It is typically known as Senagabedala Payasam in our native jargon. Senaga Bedalu = Senaga Pappu or Chana Dal. Senagabedala Payasam is traditionally prepared for festive occasions. Also it is my brother's favorite (and mine too) and my mom makes it for him on demand. During Diwali, he was with my parents and Amma made it for him and he was describing the heavenly taste of this payasam when I called to wish him(sigh..) . To be honest, I truly felt jealous that my brother was enjoying the payasam and I am missing out on it.  Thats when I thought I should make Senagabedala payasam as soon as possible. Nevertheless I prepared this delicious payasam when we performed Satyanarayan puja at home and invited friends for dinner few days back. It felt very good to be sharing this favorite dessert of mine with friends!

Ingredients -
(I have reduced the measurements here cos I made it for about 30 people and those measurements would be ridiculous!)

Chana Dal 3/4 - 1 cup
Milk 5 cups
Sugar 1 1/4 cups
Dry Nuts Powder (Walnut, Almonds, Cashew 6-7 each) (Optional)
Coconut Fresh/Frozen Grated 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

Method Of Preparation - 

Pressure cook Chana Dal in about 2 cups of water.

In a heavy bottomed pan, boil milk and add the dry nuts powder and grated coconut. 

Add the boiled chana dal and sugar and let the mixture boil for about 10 min. Some might like to mash half of the chana dal for a thicker consistency. I prefer the chana dal as is!!

Traditionally this payasam is made using jaggery. But the jaggery I have at home is breaking the milk so used sugar instead.

Add Cardamom powder and mix well. Garnish with sauteed cashews and raisins (I didn't add the garnish).

Preparation Time 45 min (incl pressure cooking the dal)
Serves 4-5 Adults
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, December 29, 2010


  1. Kheer looks droolworthy. Would definitely try it out soon.

    Happy New Year in advance to you and your family.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. my neighbour used to share this payasam with other sweets but now that she has moved to Chennai I often crave these. looks so good.

  3. Kurinji Says:
  4. Healthy payasam...

  5. good one !

  6. Priya Suresh Says:
  7. Delicious and my favourite kheer, so tempting..

  8. Padmajha Says:
  9. Very easy and tempting kheer.Looks yum!
    And wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year :)

  10. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  11. Lovely lovely kheer, thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook.

  12. Akila Says:
  13. Wow that looks really fantastic dear....
    love it...


  14. advance wishes for the new year...kheer looks gorgeous n yum

  15. delicious healthy dessert happy new year

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