Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Papaya Payasam – Indian Papaya Pudding Dessert – this milk based pudding makes a fabulous chilled dessert for summertime!
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.
Want to get a look at some of the other kheer/payasam I’ve prepared in the past?
- Watermelon Pith Kheer – a no waste version using the white part of the watermelon. Definitely a great use to avoid food waste.
- Watermelon Kheer
- Bajre Ki Kheer – (Millet) Kheer
- Ube (Purple Yam) Sago Kheer
- Pumpkin Vermicelli Payasam
- Paneer Payasam
Want to make it Vegan? Use coconut milk instead!
We are going to start with a fruit based kheer today!
These chilled kheer desserts are cooling on hot summer days!
Nice and creamy – if you are a pudding person – you will love this version!
Papaya Payasam – Indian Papaya Pudding Dessert
- 14 oz. peeled and chopped papaya
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons saffron syrup or a pinch of saffron
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ + 1/8 cup grated khoya
- chopped pistacchios garnish as desired
- sliced almonds garnish as desired
- In a blender, puree the papaya with 1 cup of the milk.
- Transfer to a saucepan.
- Add the remaining milk and saffron syrup. Bring to a boil.
- Add sugar and cardamom. Cook on a high simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add khoya and cook another 5 minutes.
- Leave to cool and chill in the refrigerator.
- To serve, garnish with nuts.
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An interesting variation on the traditional kheer. Looks very creamy.
thanks – yes it is a thicker and delicious version
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!
I love the flavor of papaya but not the mouthfeel of fresh papaya so am always looking for interesting ways to use it. I am sure you will like it
That is a really creamy kheer Mir. The addition of mawa and papaya with milk sounds really rich and perfect for any celebration..
yes it is a creamier kheer
Papaya is one fruit that I am not a huge fan and would happily like to transform it. This kheer looks like a perfect recipe to use it. Love the creaminess of the kheer!
me too – I don’t like it as a fruit but I like the flavor to use in other things
Papaya kheer looks so creamy and rich with mawa,nuts.Absolutely a delicious one.
thank you – yes it is quite creamy and delicious
This is simply wow…a payassam from papaya…loved it
thank you – yes I know it is not exactly a usual flavor
Am yet to try payasam with papaya and you are tempting me to give a try. How pretty and catchy this dessert looks. A must try definitely.
yes – it was a great use of the papaya
Seems like a papaya day , just checked a papaya lassi … and now this innovative kheer , super one Mir ! And I see you have a treasure of payasams !
yes – I seem to be a fan and adding to the collection this week 🙂
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.
I also dont like papaya as is but I love the flavor in sweets and smoothies
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.
thanks Suma – papaya though not common in sweets Ilike it – since I dont like the mouthfeel of the fresh ripe fruit itself
Mir, you always come out with some thing different. This papaya payasam is something I have never heard before. Must try it asap.
i always think food and recipes is something to be played with – who wants the same old versions every time!!!
Thats a rich and creamy payasam with yummy Papaya! Loved it Mir
We eat the fruit as is and never ventured to make anything with it. The kheer looks so thick and nice Mir!
thanks – and I’m the opposite like things made with papapya but nt papaya itself
That is a very innovative dish….the addition of khoya would have made the kheer so rich and tasty!
yes – absolutely delicious and creamy
It looks like the recipe is no longer on the page. Can you repost it please?
technical glitch – it should be there now