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Paruppu Payasam - Flavorful South Indian Dessert

Paruppu Payasam

Paruppu Payasam, a beloved South Indian dessert, holds a special place in the hearts of those in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This creamy delight, made with moong dal, jaggery, and coconut milk, is a staple at festive occasions, especially during marriages and celebrations. Served with love and tradition, it symbolizes auspicious beginnings and joyous gatherings.

In Tamil Nadu, it graces the tables of wedding feasts, while in Kerala, it is a cherished part of Onam Sadhya, the grand feast during the Onam festival. With each spoonful of this fragrant dish, one tastes the essence of heritage and the sweetness of shared moments. Ingredients:

- 1 cup Jaggery

- 1 cup Coconut Milk

- 100 ml Water

- Crushed Cardamom

- Raisins and Cashews

- 2 tablespoons Ghee

- 1/2 cup Boiled Moong Dal


1. Preparation Time: 15 minutes

2. Servings: 4


1. Melt Jaggery: In a pan, melt the jaggery with 100 ml of water. Stir continuously until the jaggery dissolves completely.   

2. Add Cardamom: Once the jaggery is melted, add the crushed cardamom for a delightful aroma. Mix well.

3. Combine Boiled Dal: Now, add the boiled moong dal to the jaggery mixture. Stir thoroughly to ensure the dal is evenly coated.

4. Add Coconut Milk: Pour in the coconut milk gradually, stirring continuously to blend everything together.

5. Roast Cashews and Raisins: In a separate small pan, heat the ghee. Roast the cashews and raisins until they turn golden brown.

6. Mix Everything: Add the roasted cashews and raisins to the payasam mixture. Stir well, ensuring they are evenly distributed.

7. Serve: Your delicious Paruppu Payasam is ready! Se rve it warm as a comforting dessert.


  • Nutty Twist: For extra nuttiness, add almonds or pistachios along with the cashews and raisins.

  • Coconut Flakes: If you love coconut, sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top before serving.

  • Saffron Infusion: For a touch of luxury, infuse a pinch of saffron strands in warm milk and add it to the payasam.

  • Cardamom Powder: Instead of crushed cardamom, you can also use cardamom powder for convenience. Adjust the quantity as per your preference.

Enjoy this traditional South Indian sweet with loved ones!



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