Ice Apple Pudding

Nungu payasam is a creamy dreamy delightful dessert served in wedding feasts and in star hotel restaurants. It is a perfect finish to a meal for its impeccable taste and enticing flavors of nungu (palm fruit or ice apple), saffron & cardamom.

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Nungu is a jelly like sweet fruit covered with astringent white skin and has little sweet juice inside.Β Generally elders in the family eat palm fruit with its skin and it will be given to children after peeling its skin.

Palm fruit is a summer fruit that helps to prevent or treat prickly heat and controls acidity if taken with its skin. Whenever there is an episode of chicken pox in our family or neighborhood, my paternal grand mother insisted us to drink tender coconut water tossed with palm fruit cubesΒ to prevent or treat chicken pox.

Please check Nungu Payasam aka Ice Apple Pudding recipe as below:

Time taken: 15 min

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  1. Cow’s milk (pasum paal) – 400 ml (boiled)
  2. Ice apple (palm fruits or nungu) – 2 Nos.
  3. Pistachios (pistha paruppu) – 1/8 cup (25-30 Nos)
  4. Cashew nuts (mundhiri paruppu) – 1/8 cupΒ (25-30 Nos)
  5. Granulated sugar – 1/4 cup
  6. Cardamom (Yelam) – 1 No.
  7. Saffron (kunguma poo) – few strands

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Mise en place:

  • Soak saffron strands in a tbsp of hot milk.
  • Soak cashew & pistachios separately in hot water for 1 hour (or microwave for 2 min).
  • Peel pistachios skin when soaked.
  • Grind soaked cashews & pista into a fine paste after adding a tbsp of milk.
  • Chop palm fruits into small cubes.
  • Grind sugar & cardamom into a fine powder.

Cooking Method:

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan with pista paste in low flame.
  • Pour milk slowly into the pan and stir well.
  • When milk starts to get thickened, add soaked saffron & powdered sugar.
  • Turn off the flame when the flavors of saffron & cardamom infused well into milk.
  • Add chopped palm fruits while the pudding is warm.
  • Close the pan with a lid for few minutes to infuse with palm fruit’s intense flavor.
  • Serve pudding chilled or at room temperature.

Please Note:

  1. You can replace sugar with palm sugar; it would taste so divine.
  2. Do not add palm fruits when pudding is hot.
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98 Comments Add yours

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  1. Reema says:

    This is awesome! Something absolutely different! πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thank you!

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  2. Yummy πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  3. PriyaPandian says:

    Love nungu. It’s really a great refreshment in summer. Thanks for sharing the recipe β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  4. danielle says:

    This looks so yummy! I haven’t ever eaten palm fruit before, this will definitely be something new and different for me πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Danielle!

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      1. Megala says:

        Thanks so much!

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      2. Shayra says:

        My pleasure 😊

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    2. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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      1. Shayra says:

        Welcome 😊

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    1. Megala says:

      Sure, will check! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Megala says:

      Hi, thanks a lot!

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  8. I’ve never seen a dessert quite like this before! It sounds so cool, creamy, and delicious.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

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  10. Right time nice recipe

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    1. Megala says:

      πŸ™‚ Yes, thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Lathiya says:

    Looks absolute delish..love Nungu..but couldn’t get here..will try once go back to India

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks!

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  12. skd says:

    Wow! Munjal dessert. I have always wanted to try this dessert. Thanks for sharingπŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

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  13. Sounds interesting,I never heard of it .I think it’s not common in northern India .

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! It is tadgole in Hindi, you may find them there!

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      1. I will try it when I’ll go to India .

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  14. Sounds yummy!!! 😍😊

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. It was a total pleasure reading 😊

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      2. Megala says:

        Thanks so much!

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  15. Sandhya says:

    Megala,
    What a unique dish! thanks for sharing. The ice apple are called taadgoley in Mumbai. What a treat they are! I have never had payasam made from it. Yummy!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot, Sandhya!

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  16. chefkreso says:

    Looks so tasty!

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  17. Sumith says:

    Megala this sounds absolutely delicious.

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is! Thanks!!

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  18. That’s called ice apple?!
    We call it atap in Malaysia πŸ™‚
    There’s another variety much bigger than atap, we call that sea coconut.

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    1. Megala says:

      Oh! I would love to see them, let me check here!

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  19. Christy B says:

    I think I would prefer it chilled πŸ™‚ Great recipe

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    1. Megala says:

      Sounds good! πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by!

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  20. Nvr heard about dis recipe but ice apples are my favorite.

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  21. Awesome recipe Megala…I love this fruit but never knew that we can also make payasam of this..Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe..

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  22. I would love to taste this! No palm fruit where I live though. Looks delicious.

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    1. Megala says:

      No worries, you can just try with some fruit flavored jelly instead of palm fruit! It will also be delicious !

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      1. Thank you that sounds wonderful!

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  23. Delicious, mouth watering recipe ma’am

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Subbashini!

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  24. I have had payasam before and it was too delish! Haven’t heard of this fruit before.. Is it found throughout india…maybe by any other name? Lovely summery sweet treat! πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I think it is available all over India, it is tadgola in Marathi and tari in Hindi. Thanks so much!

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  25. This fruit is new to me and I find it so interesting. I’ll try and see if I can get it here. The dessert looks so tasty! πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is really a beautiful fruit! You may find them wherever palm trees are grown! Btw, thanks for stopping by!

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  26. PS says:

    Looks delicious Megala!!!I would definitely love to try this recipe if I can get Nungu.

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    1. Megala says:

      Great! Thanks a lot!

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  27. Lavs Raj says:

    Omg! Nungu is my favourite.. been years since i had it.. This looks yummylicious Megala!! πŸ˜€

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  28. Wow! An absolute new recipe for me Megala. Never heard of it before. Looks delicious πŸ˜‹

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot Radhika!

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  29. yes nisha. Im also never heard about it. Delicious. thanks for sharing

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  30. Dahlia says:

    Looks delicious! I am glad I had rice payasam to soothe my craving πŸ˜€

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    1. Megala says:

      Hahaha! Thanks!

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  31. InspiresN says:

    wonderful share, never knew we could make payasam out of it! Sounds yum!

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  32. We are familiar with the ice apples, but never knew about a payasam made out of it. Thanks for such a delicious recipe.

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    1. Megala says:

      I think it has been prepared specially in southern Tamilnadu! Thanks!

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  33. Chelvi S says:

    OMG, Nungu its been so long since I had because every time we go to Sri Lanka, it is off season. You are making my mouth watering. Great recipe

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    1. Megala says:

      Ah! Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

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  34. Looking so delicious Megala. I really miss nungu nowadays. Mouthwatering recipe. 😊😊

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, sure it is! Thanks!

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  35. foodzesty says:

    Yummm Megala….looks wonderful!!!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

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  36. Jeni G.J says:

    For special occasions, let me try this one if I can get Nungu 😊😊

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    1. Megala says:

      Ah! Good! Thanks Jeni!

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      1. Jeni G.J says:

        You’re Welcome Chef.

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  37. shalini says:

    Wow superb recipe megala .. Liked ur tamil names of ingredients

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    1. Megala says:

      Glad that you like it so much! Thank you for stopping by !!

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      1. shalini says:

        Always Megala

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