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Ada Pradhaman (& A Surprise Gift For You !)

Ada Pradhaman (& A Surprise Gift For You !)

Now where should I start, hhmm.. am clueless. It was exactly like this 3 years back, when I started this small space of mine called MariasMenu. Yes, MariasMenu is celebrating its 3rd birthday this month!! I never thought this space would come this far, I’ve never worked in a place for 3 years, so this is something great for me. At least I can now say that I’ve one hobby that lasted/lasts for sometime :)


  • Ada – ½ cup/75 gms
  • Jaggery – 250 gms
  • Ghee – 2-3 tsp
  • Medium thick coconut milk – 1¾ cups
  • Thick coconut milk – 1¼cup
  • Tiny coconut slices – 1-2 tbsp
  • Cashew nut – a handful
  • Cardamom – 2-3, crushed


  • Cook the ada in 2-3 cups of water, till it becomes soft. Strain the ada and wash it in cold water to remove the stickiness. Add 3 tbsp of water to the jaggery & melt it. Strain the melted jaggery.
  • In a deep bottom pan, combine melted jaggery, cooked ada & 2 tsp of ghee. Cook on low – medium heat till the mixture becomes thick and start separating from the pan. Add medium thick coconut milk. Cook on medium -low heat and stir in between. When the coconut milk reduce to half the quantity, add thick coconut milk and stir well. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Kindly note that the payasam will thicken itself later on, so after adding thick coconut milk, do not keep it for a long time. Add crushed cardamoms, just before removing from the gas.
  • Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan & fry the coconut slices & cashew nuts. Add it to the payasam. Serve hot.


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