Papaya Payasam – Indian Papaya Pudding Dessert

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Last Updated on August 26, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Papaya Payasam – Indian Papaya Pudding Dessert – this milk based pudding makes a fabulous chilled dessert for summertime!

Papaya Payasam - Indian Papaya Pudding Dessert

I am not a big chocolate person. Sure I do like a good slice of chocolate cake like this once in a while, but 90% of the time I’m going to go for the fruit based dessert or the milky and creamy custard type of dessert or pudding.

Kheer in northern India or payasam in southern India are milk based puddings that can be made with any variety of grain, fruit or vegetable. While some are more traditional, in modern times I’ve seen varieties that include everything from quinoa to apple. They are usually on the thinner side, though I sometimes take a bit of artistic license and make it a bit thicker, per my preference. If you prefer the thinner type of kheer, feel free to add more milk as desired.

This week I am going to be showing you one of each – fruit based, veggie based and grain based!

Reader Interactions


  1. Srivalli

    Now this is surely a fantastic take with the sweet dish!..I have made papaya halwa, never ventured beyond that…Looking to know you have two different ones coming up, can’t wait to read them!

  2. Harini

    Wow! A wonderful way to use up papaya. Though I have no takers at home for papaya. I can check if they will take to this creamy dessert.

  3. Suma Gandlur

    I can eat raw papaya but not the ripe one and so never ventured into ‘papaya sweets zone’. However your version sounds like one rich kheer with the addition of mawa and looks very inviting with that vibrant hue.

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