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September 13, 2019

Pink Palada Payasam Recipe In Pressure Cooker

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 Palada Payasam is one of the traditional payasam recipes of Kerala. It is prepared for Onam and Vishu festivals. Authentic palada payasam is prepared by boiling and simmering the milk, sugar, ada for hours together. Sugar caramelizes and milk turns pale pink (rose) in color naturally. But nowadays people follow this short cut and easy method to achieve this pink color in palada payasam. Every year during Onam, I try to make a new recipe as Onam special. This year I tried pink colored palada payasam for a change. I used small sized store bought ada (Double horse brand). It helped to cook quickly. As usual I did in a cooker. In a pressure cooker, we need to boil milk, sugar and ada.  In the mean time, a portion of sugar is caramelized in another pan and added to the cooker. Cook everything for 20 minutes in low flame. Ada will be well cooked and color of the milk turns to pale rose in color. It tastes great with a mild caramel flavor. You will love it for sure. Do try it friends. Lets see how to make pink colored palada payasam recipe with step by step pictures.
pink palada payasam recipe

Pink Palada Payasam Recipe

Pink Palada Payasam Recipe

Pink colored Palada Payasam Recipe with store bought ada in a pressure cooker

Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Store bought ada - 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1/2 liter (use full fat milk)
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp (to caramelize)
  • Water - 1 tbsp (to caramelize sugar)
  • Roasted cashew nuts - 5 (optional, roast in 2 tsp ghee)
  1. Wash the ada and soak in hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. Wash the soaked ada in cold water and set aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, take milk and sugar. Let it start to roll boil.
  4. Keep boiling the milk in low to medium flame.
  5. In the mean time, add sugar and water to caramelize it. Mix well till sugar turns golden brown in color. Do not burn it.
  6. Add to the boiling milk in pressure cooker. Add soaked ada. Put a small plate or spoon.
  7. Mix well and cover cook in low flame for 4 whistles.
  8. Open the cooker after steam is released. You will see a pale pink colored , flavorful palada payasam. You can add cardamom powder & ghee roasted cashew nuts if you like.
  • Wash the ada and soak in hot water for 30 minutes. Quantity doubles after soaking. Wash the ada in cold water and strain it completely. Set aside.
  • pink palada payasam recipe
  • In a pressure cooker base add 1/2 liter milk, 1/4 cup sugar and mix well. Boil in medium flame.
  • pink palada payasam recipe
  • Take 2 tbsp sugar and 3 tsp water in a kadai. Mix well in low to medium flame till sugar dissolves. Keep mixing till sugar turns golden brown in color. Do not burn it. Keep the flame low to medium and do it patiently.
  • pink palada payasam recipe
  • Add the caramelized sugar to the boiling milk in low flame. Mix well and add soaked,drained ada.  Check for taste. Add more sugar if needed. Add a small plate or a teaspoon to the cooker. This helps to avoid spilling of milk from the cooker nozzle.
  • pink palada payasam recipe
  • Pressure cook in low flame for 4 whistles. It takes nearly 20 minutes. Switch off the flame. Open the cooker after the steam is released. You will see a nice, rose / pale pink colored payasam. Remove the spoon. Mix well and check the consistency. If its too thin, boil for some more time to become thick. If the payasam is thick, add some boiled milk.  Adding roasted cashew nuts is optional. I don’t add usually. Cardamom powder is not needed.
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  • Mix well & serve hot. Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sugar based on your taste.
  • Adding roasted cashew nuts is optional.
Enjoy this yummy, pink colored palada payasam at home for this Onam festival !
rose palada payasam in pressure cooker

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  1. Yummy recipie, Thanks for sharing.👍😊i will try this recipie at my house today.

  2. Looks so yummy!!! Definitely want to try this recipe. Can you pls let me know how much payasam will half litre milk yield?

    1. Hi, its around 2 cups I feel. Do share your feedback once you try :)

  3. Great recipe,,, Will have to try it. Also, take time out my quick and antioxidant rich passion fruit punch juice:

    It is healthy and made in my garden!!


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