Sunday, April 15, 2007


Palada Pradhaman

Palada pradhaman is a sweet dish made of flakes of cooked rice, milk, and sugar. A Sadhya means “big feast” in Malayalam is not completed without a dessert. Since “Vishu” (Malayalam New Year day) is nearing I decided to make palada pradhaman. Anyone who visits Guruvayoor temple wouldn’t miss this dessert. Ready made rice ada is available in all Kerala grocery stores, and it is pretty easy to make this recipe.

Ingredients (Recipe for two)

  • Rice ada ½ cup
  • Milk 2 ½ cups
  • Sugar ½ cup
  • Ghee 2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder ¼ tsp
  • Cashews 1tbsp


  • Soak rice ada in boiling hot water for 10 minutes and rinse them in cold water.
(Rice ada- available at Kerala Grocery stores)
  • In a pressure cooker, add milk, rice ada, sugar, and cardamom powder and cook in medium heat until the cooker releases the first whistle. Turn off the heat and let it remain in the same stove top for 10 -15 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, milk and ada turns to a light pink color.
  • Transfer the mixture to another vessel and cook the mixture in medium heat for another 20 minutes until the consistency becomes thick.
  • Once the mixture becomes thick turn off the heat. In another pan, add 2 tsp of ghee and fry the cashews and add to the mixture.

Serve hot or cold.


  • You can make Palada prathaman in a traditional way by skipping the cooker method. Instead of making it in a cooker, you can heat milk, sugar, rice ada, cardamom and cook until the consistency becomes thick. This will take minimum 1 hr to 1 ½ hrs, and follow rest of the seasoning process as above.
  • Preparing pradhaman by cooker method saves time and the results are the same. The cooker method helps to cook the rice ada fast.
Ellavarkum ente Vishu Ashamsakal - Wishing everyone a very happy New Year:)
Vishu sadya
Simple sadya (pappadam, manga achaar, puli inji, avial, pachadi, cabbage thoran, vazhakka thoran, rice, kerala sambhar, palada pradhaman)

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Blogger Shah cooks said...

yum. can i come over for that gorgeous meal?happy vishu to u too.

2:48 PM   Edit
Blogger Surya Hith said...

Vishu Ashamsakal Priya!!Palada looks great.By the pressure-cooker method,it is a pretty easy recipe.

3:08 PM   Edit
Blogger KF said...

Palada Looks great! I will try this,looks easy too..Thanks for sharing.

10:15 PM   Edit
Blogger Bharathy said...

Happy Vishu to you too.feeling guilty..I Didnt prepare much to offer god for vishu.Good choice of recipe for Vishu too.

5:36 AM   Edit
Blogger Mandira said...

Happy vishu to you Priya, the spread looks delicious.

7:10 AM   Edit
Blogger Bijoy said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Happy Vishu

8:16 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Priya, Vishuaashamsakal to you too. Palada!! I don't get any of those stuff in here:(. I should bring these next time fro kerala.

Your kani looks so beautitful and also the sadya.

8:41 AM   Edit
Blogger Bharathy said...

Hi priya,
Thanx a lot for lnking me in your blog...Might be my first link...:)..I am adding you too..

9:50 AM   Edit
Blogger Maneka Nirmal said...

happy vishu vishu adichupolichu alle?? i liked ur 'kani' photo...

11:22 AM   Edit
Blogger Prema Sundar said...

Happy new year to u too Priya.. nice spread in banana leaf.
Palada pradhaman looks good. Have tried this once and i liked it.

2:32 PM   Edit
Blogger Sharmi said...

Pictures Endhu Bhangi aannu!! Palada pradaman ende favourite aannu!! I keep making them here very often. I thought of posting it for kerala RCI. Nice Sadya. always loved kerala Sadya.

4:16 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thnks for sharing this recipe. This pressure cooker method seems so easy. Would the milk have required consistency if u pressure cook? Also, do u use condensed milk while preparing payasam?


8:39 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Surya- the consistency would be the same, you have to cook again in a seperate pan for another 15 minutes-by pressure cooker method it helps the ada to cook fast and saves time-I did not use condensed milk

10:17 AM   Edit
Blogger DEEPA said...

Hello priya ..
Belated happy vishu to you .I presume that you r frm palakat.Mee too same pinch.Great vishu kani .I have also loaded my pics at
do drop in sometime


6:07 PM   Edit
Blogger DEEPA said...

Hello priya ..
Belated happy vishu to you .I presume that you r frm palakat.Mee too same pinch.Great vishu kani .I have also loaded my pics at
do drop in sometime


6:08 PM   Edit
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi priya,
Nice spread, palada pradhaman looks pink and nice. Thanks for sharing.

11:51 PM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Priya, i love palada pradhaman. Do we get this in Indian stores of US too? I am from MA. I hope I can get these here.....Thanks for your recipe.....Adding u to my the way I am from kerala too, precisely ernakulam.

8:08 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous presenation, Priya!! That is awesome.

8:19 AM   Edit
Blogger Swapna said...

This is awesome..The pressure cook method seems helpful. I once made rice kheer and it took me close to 1 hr to cook the rice:(..If I get rice ada here, I am sure going to try this recipe..
Happy vishu to you and family!

7:31 PM   Edit
Blogger mitha said...

dear priya
i am a regular visitor to ur blog..
the pictures aere really great.
especially the vishukani its so nice.
pradhman recipe is too simple. in fact i ve never tried palada.
i would love to try it soon..
keep doing this great work.
anyways my belated vishu wishes to u and ur family

10:13 PM   Edit
Blogger Inji Pennu said...

Do you like this brand palada? It never comes out properly for me. It sticks together. :( Dont know whether it is cos the packet is old or something like that.

9:20 PM   Edit
Blogger Inji Pennu said...

kani kaanum neram

feel like singing that song while browsing thru your vishukkani. :)

9:22 PM   Edit
Blogger Sreelu said...


first time at your blog,love your yummy dishes for vishu. I am fairly a new blogger and I am amazed by all these food blogs.

Are you from bay area ?

9:22 PM   Edit

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