Palada Pradhaman

Palada pradhaman
  • Yield : 1
  • Servings : 3
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 55m
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Palada Pradhaman – traditional style

Palada pradhaman is a traditional dessert, which is usually served after the ‘sadhya’ (a traditional banquet). It comes under the category of payasam. Nowadays, there are many quick and easy methods to prepare this dessert. Here you can try a traditional kerala palada pradhaman.


  • Fine rice flour (നന്നായി പൊടിച്ച അരിപ്പൊടി)- 1 Cup
  • Hot water (ചൂടുവെള്ളം) - as required
  • Milk (പാല്‍) - 1 Litre
  • Sugar (പഞ്ചസാര) - ¾ Cup


Step 1

To make the ‘ada’, pour hot water (as required) to the rice flour and mix it evenly. Knead it well with your hand till it is soft and smooth.

Step 2

Spread the dough on a plantain leaf or an aluminium foil as thin as possible.

Step 3

Steam it for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Pour milk into a vessel and boil it. Reduce the flame and add sugar to it. Stir it continuously till the milk thickens and becomes almost half of the quantity.

Step 5

Separate the ada from the plantain leaf / aluminium foil. Cut it into small pieces (½ inch pieces).

Step 6

Add the ada to the boiling milk, stir it for a few minutes and remove from the flame.

Step 7

Usually a traditional palada pradhaman will not be garnished. If you want, garnish it with cashew nut and raisins which is fried in ghee (optional).

Step 8

Serve it hot or cold as desired.


Instead of cooking ada directly in boiling water (which is a bit difficult for beginners), here I used the method of steaming.

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Nutritional Profile

Main nutritional contents are,

  • Calcium

  • Carbohydrates

  • Proteins

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  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium


1 Table spoon = 3 Tea spoons
1 Dessert spoon = 2 Tea spoons
1 Tea spoon = 5 ml
1 Cup = 236.588 ml


Myself, Shaan Geo basically a Software Engineer started my career in IT Industry. I have had a passion for food and cooking from an early age. This habit made me keep an eye out for the new variants of food and the different cuisines where ever I go. According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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  1. posted by Milan Toniatti on October 24, 2012

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 24, 2012

      Hi Milan, Thank you very much for the nice words.

  2. posted by Ani on October 29, 2012

    Thanks for your traditional palada recipe. I don’t like instant ada from stores, but I want to make paalada for my husband’s birthday… difficulty of boiling ada in water worried me a bit. And u suggested the steaming method.. thanks a lot.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 30, 2012

      Hi Ani, Thank you very much for the feedback. Convey my birthday wishes to your hubby :)

  3. posted by DEEPAK on March 7, 2013

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I prepared for my wife birthday.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 7, 2013

      You are welcome Deepak. It is pleasure to know that you prepared it for your wife. Convey my B’day wishes to her :)

  4. posted by Shanmaria on April 8, 2013

    Thanks for this recepie Shaan. I tried this Palada Pradhaman when last week after Easter of suddenly my in-laws came from native. I didn’t know what to cook in the evening and I search in net for this recipe. I got it. I did. It came out so well I was appreciated from my in-laws. Thanks and Thanks a lot.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 8, 2013

      You are welcome Shanmaria. Thanks a lot for taking time to share your feedback. I am really happy to know that it came out well for you and you got appreciated. Hope you will try other recipes too and see you here often.

  5. posted by Amida on July 20, 2013

    Hi Shaan, I tried palada pradhaman and it was really mouth watering, delicious !!!! Thanks for such a simple and yummy payasam recipe. Please put more evening snacks recipes…

    • posted by Shaan Geo on July 22, 2013

      Hi Amida, Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and also for the wonderful feedback. Sure, I will try to include more snacks recipes. Once again thanks for the regular visit.

  6. posted by Avab on September 17, 2013

    Hai Shaan, your recipes very helpful can u help me how to make cherupayar payasam.
    With regards, Brother Avab.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 19, 2013

      Hi Avab, It is pleasure to know that this place is very helpful to you. My next recipe is cherupayar payasam. Its already done, will be posting soon.


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