Sharkara payasam

sharkara payasam
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Jaggery / sharkara : 350gm
Grinded coconut : 2 cups
Unakkalari / Raw Rice : 1 cup
Cardamom : 2 pods
Ghee : 1 Tbsp
Cashew nuts : 1 Tbsp
Raisins : 2 tsp
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Hope you all had a memorable Vishu today. Let the peace and prosperity of Vishu be with you and your family through out the year. We also had a great vishu (off course feast too) today. As you all know payasam is a must for any Kerala functions. We had two payasams for the sadhya, sharkara payasam and palada payasam. I will share you the recipe of sharkara payasam here. Try this at home next time and let me know your comments.

  • Powder cardamom seeds.
  • Keep the rice soaked for 20-30 minutes.
  • Cook jaggery in 1 cup of water and make it into a syrup, strain and set it aside.
  • Grind the grated coconut and extract the first and second milk from it.
  • Cook the rice in 2½ cups of water in a pressure cooker or in a heavy-bottomed vessel.
  • Add the jaggery syrup to the rice, followed by the ghee and the powdered cardamom with constant stirring in low flame.
  • Add the second coconut milk while stirring. When the volume is reduce to half, add the first milk and mix well. Do not allow it to boil.
  • In a pan / Kadai / heat the ghee, fry raisins and fry cashew nuts till it become golden coloure.  Add it to the sharkara payasam.
  • Serve the payasam hot or cold.


  • Remember to avoid over cooking the rice, it should not get mashed when stirred.
  • Add more ghee, for a tastier version.

This entry was written on March 3rd, 2018 by in Desserts and tagged with , , , , , . Last revised on March 17th, 2018.

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  • April 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

    i just loved it…………. thanks.

  • April 8, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Nice payasam. I reduced the jaggery to 300 gm and added a teaspoon of salt to balance the sweetness. Loved it. Thanks

    • April 11, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Hi Priya,
      Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to drop your comments. Glad that you enjoyed it…

  • August 27, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I am going to try this recepie for onam!!!!!!!!

  • October 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I had tried sharkara payasam in my home it was so tasty.


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