Pradhaman (Moong dal kheer) recipe

Today’s recipe (Pradhaman: a Kerala traditional payasam/kheer/pudding) is my masterpiece for which I got lots of appreciation from family as well as my colleagues.

The cooking time would be almost 45 minutes and another 20 minutes for preparation, but I am sure you will be happy by the taste of it.


  • Moong Dal -1 cup
  • Jaggery – 500g
  • Coconut thick milk – 3 cups
  • Coconut Thin milk – 6 cups (Note: I usually use packed coconut milk. So thin coconut milk means that dilute the coconut milk with water and make it thin)
  • Ghee – 3 to 4 tbs or as per your need
  • Cashew, raisin, coconut small pieces, cardamom -5-6 
  • Dry ginger powder – 1/2 tsp
  • jeera powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)


  • Dry roast half the moong dal till it becomes brown in color
  • Dry roast the other half till it becomes just crispy
    Note: Step 1& 2 need to be followed as mentioned. Images are shown below

  • Keep the dal aside for cooling down.
  • Melt jaggery in another pan by adding 1/4 cup water, filter it and keep.
Brown color jaggery is preferred as in the image
  • Wash the roasted dal and cook it by adding water in a pressure cooker on a medium flame for a whistle.
    Note: Don’t overcook the dal. Once opened it from cooker if the dal is not cooked yet you can cook for some more time. Add little water as and when required and stir. Next step is to add melted jaggery. Jaggery does not allow to cook dal further. So make sure to cook it properly, before adding jaggery.
  • Once it is cooked, add melted jaggery and stir continuously by adding ghee.
look at the moong dal, it’s not overcooked
  • Once all the water content is evaporated, add thin coconut milk little by little and stir often for about 20 mins.
  • Once payasam has a necessary thickness, add crushed cardamom, dry ginger powder, jeera powder, and thick coconut milk. Mix well. Do not boil.ย 
  • Fry the coconut pieces, cashews and raisins in ghee
  • Add it to the payasam.
  • Yummy payasam is ready ๐Ÿ˜‹

Try and share your experience in the comment section. It will inspire me to put more recipes like this. ๐Ÿ˜Š

3 thoughts on “Pradhaman (Moong dal kheer) recipe”

  1. Hi Jimsha,

    I would like to try this. May i know the quantity of water to be taken to cook one cup moong dal??

    1. Hi Neethu,

      Itโ€™s the same quantity that you add when you make moong dal curry. For example, here for 1 cup of moong dal, I have used 2.5 to 3 cups of water. After cooking if you feel like itโ€™s watery, decrease the water quantity by keeping it on high flame and stirring occasionally. If the water you add is less, there is a chance of dal getting burnt. So be make sure to add enough water while cooking the dal.

      1. I tried this recipe and it turned out to be good. I think i had over roasted the green gram a little.. the pradhaman had a more crunchy feel..

        Thanks for a great recipe.

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