Paal Payasam

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


  • 1/4 cup Rice (Note 1)
  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar (Adjust to taste) (Use any sweetener you like)
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder

Topping (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • Handful of Cashew Nuts, broken


  • Preferably use White, long grain rice like Basmati Rice. however, this would work for any kind of rice. The cooking time & amount of milk required to cook would vary.
  • Preferably use whole milk. However, any milk (that can be heated for a long time) can be used here


  1. Soak rice in water for 1-2 hours. Discard the water completely.
  2. {{Optional Step}}: Add the rice to a spice grinder / mixer and give a quick blitz to roughly break up the rice grains into smaller pieces
  3. In a pan with high sides, add the milk and rice and mix. Place on medium heat. Let that cook for 30-45 minutes or until the rice is soft & cooked and the milk has reduced by more than half. Keep stirring every 5-10 minutes to avoid the milk from burning.
  4. Add the sugar and cardamom powder and mix well. Again let the mixture cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. Switch off the flame.
  5. (Optional) Topping: Heat Ghee and add broken cashews / almonds / raisins and saute for 30 seconds – 1 minute. Add them to the sweet and mix well
  6. Serve warm.


  1. Soaking the rice in water helps in cooking faster. However, if you haven’t soaked it, just wash well and cook in the milk for a longer time.
  2. In case you want the rice to be in smaller pieces, you can add them to a grinder / mixer to break them up. This way, the rice will get cooked faster as well. In case you want full grain rice, simply add them as is. It will take longer to cook though.
  3. We usually serve this sweet warm. As it cools, it will solidify. Before serving, you can add warm milk and mix if you like. Otherwise, you can have it chilled too.