How to Make Moong Dal Payasam - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Moong Dal Payasam

Sweet & creamy moong dal Payasam is a popular dish of Tamilnadu & Kerala. Be it summer or winter, Payasam is a delightful option for dessert & is also preferred as a sweet course dish in the main meal. This weekend, make this healthy and delicious Payasam and give your family a sweet treat to end the day with
Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
4 People
 10 – 15 Minutes
30 – 45 Minutes


  • 250 gm moong dal (split moong)
  • 5-6 tbsp ghee
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4-5 sticks of cinnamon (or 1 tsp cinnamon powder)
  • 5-6 pods of green cardamom (or 1-2 tsp cardamom powder)
  • Other dry fruits of choice (optional)
  • Water


Step 1

Soak moong dal in water for 2-3 hrs. Then, drain & keep aside.

Step 2

In a pan, heat a tbsp of ghee, add green cardamom pods & cinnamon sticks. OR add above mentioned amount of green cardamom powder & cinnamon powder. Saute well, but not more than a minute. Overheating cardamom & cinnamon will make it lose its unique taste & smell.

Step 3

Next, add dal to the mixture, add a glass of water, cook well. Check periodically, add more water if required until dal is cooked properly.

Step 4

Remove from heat, cool & blend the dal with the help of hand blender to make a thick uniform puree.

Step 5

Heat plain milk & keep aside. Extract milk from coconut.

Step 6

In another pan, heat a tbsp of ghee, add mashed dal, sugar (consider sweetness according to choice), plain milk & coconut milk. Cook until all the ingredients blend well.

Step 7

Add cashew nuts (& other dry fruits of choice). Garnish with whole cashew nut & a few drops of ghee to make it look tempting. Serve hot in winters, serve chilled in summer.

Nutritional Information

Calories 636 K cal
Proteins 17.0 g
42.4 g
50.0 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium 354 mg
Potassium 193 mg


Tip :You can also add khoya (khawa/mawa) to the mixture, it enhances the taste of Payasam.
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