Pidi Payasam | Malabar Eid Special

Pidi Payasam
Yields: 1 Serving Difficulty: Difficult Prep Time: 30 Mins Cook Time: 30 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr

Pidi Payasam is a traditional Kerala sweet dumpling dessert recipe made with rice flour, coconut. Just like Kerala has innumerable biryani varying from cities to district, likewise holds true for the payasams and pradhamans. Also called as Pidi Kari Payasam / Pidi Curry is prepared during Eid and Bakrid.


Actually I am not from the malabar region, when I heard of this recipe from my husband, I got quite excited and interested. He is from malabar region of kerala. He explained this recipe and showed more interest in preparing the recipe. After eating this payasam, I’m surely in love with it. Therefore I want to share the pidi payasam recipe with you in detail.

Pidi payasam doesn’t need much ingredients. All ingredients are easily available in our regular kitchen pantry. Main items are rice flour, any kind of sweet and coconut with its milk. Malabar region is famous for its coconut and most of them use coconut in their recipes. As in this recipe follows freshly grated coconut and coconut milk. The recipe is very interesting and takes little time to prepare.

For pidi payasam, rice flour must be prepared like a dough. Dough is simple with rice flour, salt and hot water. Kneaded well like a chapathi dough. Hot water will help to make soft dough. We need to make pidi from dough. Pidi is not a big task to prepare, it is just shaped like a kidney bean. This recipe needs little time to prepare pidi.

I have used jaggery for sweetness. You can also use sugar too. Thin coconut milk is added when jaggery dissolves and while boiling it for a few minutes, later add pidi and cook for 15 minutes or until pidi is cooked. Freshly grated coconut and cardamom powder gives good aroma to the payasam. Thick coconut milk giving extra taste to the dessert. The dessert pidi payasam can be served when it’s hot or chilled.

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Health Benefits of Rice Flour:

  • Gluten-free, it is an excellent choice for those suffering from gluten intolerance and autoimmune conditions, such as Celiac.
  • It contains a healthy amount of insoluble fibres, which keep the digestive tract in optimum shape. A high-fibre diet can also improve cardiovascular health, manage blood sugar levels, and regularise bowel movement.
  • Rice flour is rich in calcium, and this rice flour nutrition makes it an excellent food choice to maintain bone and skeletal health.
  • White rice flour (100g) contains 9.2mg of Choline, which prevents the build-up of fat and cholesterol in your liver. Thus, it helps maintain your liver health.
  • Due to its high mineral density, especially Zinc, rice flour can give the body’s natural immune response a boost.
  • Rice flour contains a healthy amount of protein, which makes it a go-to ingredient if you wish to bulk up and gain muscles.
  • One can use rice flour as a natural exfoliant due to its coarse texture. It is highly effective in removing dead skin and debris from your skin’s surface.
  • Another cosmetic usage of rice flour is available through the application of face packs and masks, which can offer an array of favourable results ranging from skin tightening to getting rid of dark circles.

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0/6 Instructions
  • In a mixing bowl add rice flour, salt, and hot water. Knead the dough and Make small pieces.
  • In a vessel add jaggery pieces and boil it. Sieve the jaggery syrup to a pan or large vessel.
  • To the pan add sieved jaggery syrup and thin coconut milk or water boil it. Once started to boil add rice flour pieces to it. Mix well and Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder and freshly grated coconut and stir well.
  • Add thick coconut milk and leave for 2 minutes in medium flame.
  • Pidi Payasam ready. Serve and enjoy with your family.

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