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Ada Pradhaman/Payasam

Ada Pradhaman (updated pic)

Today is a day of celebration. Like all proud daughters around the world I too am celebrating  this day... Fathers Day. I know that all love and respect their fathers and we do not need a special day or occasion to think about our loving and caring parents. But still I love to celebrate life, cherish each wonderful moments, pick up all the small happiness that comes in my way and smile..hurray! here is a hand full...that is what dad taught me or to say that is what I learned from him.

I would love to celebrate this day for two important persons in my life..My Dear Dad and My Dear Husband. My husband like my dad is a wonderful and caring father of our three year old son.The father and son make a great combo and are enjoying life to the fullest...sports, games,dancing and singing it is all joy and laughter around and I cannot help remembering how me and sister enjoyed with our dad when we were young.I know that years later my son would have the same feelings, love and gratitude that I and sister have for our dad.

I would like to celebrate by making Ada pradhaman which is Dad's favorite. He loves it very much but since it involves more labor like grating and squeezing of  coconut to extract milk etc, he does not ask mom to make ada pradhaman. But mom being a loving and caring life partner never loses an opportunity to make this lovely payasam:) and we daughter also used to join in to help:)

Ada Pradhaman is part of the traditional Kerala sadhya which is a banquet of food served on important occassions consisting of rice and an array of curries, pickles and ending with two to three payasams or desserts. Unlike earlier times making this pradhaman is easier now-a-days as we get ada in packets in grocery store. There are two types of ada -maida and rice. I always prefer rice adas. I have used the technique that mom uses to make this pradhaman. She usually roasts the ada in ghee and then cook it till soft to make this dessert. Ada has a tendency to stick to each other and getting mashed up and  by roasting you can retain its shape and they will not stick together.

Ada - 200grms / 7 oz
Jaggery- 350 grams
Coconut milk( first )- 1 cup
Coconut milk ( second)- 2 cups
Coconut milk ( Third)- 4  cups
Cashews- 10
Raisins - 10- 15
Cardamon- 1/2 tsp
Dry Ginger powder-a pinch
Ghee- 2+ 1 tsp
Coconut pieces - 3 tsp

Wash and drain ada and let it sit in a strainer. Extract first, second and third milk  of coconut and keep it aside. Powder jaggery and bring it to boil with one and half cup of water and strain out to remove impurities.
Heat a heavy bottomed cooking vessel and pour in one tsp of ghee. Add ada and in a low flame roast till it changes color to golden and ada is well coated with ghee. Switch off the flame and let it cool down a bit. ( there is also another way of making this and it is to put ada in boiling water cook and  drain and wash with cold water till it is ready)
Now add the third extract of coconut milk and cook the ada till it is soft . Make sure that the ada is properly cooked before adding it to  jaggery. 
Pour  jaggery syrup in a heavy bottom pan and allow it to attain a two thread consistency and slowly stir in the second coconut extract and cooked ada along with cardamon powder and dry ginger powder ( you can also add a pinch of roasted cumin powder). Stir in occasionally till it attains a desired consistency. Finally add the first extract of coconut and lower the flame and allow it to simmer for a minute and switch off the flame. The payasam will thicken as it cools down.
Roast cashews, raisins and coconut pieces in ghee till golden brown and garnish. Serve warm or chilled as you desire.

Try this...

Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. looks yummy :) My mom used to make this, but, I really donno to make this :(

  2. oh entha oru pic.. adipoli pic and ugran recipe..!!.. thanks to you, now I am missing my home and ofcourse this payasam :))

  3. Wow! looks so tempting, first i saw this raw ada, thankyou Suja for this clear recipe with the pictures of this ada.

  4. This is so yummy and beautiful click too...

  5. Very beautiful pic,very tempting & yummy sweet dish though i havent tried it before but i can say its very tasty

  6. Suja, looks soooooooooooooooooooo creamy. BTW, what is ada, never heard of it before, you said it is made of maida and rice both. Please post a pic, if you can.

  7. Such a tempting and yummy payasam, looks super thick and catchy..

  8. suja its looks so yummy this ada home made or bought from store....this dish is very new to me...but looks very tempting

  9. Such a tempting payasam and I loved the clicks!

  10. i love love this..can smell it here

  11. perfect for that event. lovely beautiful Suja

  12. Ohhw kothy varunu Suja, njgalude drafiltum und ada pradhman..Super ..

    KAirali sisters

  13. wat a delicious recipe dear...beautifully clicked
    just tempted to taste a spoon.

    Perfect entry for the event.
    Thanx for the love & support dear.

  14. Yummy payasam.. sherikkum kothi aakunnu...

  15. wow..perfect dessert recipe..I have never tasted ada before, will try to make this soon

  16. perfectyil made..ummmm ennikkum bayankkaram eshttam dealisious dear...

  17. This looks great. Never heard of this before...good sharing...

  18. Perfect sweet dish recipe for the happy moment...never tried this...sounds yummmi

  19. looks so nice dear. ente fav anu ithu. kur nal ayi undakkiyittu onnu try cheyynam

  20. Adipoli!!!! looks so perfect and mouthwatering...

  21. there any other name for Ada? It looks great.

  22. luks beautiful!!!!!!!!!its really new dish... what z ada????

  23. oh my, that looks so tempting..thanks for sharing this recipe Suja!

  24. Looks so yummy payasam..nice clicks.

  25. Hi Suja,

    Payasam looks creamy and loved the jaggery colour.. nice recipe!

    loved the berry cake too!


  26. Wow!! Such a lovely payasam

  27. This is one of our family favorites, looks delicious ! Fabulous picture too....

  28. Thanks Priya, Sathya, Madhu and Guna. Most of you may not be familiar with this ada. I have posted the pic of raw ada. You can buy this from grocery stores just like get semiya to make kheer.There are two types ada made with rice and maida. It will be written on the package. The brands I usually use is Periyar and Double horse.
    Madhu as you asked it is similar to palada pradhaman that I made earlier. The difference is Palada is milk and sugar while this is made with jaggery and coconut milk:)

  29. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments :)

  30. Beautiful clicks!! Thats a really perfect and tempting payasam..

  31. It is yummy...I have tasted it in one of my friends house.

  32. I am drooling seeing the pic...Simply delicious !

  33. Creamy and rich.

  34. mmmmm :) Superb!!! creamy creamy and tasty !!! :) :)

  35. Thanks anon and Pratiba for stopping by and for the sweet comment :)

  36. Thanks Shanthiji for the sweet comment:)

  37. Waw! perfect ada pradmam recipe I got. You made it easy for me. Thanks suja for th wonderful recipe.

  38. Thanks ..happy that you like it ..thanks or stopping by.


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