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Monday, August 27, 2012

Chakka Pradhaman Recipe - Kerala Style Jackfruit Payasam Recipe

Chakka Pradhaman
Chakka Pradhaman is a traditional payasam or pudding of Kerala made with jackfruit. Usually this chakka pradhaman is prepared using chakka varatti (jack fruit jam) but I've done this with fresh jackfruit as I didnt get chakka varatti here. Pradhaman basically is payasam prepared with coconut milk, except pradhamans like Palada Pradhaman which is made with dairy milk.
Chakka Pradhaman
My sis kept pushing me to try this during the jackfruit season for making the post ready for Onam and here is the recipe from my kitchen :)

Aishwaryavum, Samriddiyum Niranja nalla nalukal ennum undavatte oppam manassil snehathinte oru onam. Happy Onam to All! :)
Jackfruit Payasam

Chakka Pradhaman Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala

Ripe Jack fruit pieces - 12
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Thick Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 3 tsp
Cashewnuts - 3 tsp broken
Coconut bits - 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder - a pinch


  1. Pressure cook jackfruit with immersing level water(keep it less say 2 tbsp) upto 2 whistles in medium flame or until soft. Cool down, drain water then grind to a fine paste, set aside. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan and add coconut bits and cashews , fry till golden brown, set aside.
    How to make chakka pradhaman - Step1
  2. Mix jaggery with 1/4 cup water and break the lumps formed, strain(to remove impurities)and heat it up for 5mins until it bubbles(syrup consistency need not be checked). Add the jackfruit paste and mix until is evenly coated with jaggery.
    How to make chakka pradhaman - Step2
  3. Let it become little thick, add remaining ghee then add coconut milk and give a quick stir. Dont let it boil for long after coconut milk is added as it will start to separate. So when it is about to boil switch if off and then add fried cashews, coconut bits, cardamom powder and give a stir. I reserved few cashews and coconut bits for garnishing while serving.
    How to make chakka pradhaman - Step3
Serve it warm or cold with nuts and coconut bits. I love it cold!
Chakka Pradhaman Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can substitute coconut milk with dairy milk or use half and half too but coconut milk gives a unique flavour to this pradhaman.
  • Coconut bits gives a nice crunchness to the pradhaman.
  • Take care not to boil after coconut milk is added as the pradhaman will start to separate.
  • Add more ghee(say 1 tbsp) if you prefer a rich pradhaman.
Chakka Pradhaman Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Never tried any payasam with jack fruit and coconut milk.
    Very new to me :) thanks for sharing and Happy Onam to you and your family!

  2. I love this flavorful payasam. nice shot.

  3. Very delicious payasam...looks yumm

  4. Creamy and delicious payasam...I made it with chakka varatti and had some left..so was planing to make it for onam...but hus told that we will make white colored payasam...Love the clicks..

  5. This is my most favorite payasam! love the fried coconuts in it!

  6. Never tasted it... But love to have...

  7. Yummy and tempting payasam recipe...looks delicious.

  8. oh my god!!!!!!!

    I just want it now. why did you have to make such a lovely dish! :)

  9. wow , creamy delicious payasam.. Yummy :)

  10. looks awesome sharmilee! love the pics and the colours

  11. Hai ur recipe looks wow.i m also in coimbatore.jus tell me where did u get d jackfruit.

  12. @Aparna : I got in Pazhamudir Nilayam, RS Puram.

  13. Inviting and super delicious pradhaman, wish to have a bowl of rite now.

  14. Nice clicks and beautiful color...

  15. wow.. lovely payasam never tried and tasted... today only my mama bought one jackfruit.. ll try tomo...

  16. Sharmi, I never tried Jackfruit payasam.. this is so inviting should try soon

  17. Creamy and delicious payasam,love it.

  18. Feel like grabbing the whole bowl :-) lovely presentation and clicks as usual :-)

  19. very authentic pisture sharmi.. tempting much...

  20. very authentic and delicious, nice clicks and helpful stepwise - as usual


  21. Nicely clicked !! Never tasted would love too try it ,if I have the luck of getting jack fruit here.

  22. this just made me think of home :)

  23. Chakka pradhaman looks just awesome! U r right , we usually make it with Chakka varatti! If u were close by I cud have passed u some:-) I have 2 big bottles in the fridge:-)

  24. can we substitute coconut mix powder for coconut milk?

    1. Yes you can but be carefully while giving it a boil...

  25. vow well explained...I use 1st, 2nd and third coconut milk.But iam going to try out your method with first coconut milk.Time saving also

  26. The last note talks abt rajma Sharmi...


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