Quick Nendrapazham Payasam/Pradhaman (Plantain Kheer)

A long time since I posted a sweet recipe. This recipe is a quick, easier twist to the traditional pradhaman (kerala-style kheer).

Traditionally, pradhamans are made with coconut milk – 3 extracts of coconut milk  are taken and added at different stages. At our native place in Palakkad, its made in a heavy-bottomed bronze vessel called an urli. 

I don’t have the urli nor the mixer to extract coconut milk of different concentration. So, mine is a shortcut pradhaman. The taste though not exactly like the traditional one is surely quite close. 


Ripe Nendrapazham (plantain): 1
Jaggery: ½-¾ cup (according to your taste)
Grated coconut: ¼ cup
Ghee: ½ teaspoon
Cardamom (elaichi/elakka) powder: a pinch 


  1. Cut the plantain into 3 pieces and cook in water till soft and mushy. You can also cook it in a pressure cooker with little water for about 3 whistles or so.
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  3. When cooked, drain the water.
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  5. Peel and remove the core and seeds. Allow too cool completely and crumble roughly.
  6. Grind the cooked plantain pieces and the coconut in a blender to a smooth paste. Reserve a teaspoon of coconut for adding later. Add little water (about 2 tablespoons) while grinding.
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  8. In a heavy-bottomed (non-stick) vessel, fry the reserved spoon of coconut in the ghee. Then, add and dissolve the jaggery in half a cup of water.
  9. Add the ground paste and the cardamom powder. Reduce the heat to low. Keep stirring and cooking till the raw smell is gone and the mixture thickens (takes about 8-10 minutes).
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  11. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes. The pradhaman thickens and darkens up even more.
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  13. Serve and enjoy! The payasam/pradhaman tastes wonderful if chilled for a couple of hours.
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4 Responses to “Quick Nendrapazham Payasam/Pradhaman (Plantain Kheer)”

  1. very very good

  2. Awesome quick one. Not tested but will definitely give it a try.

  3. wonderful! easy too

  4. Hey, thanks. It’s a quick fix for working women. I was thinking, what to do with the loads of Nendrapazham bought from Kerala.. Can’t throw it too!! I will definitely try this.

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