Sharkara payasam

sharkara payasam
Prepration time: 60 Minutes
Persons served: 4 Persons
Cuisine: Kerala


  • 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

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.


How would you rate this recipe?

126 votes, 4.74 / 5.00 (94%)
  • says:

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

    • says:

      Thank you ashraf for the feedback.

  • says:

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

    • says:

      @Mary Scaria : Hope you tried it. Waiting for the feedback 😉
      How was onam?

  • P

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

    • says:

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

  • N

    i just loved it…………. thanks.

    • says:

      @Priya: 1 cup usually measure 200ml.

  • says:

    How much is a cup … measurement wise for you?

    • says:

      @Priya: 1 cup usually measures 200ml.

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