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June 27, 2014


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jackfruit payasam
Two weeks back we had a trip to Kumbakonam & we went to Sendhil’s periappa’s house in Manakkarai .They gave us a big jackfruit from their backyard.We brought that to Bangalore & we waited for a week to become fully ripe.Last weekend,myself and Sendhil cut & cleaned this jackfruit for the first time in our life.We watched some youtube videos on “How to cut jackfruit” & we spent nearly two hours to take out all the pieces. It was a good time pass for us Smile with tongue out.As there were nearly 150 pieces,i distributed most of them to all my apartment residents and reserved few for us.After so many years,i enjoyed eating my favourite jackfruit Smile.But still i had so many pieces leftover in my pantry.When i was thinking how to make use of it effectively,this Kerala style chakka pradhaman striked my mind.As i wanted to include this payasam in my next onam sadya menu,i thought to give this a try.For the recipe, i asked my malayali ex-neighbour Mrs.Prema who is the only source for all the kerala recipes i posted in my blog Smile.She always suggests me the easiest method of making.This time too,she told me an easy way to prepare this payasam.As i had store bought coconut milk powder in hand,i made this payasam in just 10-15 minutes.In this method,u don’t have to pressure cook jackfruit pieces and u can add thick coconut milk or plain milk at the end instead of taking 2,3 coconut extract and if u have readymade coconut milk powder at home,making this payasam would be even more easy.Taste & texture comes out awesome Thumbs up. Though this is not the authentic method of making chakka payasam,its sure a quick fix to make an easy dessert in minutes Smile.

Indian express article

Last but not the least,I have a happy news to share with u all.Today, my blog got featured in Indian express-Indulge!.This is the first time an article being published for my blog & I am so happy for it.At this instance, i thank all my fellow blogger friends and readers for your  continuous encouragement and support Smile. And the above picture is the screenshot of the article Smile. So this post is a kind of celebration post for me Party smile.

Chakka pradhaman

Chakka pradhaman Yummy,delicious jackfruit payasam / Chakka pradhaman - Kerala style
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Ripe jackfruit pieces - 12 nos
  • Grated Jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Grated coconut - 1 cup or readymade coconut milk powder – 4-5 tbsp or Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2-1 cup
  • Cashews - few
  • Roasted coconut pieces - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1-2 tbsp
  • Salt – a pinch

  • Wash the jackfruit pieces,remove the seeds & brown colored skin.Then grind the it to a paste.Add some water while grinding but don’t worry even if its coarsely ground.It tastes good to have those pieces while drinking the payasam.(No need to pressure cook before grinding,refer “notes” for more details)
Chakka pradhaman step1
  • Take the grated jaggery in a wide bowl and add 1/4 cup of water to cover it.Melt it to make the syrup.Strain it and take the syrup in a bowl.
Chakka pradhaman step2
  • To this, add the ground jackfruit pulp.Add 1/2 cup of water.Mix well and allow it to boil well till raw smell of jackfruit and jaggery emanates completely.Add a tsp of ghee at this stage.It takes 5-10 minutes.Keep the flame medium.Check for water and add more if necessary.Take care else it will burn.
  • In the mean time,take 3 tbsp of coconut milk powder and mix in 1 cup of water to make thick first milk and prepare second coconut milk by adding 1.5 tbsp of coconut milk powder in 1 cup of water.Set aside. If u are using fresh coconut,grind 1 cup of coconut adding 1 cup warm water,strain and take thick milk.Again add 1 cup of water and take the second milk.
Chakka pradhaman step3
  • Add second milk to the payasam and allow it to to boil well for few minutes.
  • Lastly add the first coconut milk and give one boil.Do not boil for long.Check for sweetness and add more sugar or jaggery syrup if needed.
Chakka pradhaman step4
  • Heat ghee in a pan and roast the cashews and chopped coconut pieces till golden brown.Add it to the payasam and mix well.
Chakka pradhaman step5
PS : If u want to make this payasam quickly,add one cup of thick coconut milk at the end instead of adding first n second milk OR skip coconut milk & add boiled n cooled milk at room temperature. But don’t forget to add at the end after switching off the flame.
Enjoy !


  • There is no need to pressure cook the jackfruit pieces before grinding if they are fully ripe and soft.Just grind it to a smooth paste or little coarse.If the jackfruit is hard,then u have to pressure cook it before u grind.
  • Never add milk or coconut milk in the beginning.If u want u can add third coconut milk which should be very thin or else the mixture will separate and give a curdled look.
  • U can replace coconut milk by plain boiled n cooled milk too. But add it after u switch off the flame.
  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as per the sweetness of jackfruit.
  • If u find sweet is lesser at the end,add sugar and compensate it.

Tasty n easy chakka payasam is ready to serve !
Chakka pradhaman kerala

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  1. so creamy and tasty..Congrats for ur achievement ...

  2. Congrats for your achievement.yummy chakka pradaman want to taste it now.

  3. congrats for the media attention, wish for lots more to achieve. Chakka pradhaman in coconut milk is always bliss.

  4. Your payasam looks too good and very good clicks!

  5. Congrats Chitra .... yummy payasam to celebrate the occasion

  6. Congrats on your achievement. The payasam too deserves an award.

  7. Congrats Chitra! A well deserved one for your effort and passion :)
    Even we had fresh jack fruit this year here after so many years :) payasam looks absolutely delicious and very nice presentation !!

  8. Congrats dear... A well deserved one... Btw payasam looks delicious

  9. congrats for ur achievement n delicious pradhaman!!!

  10. Congratulations on your article in IE and a perfect recipe to celebrate, loved the tempting clicks.

  11. congrats dear on your achievement, wish u many more! n to talk about the payasam, this is one of my fav! feel like grabbing from screen right now

  12. this looks so authentic and real taste of india
    eagerly waiting to try


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