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Paal Payasam /Milk Kheer in a bowl
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Paal Payasam /Milk Kheer made with Caramelized Sugar

Paal Payasam is one of the very traditional deserts that is served in south Indian weddings and for special occasions. This is a variation of the regular version and uses caramelized sugar which brings out a very different flavor.
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, sweets
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 5 Cups
Calories: 478kcal


  • bowl
  • Pressure Cooker
  • spatula


  • 6 cups Milk I used 2 %
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ cup Rice washed and drained
  • to garnish Raisins and nuts optional


  • Heat a heavy bottom pot or preferably a cooker for about 2 minutes. Once the cooker is hot, add about 3 tablespoon of sugar into it. Let the sugar melt and caramelize. Do not add any water. Just add the sugar and then the heat would do the trick and melt the sugar down. You will notice that as the sugar melts it becomes nice and golden.
  • Once all the sugar melts, add about ½ cup of water to it. When adding water, stand back and pour it in slowly as it might splatter. Now let the syrup come to a boil.
  • To the boiling syrup add the milk and the washed rice. Close the cooker and let it cook in medium heat for one whistle. Then reduce the flame to simmer and let it cook further for 30 more minutes.
  • If you are making it in a pot, once the sugar caramelizes and you add the milk and the rice, transfer this to a vessel that would go into the cooker and proceed as described above.
  • After the steam releases open the cooker and add the rest of the sugar. Mix it well and let it come to a boil. Fry the nuts and raisins in ghee, if using and add it to the payasam. Simmer for about 15 mins and serve either hot or cold.


  • The flavor of the payasam was very different and distinct since we caramelized the sugar.
  • I do not add any other flavoring or garnish to paal payasam, since I like it as is. But if preferred, you could also add a pinch of cardamom powder and garnish it with nuts of your choice.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 75g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 1mg