September 4, 2015

Arisi Kesari Pal Payasam for Aadi Velli | Saffron based milk pudding

Arisi Kesari Pal Payasam is another Payasam (Kheer / Indian Milk pudding) made for Aadi Velli festival. Simple to make, its unlike the traditional Kerala / Tamilnadu pal payasam and doesn’t use Condensed milk, but rather saffron to get that rich colour. The fresh aroma from saffron , milk and cooked rice is like a match made in heaven. Lets now see how to make it.

Prep time : 15 min, cook time : 20 min. Serves : 4

  • Raw rice (short grained) – ½ cup
  • Cow Milk – ½ Litre (500 ml) - boiled previously
  • Sugar – 1/3 cup – powdered with 2 cardamoms
  • Saffron strands – a generous pinch
  • Ghee – ½ TBSP (optional.)

How to make:
  1. Cook rice till done with 3 times water for 4 – 5 whistles (if using an open pan, soak rice for 20 mins and cook in adequate water till done).
  2. Add milk and cook this rice further for 5-6 mins till mushy. Now add powdered sugar with cardamom, and saffron strands. Cook till sugar blends.
  3. Finish with a tsp of ghee and serve hot


  1. Pal payasam is moutwatering and saffron lent a nice color to the payasam.

  2. Simple yet creamy payasam

  3. Looks super inviting with those beautiful saffron on top..

  4. Love your presentation with Saffrons

  5. So creamy and delicious pal payasam.

  6. Wow such a delicious payasam. Looks yum the saffron has lent such a lovely colour


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