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Kerala matta rice paal payasam recipe

Kerala matta rice paal payasam a rich payasam made with Kerala matta rice and milk as main ingredients.
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 1/8 cup kerala matta rice
  • 4 cups milk (full fat milk)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder optional
  • a tiny pinch salt


  • Measure and take kerala matta rice.
  • Pulse it few times to get coarse mixture.
  • Rinse it well using a fine holed strainer.Set aside.
  • Boil milk and simmer for 5 mins.
  • Now add matta rice mixture.
  • Mix it well.
  • Cook until rice turns soft it may take some time.
  • Cook in low flame and keep stirring.
  • Mash it to check, when pressed should be easily mashable then its done.
  • Add sugar only after rice is cooked soft.Mix well.
  • Scrap milk solids at the sides into the payasam.This makes the payasam more creamy.
  • Finally add a pinch of salt to lift the sweetness and cardamom powder.
  • Looks thick and creamy, this is the consistency we want.
  • Switch off at this stage as it may turn thick after some time so switch off accordingly.



  • You can even cook rice in water then add to reduced milk incase if you don't have enough milk.
  • Always add sugar only after rice is cooked.
  • Adding a pinch of salt lifts up the sweetness.
  • You can even add ghee fried cashews but usually paal payasam is enjoyed as such but its your preference.
  • If it thickens after sometime, you can add little hot water to thin the consistency.
  • You can enjoy the payasam hot or cold as per your preference.
  • Switch off a bit runny as it might get thick later.
  • You can replace matta rice with unakalari rice(pink rice) too.
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