Simple Kadum Payasam


Simple Kadum Payasam is a cherished payasam dish that is relished as a favorite. The dish is also offered to gods as temple offerings during ceremonial functions and occasions. The gods as well as the devotees love the different variations of the payasam. This is a sweet dessert prepared from rice, jaggery and ghee as the main ingredients. When slow cooked on fire these ingredients take on a heavenly realm. A pinch of cardamom and fried coconut pieces grant an extra zing and flavor to the payasam. This is the reason why these payasams are offered as deity offering. There are a lot many variations like the famous Nei Payasam, Aravanna Payasam, Sharkara Payasam….the list goes on. Simple Kadum Payasam is one of the easiest and most tastiest of payasam dishes with minimum ingredients. There are devotees who make a trip to these shrines , only for relishing the payasam. No wonder the dish is a favorite of Gods.

When preparing the dish at home you can restrict the ghee and jaggery for health related needs. Of course, Simple Kadum Payasam is a favorite with kids as well as elders. You can be content that your family is relishing on something awesome, healthy and tasty. Jaggery is not only a sweetener but also contains vitamins and minerals believed to have medicinal properties. If you are visiting Kerala and you want to taste the payasam, do not refer the restaurant menu. Instead the home stay guide will help you procure some. The talk of temples and gods does not mean that the payasam is served only for religious occasions. It is also a symbol for good times, festivals like vishu and onam or a simple indulgence in a tasty treat. You can explore a well detailed recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the sweet dessert.

Simple Kadum Payasam

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 250 g Brown rice Unakkalari
  • 50 g Ghee
  • 1/2 kg Jaggery sharkara as per sweetness preferred
  • 1/4 of one Dry coconut chopped
  • 5 nos Ripe Banana chopped
  • 3 nos Cardamom crushed, Elakka


  • For preparing simple kadum payasam, first boil 3 cups of water and add rice in it.
  • When water starts to evaporate, add jaggery and ghee. Mix it well.
  • Add chopped banana and mix well.
  • When it thickens, remove from flame.
  • Add coconut chopped and crushed cardamom.
  • Simple kadum payasam is ready.


You can visit this link Nei Payasam. You can also visit this link Aravana Payasam.
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