Sep 19, 2015

Undralla Paayasam ~ Paala Undrallu

As the name says this is the Paayasam that is made with Undrallu. This is a special festive dish that can be made specific to Vinayaka Chavithi festival. This is little similar to Palataalika Paaysam expect that this Undralla Paayasam is made with Sugar instead of Jaggery, which makes it very simple to make. I have never seen or tasted this before, but today I have learnt this recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi with the intention to try a new festive dish. This came out superb and delicious, I loved the taste as this is not too Sweet, the savory taste of Undrallu in between the bites of paayasam gives a new taste and makes this paayasam dish unique. Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Undralla Paayasam
To make Undrallu
Rice Flour - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup water
salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

To make Paayasam
Milk  - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Saggu Biyyam ( Tapioca) - 3 Tbsp ( Optional)
Chana Dal -  2 Tbsp ( Optional)
Cardamom Pod - 1
Cashew Nuts - 5
Pistachio Nuts - 5
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Raisins - 5

Preparatory Steps:
  • Soak Chana Dal and Saggu Biyyam in 1 cup of water in a small bowl. 
  • Heat Ghee in non-stick pan, once it is hot, add chopped Cashew Nuts, Pistachio Nuts and Raisins, fry them until golden color, take it off the stove and keep it aside. 
  • Crush the Cardamom in small Mortar and make it into coarse powder. 


  1. Heat 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup water in a steel bowl or in non-stick pot. Add salt to it and let the water boil. At this point add oil to water and mix it well. 
  2. Then add rice flour to this boiling water and keep on mixing it so that rice flour mixes with water and makes into smooth paste. Mix it well so that there are no lumps formed. If you need some more water add 1 or 2 Tbsp water. Switch off the stove and take this off the stove and let it cool. 
  3. Now grease your palms and fingers and knead this into smooth dough. Divide this into small parts and roll them into balls. 
  4. Steam these balls in pressure cooker for 5 mins, this helps the rice balls to be soft. Take them out of pressure cooker and keep them aside. 

  1. Heat non-stick pot and add Milk to it. Keep the milk boiling on medium heat. To this add soaked saggubiyyam and chana dal  (drain the excess water from soaking). Mix it well with milk. Simmer for few minutes. 
  2. Add Sugar to milk and mix it well simmer for few more minutes, until saggu biyyam is cooked half ( becomes transparent) . 
  3. Now add Steamed Rice Balls to the milk mixture. Cook these in milk for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  4. Add cardamom powder, fried nuts and raisins. Mix everything well and simmer for 2 minutes ( until everything comes together making the paaysam thick). Switch off the stove and Transfer Paayasam into Serving Bowl. 
  5. Offer this Yummy Undralla Paayasam to Lord Ganesha first and then Serve as Prasasdam to your family.

  • If you need to make paayasam even more thick, add 1 Tbsp of  Rice Flour to 4 Tbsp water and add it to Milk mixture before you add fried nuts. That will make Paayasam very thick. I prefer thin consistency, so I haven't added this step in my recipe. 
  •  Some people skip the Steaming step, you can do that but that makes the Undrallu little hard in the payaasam. Steaming helps the Undrallu to be soft and it gives shining look to your Undrallu. 
  • If you don't prefer Sugar and want little healthy version, add Jaggery instead of Sugar. If you use Jaggery, you might need to use at least 1/2 cup of Jaggery to get the same sweetness.

Hope you have enjoyed today's festive recipe!
Happy cooking until we meet here!



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