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August 26, 2015

Ada Pradhaman Recipe - Kerala Style Onam Payasam Recipes

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Ada pradhaman recipe
Ada Pradhaman is an yummy, traditional Kerala style dessert recipe (Payasam recipe) that is made specially during Onam and Vishu. Onam sadya would not be complete without Ada pradhaman. Last year I tried Palada pradhaman by making homemade ada(Rice chips) using rice flour.

This time I found a packet of readymade ada in a nearby store. So I bought them and tried both palada pradhaman( with milk & sugar) and Ada pradhaman( with coconut milk & jaggery) recipes. My job became much easier with store bought ada. I referred Kitchentreats and few video for making Ada pradhaman. It came out very well. The flavor and taste of cooked ada with jaggery syrup and coconut milk was awesome. We had two bowls of this ada payasam after having the splendid Onam Sadya lunch. Color of this payasam may vary based on the color of jaggery. Some people also make it using Milkmaid / condensed milk or cows milk. But its not the traditional method. Ok, Lets see the preparation of Kerala style Ada pradhaman recipe.

Check out my Onam sadya lunch menu ideas and recipes herea !!

Ada Pradhaman Recipe

Ada pradhaman Recipe

Ada pradhaman Recipe Ada Pradhaman using store bought ada
Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Store bought ada - 1/2 cup
  • Grated Jaggery - 1 cup
  • Thin Coconut milk – 1/2 cup
  • Thick coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Cardamom - 2 nos ( crushed)
  • Roasted coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Cashews and raisins - optional
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Milk – as needed (optional)
  • Soak the ada in hot water for 30 minutes & pressure cook it in medium flame for 1 whistle adding water twice the quantity of ada. Don’t worry even if ada turns slightly mushy because if you put them in jaggery syrup,it will separate. Remove the ada and set aside. 
  • Alternately, you can soak the ada in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain and wash in cold water to retain its shape. I follow this step if the ada is small in size. I use Double horse brand for small sized ada. 
Ada Pradhaman Recipe
Ada Pradhaman Recipe
  • Chop a coconut slice into small pieces. Chop the cashews and roast everything in ghee. Adding nuts is optional. Add to the payasam at the end.
  • Slice the coconut using the back of ladle or knife OR grate a medium sized coconut. Grind it adding 1 cup of water. Strain the thick coconut milk. This is first milk. Set aside. Again grind the mixture adding 1/2 cup of water and take the second milk. Keep aside.
Ada Pradhaman Recipe
Ada Pradhaman Recipe

  • In a wide bowl, melt the jaggery and strain the syrup to remove the impurities. Add this syrup to the cooked ada. Boil well. Add the 2nd milk and boil for few minutes. Roll boil till its becomes thick and creamy. Lastly add the first milk. Lower the flame completely. Mix well , give one boil in very low flame if needed. Pradhaman should not roll boil after adding first coconut milk. It may curdle. So switch off the stove after adding the first milk..
  •  Lastly add the crushed cardamom powder, roasted coconut pieces, cashews and raisins and add to the payasam. Ada pradhaman thickens as it cools down. 
Ada Pradhaman Recipe
Ada Pradhaman Recipe

Enjoy !
  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as per your taste.
  • Adding dark colored jaggery /Paagu vellam gives a nice color to this payasam.
  • Adding cashews & dry grapes in optional. But don’t skip roasted coconut.
  • Add more coconut milk  & ghee for rich taste.

Try this tasty ada pradhaman payasam for Onam and enjoy with your family !

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great-secret-of-life said...

looks so tempting Chitra..lovely presentation

Chitra said...

Thanks veena :)

The Delicious Destination said...

Such a delicious traditional payasam... A laborious process to do !!!
Chitra, could you please share the info on how to make the adai (rice flakes) at home ?
I am not sure if we get the readymade ones here in USA..

Unknown said...

this looks so creamy sis and inviting dessert the presentation

Chitra said...

Hi,Last year i tried homemade ada from this blog.It worked for me.Please give a try.

The Delicious Destination said...

Thanks for the quick response Chitra.. Will try in the weekend :)

Unknown said...

very delicious payasam...beautiful presentation