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Onashamsakal & AdaPradhaman

Posted by Annita on August 27, 2007

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Onam

AdaPradhaman is an indispensable factor in a Kerala Sadya.As per the name Ada is the main ingredient here,it is very similar to pasta in texture and is made of rice or maida.Ada when cooked in milk and sugar is called Palada and when cooked in coconut milk and jaggery is AdaPradhaman.The traditional method of preparing Ada is very laborious and time consuming.But Ada is now easily available to us,even in Indian grocery stores outside India.

Back home,my mother-in-law uses Maida Ada for preparing Adapradhaman,and rice ada is used only for making Palada.But here I’ve used Rice Ada in my Adapradhaman as I couldn’t find any Maida Ada here.


Ada(Maida Ada is the best) – 1/4 kg
Jaggery(Sharkkara) – 1/2 kg
Sabudhana(Chowari) cooked – 1 cup
Ghee (Neyyu)- 1/2 – 1 cup
Thin Coconut milk (Randaam Paalu)- 3 cups
Thick coconut milk(Onnam Paalu) – 1 cup
Cardamom powder (Elakka Podi)-1/2 tsp
Broken Cashewnuts (Andiparippu)- as needed
Raisins (Unakka munthiri)- as needed
Coc0nut pieces chopped (Thengakkothu)- as needed


Cook Ada as per the directions on the packet,allow it to cool and drain.Melt jaggery adding 1/2 cup of water and strain it to remove any unwanted particles in the jaggery.Jaggery you get in U.S is very good and you might not want to do the straining part.Now heat a big vessel(preferrably Uruli if you have one),add the melted jaggery into it,stir well and add cooked ada into it.Continue stirring until you’ve attained a medium thick consistency,adding ghee in between to prevent it from sticking.Now add thin coconut milk,mix well and add cooked sabudhana into it.Allow it to simmer for 10- 15 minutes.Switch off the heat and add thick coconut milk,mix well and add cardamom powder into it.Stir again and keep it aside.

Heat ghee in a small pan and fry coconut pieces,cashewnuts and raisins.Now add these into the Payasam.Mix and serve hot or cold.



33 Responses to “Onashamsakal & AdaPradhaman”

  1. Albi said

    wish u ur family a beautiful onam;&aprosperous year too

  2. ruchii said

    Happy Onam to you Anita..

  3. Cynthia said

    Happy Onam to you and the family, Anita.

  4. Jubi Thomas said

    Hi Annita..

    Wish you and your family a Happy Onam

  5. Hi..
    Wish u and ur family , a happy onam… REading a keralite cook book, im kind of very interested in kerala ways of cooking with veges… i have a lot of doubts … guess i will come back to u… Ur header prompts me to do so…
    thanks and have a great time cooking for Onam Sadya.. Am i right?

  6. Mishmash! said

    Onasamsakal to u too :)
    Parippu payasam aano..? angottu varatte ?:)

  7. mallugirl said

    happy onam to u and ur family! what payasam is that?yum!

  8. Priya said

    Hey Anita
    Onashamsakal to you and your family. Have a great year ahead :)

  9. Pravs said

    Happy onam Annita.

  10. Lakshmi said

    Happy Onam Annita!

  11. Lubna said

    Hi Anitta,

    I’m a regular visitor of your blog and enjoys cooking as well. Happy onam from me to you

  12. Bharathy said

    Happy Onam..
    I dint get ur reply yet!!(posted in broccoli soup about the link)!!Waiting

  13. Jyothsna said

    Happy Onam to you and your family Annita! You made pradhaman too?

  14. Arun said

    Wishing a happy and prosperous onam.

    Once upon a lifetime in kerala

  15. Asha said

    Happy Onam Annita!:))

  16. TBC said

    Happy Onam!
    I love pradhamans.

  17. Kumudha said

    Visiting this blog for the first time…
    You have some very good recipes here, and the pictures of cakes are wonderful!

  18. Shella said

    Happy Belated Onam Annita.

    Hope you had a wonderful sadya

  19. Rahin said

    Hey Annita wish u n ur family a very happy Onam :)…belated (?)

  20. sia said

    i am little late here anita… wishing u and ur family a very happy onam :)

  21. Annita, u r the best! Wishing u all the best things in life…! Thanks again and again for yr wonderful work…!!May God bless u and family…!!!

    With Regards, Dhanya.

  22. P.S. Belated Onam Wishes too :) Added yr blog in my site (PooNthoottam Online Club – Thanks again…

  23. Nags said

    i loooove sharkara payasam! yummmmm

  24. Sharkkara varatti akaththu vechu undaakkunna Ilyappam…! hoo kothi varunnu… :)

  25. wish u a happy onam
    ajimoan george mangatt & dr.Santhi
    saudi arabia

    Onam wishes to u & ur family.

  26. This is my favorite payasam and i had to make it after seeing it here. I tried it last night and it was awesome. Thanks for a great recipe.

  27. ikshayar said

    Happy Onam

    More onam wishes:

  28. SUJA said

    Hey Annita,
    im dying to make and eaaaaat pal ada prathaman…pakshe ivide chicago il ada evida kittum ennu oru pidi illa….ariyavo???

  29. SUJA said

    Hey Annita,
    im dying to make and eaaaaat pal ada prathaman…pakshe ivide chicago il ada evida kittum ennu oru pidi illa….ariyavo???

  30. Afi kutty said

    adipolli ! k.tto
    Ithiri kittiyirunnengil………………………

  31. Lis dubai said

    lovely recepie. i tried some modifications and it came out well.
    these are the modifications i tried. ada used is Rice ada.
    1) used 400 gm ada instead of 250 (this was enough for 8 adults and 5 children)
    2) after the ada is cooked, i fried using some ghee. It gives some more firmness to the cooked ada
    3) 1/2 kg jaggery was good enough to give the sweetness.
    4) I did not use the chowari
    5) i used one grated coconut to make the coconut milk. 2 glasses of thick coconut milk and 4 glasses of thin coconut milk. used the mixer to get this done
    6) I also did not add cardamon powder.
    7) Before adding thick coconut milk, i added one tin of condensed milk (nestle). This gave a better taste.

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  33. Nags said

    Thank you for this Deepa. I have a list of Onam Sadya Recipes
    on my site too :)

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