Thursday, July 31, 2008

Parippu Pradhaman or Kheer made out of Lentil and Jaggery

The first thing I get reminded when I see parippu pradhaman is Onam!! The onam during my childhood days where the best!! I still remember how we used to get up in the morning and pluck flowers to make a pookalam(floral carpet) in the front of the house. Once thats done, help mumma in making the whole sadya.. My duty was generally to cut the veges and grate 1 coconut. My brother being elder to me and ofcourse stronger took the responsibility to grate 2-3 coconuts in one go and then extracted the coconut milk.. Probably that was the toughest job I must say. But it was fun that way. Lots of things have changed now but the memories remain fresh!! Thats the photo of parippu pradhaman on the backdrop of a Kerala Saree!! What a delightful sight!! Waiting for Onam to come. Countdown starts!! 41 days to go!!


  • ½ cup - Moong dal / Cherupayar Parippu
  • 1 cup - Water
  • 1 cup - Sharkara Pav / Jaggery melted in water and thickened
  • ½ cup - Thick coconut milk (Onnampaal)
  • 2 cups - Thin coconut milk (Randampaal+moonampaal)
  • 1/2 tsp - Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp - Dry ginger powder / chukku podi
  • 2 tbsp - Ghee
  • 10-12 - Cashewnuts and Raisins
  • Handful of Thengakottu/chopped Coconut slices


  • Traditionally this dish is to be made in a uruli(huge, flat vessel made of bronze) but coz of the unavailability have to go for a pressure cooker. :( So heat the pressure cooker and dry roast the Moong dal, till the flavor of the dal comes out. Empty it on to a plate and let it cool completely. Add the water and pressure cook it till soft.
  • Once the cooker is opened, add the melted jaggery into the dal and keep stirring on low flame, till it becomes nice and thick.
  • Add the thin milk into the misture. Keep stirring and bring it to boil. When the bubbles come, simmer the heat and add the thick milk and again bring it to boil on low flame. Keep stirring continuously.
  • Add the cardamom powder and dry ginger powder and mix well. Garnish with cashewnuts, raisins and coconut pieces roasted in ghee.
  • Serve with papadam and pazham!!
This recipe is going to participate in the "Lentils Mela"


sri said...

pal payasam alley payasathil king , athu aakatey adutha dessert ;-)
btw hw was 3 mistakes, i heard from a few friends it was a mistake reading the book,ha

Divz said...

hmmm...yaa i wanted to put...but ada is not available here..naatil chelumbol ondakaam...
i wudnt say that it was a mistake reading "the 3 mistakes of my life" coz i was curious to know the mistakes..and when the first mistake was rolled out i was even more curious to know what were the other it kept me glued..but at times u knw its hard to belive or digest lot of things thats been written..u feel that its after all a story in a small town - ahmedabad!!

Poornima said...

I tried this one today and it came out really well! thanks for posting it!