Festival Recipes, Kheers / Payasam

Kadalai Paruppu Payasam | Channa Dal Kheer | Festival recipes

Payasam or Kheer is an integral part of Indian Cuisine, especially traditional sit down lunch and dinners at festivalsand celebrations at home. We make today’s dish – Kadalai Paruppu Payasam (or Channa Dal Kheer) with both sugar and jaggery. This time around though I made it with Jaggery.  With the Tamil New year around the corner, this is a perfect way to bring in the festive season.

Adapted from my paired blogger – Schmetterling Word’s blog here for Blog Hop Wednesdays for this month, I made minor tweaks and came out with this recipe. My paired blogger has a wonderful space and well written and elegant posts thats easy on the eye as well as some great clicks too 🙂 

Few more festival recipes here

Sending this to Bloghop Wednesdays & Gayatri WTML – Festival Special, hosted by Rasya and also my own event – Kitchen Chronicles, hosted by Saras



Prep time – 15 mins

Cook time – 15 mins

Serves – 2

Difficulty level – Medium

Serving Suggestions – Serve with Paruppu Vadai or Maddur Vade



  • Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu – 3/4 cup
  • Powdered Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Edible camphor – a pinch
  • Ghee – 4 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Boiled and cooled milk – 1/2 cup (preferanly not low fat version)
  • Cashewnuts – a few



1) Roast the channa dal in 1 tsp of ghee till golden brown and cook it for 3 whistles till its cooked but not mushy

2) Dissolve the jaggery in hot water and filter any impurities

3) Heat the filtered jaggery for 5 mins and add the cooked dal till it becomes thick

4) Add a pinch of salt and edible camphor and mix it well

5) Now cool the mixture throughly and add the boiled and cooled milk (do not boil the milk along with the jaggery, else the kheer will curdle)

6) Roast the cashewnuts in ghee and add to the payasam

7) Serve warm with Paruppu Vadai for festive treat. 



  1. wow new recipe to me and it looks yummy & lovely clicks ………

  2. Santosh Bangar

    new to me sounds delicious and easy to make

  3. Spice up the Curry

    this is interesting and new. nice recipe

  4. FewMinute Wonders

    I love kadala puruppu payasam. Looks perfect.

  5. Nice recipe..Love to have some.

  6. One of the traditional kher made at home! Love it!

  7. Yummy and creamy payasm.

  8. My absolute fav payasam. Love the color of your payasam. Looks nice. Jayanthi (www.sizzlingveggies.com)

  9. Prabha Mani

    Never tried Payasam with Kadalai Parrupu..Looks great!!

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  10. The Pumpkin Farm

    looks lovely , edible camphor intrigues me…i have eaten it only in the tirupati temple's prasad.

    And yes, i like your idea of catching up over falooda next time 🙂

  11. loved the background and the payasa looks amazing with the lentils all soaked up

  12. Spicy-Aroma

    looks yummy!!

  13. Priya Sreeram

    that looks yummy !

  14. Priya Suresh

    Feel like finishing that bowl..

  15. I love this especially wait for the Aradhini at Raghvendra Swamis matha to eat this. Love it.

  16. Its Totally Yumm Kalyani. Love that saree backdrop.

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  17. Saraswathi Ganeshan

    Channa dhal and jaggery always makes Perfect match and I love this combo very much. Payasam looks delicious and inviting dear. Thanks for linking to the event.

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