Ada Pradhaman – Onam Special Recipe from Kerala

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Ada Pradhaman - Onam Recipe
Ada Pradhaman – Onam Recipe

Ada Pradhaman is an essential part of Onasadya (also known as Onam Sadya). It is essentially a rich payasam/kheer where ada (steamed rice flour flakes) are cooked in a wonderful mix of jaggery and coconut milk. It is super simple to make and just as delicious. You could also try its cousin Palada Pradhaman which is cooked in milk and sugar.

I made this for Onam this year. However, with Varalakshmi Vratam coinciding with Onam this year, I was pressed for time and am posting it now, when I have time to catch a breath!

I also made it with store-bought coconut milk and so this recipe reflects those measures.

You will find more delicious dishes in this Collection of Onam Sadya Recipes!

How to Make Ada Pradhaman for Onam Sadya

Serves: 4

Time: 30 Minutes


  1. Ada – 1/2 Cup
  2. Thick Coconut Milk – 1.5 Cups
  3. Grated Jaggery – 1.5 Cups
  4. Coconut Pieces (1/4″ thin pieces) – 2-3 tbsp
  5. Cashews – 10 to 12
  6. Chukku or Dry Ginger Powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
  8. Green Cardamom – 4 or 5
  9. Ghee – 1 tbsp

Ada Pradhaman Recipe from Kerala

Method to Make Ada Pradhaman

  1. The Basic Preparations
    1. Peel and powder the green cardamom.
    2. Split the cashews.
    3. Heat 1 tbsp ghee.
    4. Stir-fry the coconut pieces in ghee till they start to brown.
    5. Remove and set aside,
    6. Stir-fry the cashews in ghee till they start to brown.
    7. Remove and set aside.
  2. Preparing the Ada
    1. Dilute 1/2 cup coconut milk with 2/3 cup water.
    2. Bring the diluted coconut milk to a boil.
    3. Add the ada to the boiling coconut milk.
    4. Over low flame, cook till the ada is cooked.
    5. Set aside.
  3. Making the Jaggery Syrup
    1. In a heavy bottomed vessel, add the grated jaggery and 1/2 cup water.
    2. Heat till the jaggery is melted.
    3. Turn off the heat.
    4. Add the chukku podi, cardamom powder, and cumin powder.
  4. Making the Ada Pradhaman
    1. In a heavy bottomed vessel, add the melted jaggery and cooked ada (along with all the liquid).
    2. Add the rest of the coconut milk.
    3. If the Ada Pradhaman is very thick, add a little water.
    4. Simmer over a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Add the fried cashews and coconut.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Ada Pradhaman for Onam and Vishu
Ada Pradhaman for Onam and Vishu


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