Festival Recipes, Kheers / Payasam, Rice

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
  • Ghee – ½ TBSP


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. MySpicyKitchen

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

  2. cookingwithsapana

    Pla payasam looks so tempting.

  3. Simple yet creamy payasam

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    Looks super inviting with those beautiful saffron on top..

  5. Love your presentation with Saffrons

  6. So creamy and delicious pal payasam.

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

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