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Paruppu Payasam | Dal Kheer | Dal Payasam

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Course: Payasam
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Moong dal – 1/3 cup
  • Channa dal – 2 tbsp
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Water- 1 cup +1/4 cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – pinch
  • Salt -pinch
  • Butter/ Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Cashew & Raisin – few


  • Wash and Soak both the dals in luke warm water for 20 minutes
  • Add a pinch of turmeric powder and Pressure cook the dal  2-3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix the dal once
  • Heat a tbsp of ghee and saute cashew nuts till they are golden brown. Add raisins and  give a quick sauté off. Transfer it to a small bowl
  • In  same pan add jaggery and water, let it boil till the jaggery completely melts. No need to get string consistency 
  • In a small mixie jar add coconut, little water and grind like a chutney 
  •  Cook till the jaggery completely melts and boils. No need to get string consistency
  • Add cooked dal and mix well
  •  If required add a pinch of turmeric powder  (optional) and mix well
  • Add Dal water and cook for 5-6 minutes till the payasam comes together and boils well with bubbles 
  • After the payasam boils well add  ground mixture and mix well
  • Cook till everything  comes together and starts boiling
  • Add cardamom powder, salt and sugar, mix well and cook for 2 minutes
  • Let the payasam cool down doe a while, add hot milk
  • Cook in low flame for one minute and switch off
  • Add sauteed cashews and raisins; mix well


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  1. Turmeric powder is optional, I added to give yellow color to the Payasam
  2. Payasam can be consumed hot /cold
  3. 1/3 cup of lite coconut milk can be used alternatively 
  4. Adjust milk according to the desired consistency
  5. Dal can be sauteed for 2-3 minutes and cooked but in that case, dal won't cook mushy
  6. Edible camphor and saffron can be added for extra flavor
  7. If you think jaggery has impurities, Soak jaggery in  1 cup of lukewarm water for 20 minutes (Time depends on the size of the cut jaggery). Strain to remove impurities
  8. Coconut milk can be sued instead of cows milk for vegan verison
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