Adai Pradhaman

Although Navrathri in south India is synonymous with savoury sundal, traditionally sweet payasam is also offered for neivedhyam during Navarathri. I prepared adai pradhaman, a creamy delicious dessert popular in Kerala & southern Tamilnadu. In Kerala onam sadhya menu is incomplete without adai pradhaman. I still remember the delicious adai pradhaman prepared by my aunt in Nagercoil and I thank her for introducing us such a sweet delicacy.


Adai Pradhaman is prepared using rice flour flakes called adai which is similar to Italian pasta.  The most interesting aspect of Indian pasta is that it dissolves slowly into the water while cooking (without losing its shape or size) and makes its own sauce. Hence it does not require any thickening agent.


Earlier payasam used to be served in wedding feasts along with appalam (or papadam), sweet boondhi & ripe banana on a banana leaf.  Nowadays it is being served in paper cups, so children today do not have an opportunity to revel payasam in the same way as we did.

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Now let us revive such tradition at home in this festive season and the recipe for ada pradhaman is as below:

Yields : 500 ml


  • Adai – Â½ cup
  • Powdered jaggery –  Â¾ cup
  • Coconut – Â½
  • Cardamom – 2 Nos.
  • Coconut pieces (chopped) – as required
  • Ghee – 1 tsp

Mise en place:

  1. Wash & soak adai in warm water and set aside.
  2. Extract coconut milk as below (I used juice extractor jar and it took less than 10 min) :
  • Extract first coconut milk using 100 ml water
  • For second milk use 200 ml water
  • For third milk use 300 ml water

3. Prepare jaggery syrup in 100 ml water until jaggery is dissolved and set aside.

4. Fry coconut pieces in ghee and keep aside.

5. Powder cardamom seeds using mortar & pestle.

Cooking Method:

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan with soaked adai after pouring the third pressed coconut milk into it.
  • Bring it to a boil in medium flame.
  • Simmer until adai is cooked soft while leaving the pan’s lid ajar.
  • Now pour the second pressed milk and allow it to boil in medium flame.
  • When it starts boiling reduce the heat to low.
  • Pour jaggery syrup through a fine sieve and mix well.
  • Pour first pressed milk, cook for 30 sec. and remove the pan from heat.
  • Add cardamom powder & fried coconut pieces into payasam and mix together.
  • Serve adai pradhaman warm or chilled.

Please Note:

  • We need to be careful to avoid coconut milk getting curdled :
    • We should not pour hot syrup into coconut milk.
    • We should not leave payasam on stove top when done.
  • It is preferred to use home-made coconut milk than store-bought coconut milk for its authentic flavor.
  • There are hard-to-cook small glassy rice flakes also available in the market, but we need to buy larger white flakes as shown above.

62 Comments Add yours

  1. Lavs Raj says:

    This looks absolutely delicious Megala! Love the presentation 👌👌

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  2. Such a creamy and delicious recipe. You are introducing many new recipes. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you ! 🙂

  3. How intriguing! I wish I could find those rice flour flakes. They sound like a really fun ingredient to play with, and of course, this recipe looks delicious.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, sure they are ! Thanks so much !!

  4. Happy Navratre to you and your dear ones !

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you and wish you the same !

  5. Seems very delicious and tempting but can you tell me what is adai. 😶 I mean what is it made up of? I’ve never heard adai before. 😃

    1. Megala says:

      Sure, it is ! Adai (ada) is made of rice flour, it is mainly used in Kerala cuisine !

      1. Ohk! Thank you #Megala. 😃

  6. Never prepared this, I thought its very difficult by reading your post I feel it can be prepared. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe .

    1. Megala says:

      Nice to hear that, please do try & let me know. 🙂 Thanks !

  7. Wow ! Great presentation, love it, dear !

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  8. Such a delicious payasam!!!!!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it really is ! Thank you !

  9. jkaybay says:

    That fried coconut looks very appealing! Plus a pasta that makes it’s own sauce is quite handy 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks, and thanks for stopping by !

  10. I can imagine the creamy delicious flavor of Adai Pradhaman…It looks so delicous and always so nice to know more about south Indian culture and traditions..Lovely Post Megala !!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

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