 1/4 tsp jeera /cumin + dry ginger / chukku powdered together
- 1/4 cup ghee
- 10 cashew nuts
- 10 raisins
- A few pieces coconut pieces / thenga kothu
- Pressure cook the channa dal with 4 cups water until cooked soft (3-4 whistles).
- The channa dal should crumble on crushing between fingers but shouldn't turn mushy fully. This is perfect.
- Add grated jaggery to 1 cup water, heat, and mix until dissolved.
- Then, add this to the pressure cooked channa dal and bring to boil.
- To this, add the powdered cardamom and jeera - dry ginger mixture.
- Let this simmer for about 2-3 mins.
- Add coconut milk and before it comes to a full boil, remove from fire and set aside.
- Heat ghee and add the coconut pieces.
- When it starts to turn brown, add the cashew nuts and raisins.
- When they turn golden brown, dunk the entire thing into the prepared payasam.
- Serve hot or chilled
Pressure cook the channa dal with 4 cups water until cooked soft (3-4 whistles). The channa dal will crumble on crushing between fingers but won’t turn mushy fully. This is perfect. Add jaggery to the pressure cooked channa dal and bring to boil.
To this, add the powdered cardamom and jeera-dry ginger mixture. Let this simmer for about 2-3 mins.
Heat ghee and add the coconut pieces. When it starts to turn brown, add the cashew nuts and raisins. When they turn golden brown, dunk the entire thing into the prepared payasam.
Kadala parippu payasam can be served hot or chilled. I like it either ways although one-day-old chilled payasam holds a special place in my heart. When serving kadala parippu payasam for Onam Sadya, prepare it first thing in the morning and serve warm at the end of the meal.
delicious and easy to make. .
Hi Nags…this is Usha…from Chennai.let me warn you iam not a computer savvy …but I do manage adequately… I was searching for this recipe …going to try this soon for my husband ( he is a CKD patient) now that he is on dialysis… For the past three years… My nephrologist told me I can give these …once in a while… I almost forgot these recipes.,..
Thanks in advance
you are most welcome usha 🙂
Wonderful recipe………..my hubby loved it……thought it was difficult 2 make…..but infact its very easy…..thaankz a ton!
your recipe is authentic.
I live in Sunnyvale, any Indian hotel where I can get dal payasam ?
The payasam that has kept me tied up with Kerala and now my children remembers Onam with this recipe.
welcome back to blogging shella!
Can you please me if there is any place in the bay area CA where I can buy this.
Shella @ Kitchen Secrets
Hye Nags Hw r u? Its been looooong time and I see the changes your blog has made. Looking great as always (both the blog and you 🙂 I honestly love this payasam but have never been able to bring myself to make it> The pics make me wanna dig in right away. I can actually taste the jaggery and the daal. What can I say more!!!!
I am making a good attempt at blogging once again. Pls do drop in
Delicious Payasam,lovely clicks…
Looks delicious..I love anything with jaggery!