Mukkani Payasam

Reading Panchangam (an almanac prepared based on Indian calendar system) is an age-old custom practiced on the day of Tamil New Year that falls in the mid April. A few centuries ago royal priests were summoned to read a new Panchangam in the king’s court mentioning important dates of the year and also foretelling the calamities like flood, war, etc. Even today every TV channel telecasts the speech rendered by astrologers predicting the next prime minister, rain fall, gold price, etc. that are of great interest to all walks of life .

Our New Year celebration is incomplete without mukkani (meaning three sweet fruits- mango, jackfruit & banana), a bowl of mukkani is usually kept in the pooja room & the idols at home are adorned with gold jewelry on the eve of New Year, and people like to wake up to the sight of sweet fruits (mukkani) & decorated idols in the New Year wishing good health & prosperity.

Now I have prepared a dessert using mukkani that can be served as payasam for lunch, and it tastes tantalizingly delicious when served chilled. I prefer to use nendram pazham than any other banana variety for the bright yellow color & its sweet aroma, thin coconut milk to dilute the fruit pulp, thick coconut milk to make it creamy, and also used golden castor sugar as sweetener (actually this fruit payasam can be relished even without any sweetener). I have not added any aromatic spice like cardamom mainly to enjoy the fruit flavors to the fullest. Besides I have added roasted cashew nuts, chopped mangoes and sweet boondhi for adding textures to this creamy dessert.

Mukkani Payasam:


Mango (finely chopped)1
Jackfruit bulbs (seeded)10
Coconut milk (thin)200 ml
Coconut milk (thick)50 ml
Golden castor sugaras needed
Cashew nuts (roasted in ghee)as desired
Sweet boondhi (optional)as desired

Payasam preparation:

  • Steam the banana and jackfruit bulbs for 5 minutes and make a fruit pulp.
  • Heat a sauce pan with fruit pulp in low flame.
  • Pour thin coconut milk into the pan and combine together.
  • Add sugar and mix well until melted away.
  • Pour thick coconut milk and mix well.
  • Remove from heat and leave aside until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Refrigerate mukkani payasam for few hours.
  • Serve chilled after garnishing with chopped mango, sweet boondhi and roasted cashew nuts.

You may also check out my other Tamil New Year recipes like aval puttu, veppampoo pachadi, veppampoo rasam, avial, adai pradhaman, masal vadai, and festive sambar.
I wish all my Tamil readers a very happy New Year!


99 Comments Add yours

  1. Beyoutiful says:

    Looks nice! My Mom always makes Payasam and def some interesting cooking for new year as well lol. Happy Tamil New Year Megala 💛

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. Wow, looks tempting! Happy New Year!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  3. Chiru says:

    Oh yummy….
    Iniya tamizh puthandu vazhthukkal.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks, wish you the same.

  4. Rupali says:

    So very creative Megala.
    Happy new year to you and yours.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks much!

  5. Love this Payasam…happy new year to you and your family 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. Oh wow! Absolutely divine payasam! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot! 🙂

  7. foodzesty says:

    Looks wonderful Megala….even though I don’t eat bananas. 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Ahh! Thanks! 🙂

      1. foodzesty says:

        You are so welcome 🙂

  8. Anisha says:

    Can’t wait to try this! But mangoes aren’t available yet.

    தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!
      Wish you the same.

  9. Delicious payasam. Happy new year to you and your family.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  10. Christy B says:

    I’d love to try it!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! 🙂

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