Cracked Wheat Payasam

Since there’s never a shortage of Indian festivals, it helps to have simple yet delicious desserts on hand for your family and friends to enjoy. Watch this video for Cracked Wheat Payasam and serve it as a alternative to the Rice Kheer or Sevia Kheer recipe. The richness of the coconut milk and unique sweetness of jaggery make this dessert perfect, even for large gatherings. It’s a great make ahead dessert and can be had hot, warm or cold making it even better.

Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves – 4


Cracked Wheat (fine) – 1/2 cup
Water – 2 cups
Milk – 1 cup
Coconut Milk – 1 can (13.5oz/400ml)
Cashews pieces – 1 Tbsp
Golden Raisins – 1 Tbsp
Jaggery – 1/2 cup or to taste
Ghee – 1 Tbsp
Grated Coconut – 2 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp


1. Add Cracked Wheat and Water in a pressure cooker and cook on high until one whistle sounds. Switch off stove and allow the pressure to go down on it’s own.
2. Open pressure cooker and turn on stove to low heat.
3. Add Jaggery to the cracked wheat and let it melt.
4. Add Milk and allow it to come to a boil and thicken on medium heat.
5. Add Coconut Milk, allow it to come to a boil and cook for 5-7 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Remove from stove.
6. Dry roast Shredded Coconut in a small skillet until fragrant and add to cracked wheat.
7. Heat Ghee in same skillet. Add Cashew pieces and saute for 30 seconds.
8. Add Golden Raisins and allow to them to plump up.
9. Add Cashews/Raisins to the Cracked Wheat and mix well.
10. Serve hot or cold.

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0 thoughts on “Cracked Wheat Payasam

  1. Hi Hetal/Anuja,

    This recipe looks awesome!! Usually consuming lot of coconut milk causes giddiness… Is using 400 ml of coconut milk in payasam fine?


      1. So sorry Padma,we are a little behind in responding – our apologies 🙁
        Well the amount of Payasam we made is to serve 4-6 people, hopefully you will not eat the whole thing… 😉 But honestly, we have never heard that coconut milk causes giddiness…

  2. Hi,
    want to know payasam and sweet pongal are the same.pls want to make sweet pongal so add this in your list.have written u two times but u never replied.

    1. Hi Parul,
      Sorry about the delayed response 🙁
      Payasam and Pongal are not the same.
      Payasam is like Kheer and Pongal is more like khichidi in consistency.
      We will put that on our (long) list.

    1. Hi Priya,

      We have never tried this recipe with quinoa, but it may not give the same texture as cracked wheat. When cooked, cracked wheat tends to become soft and thick while quinoa remains as tiny seeds.

  3. This Payasam rocks,Ladies! Thanks a ton! I wanted to know where you get the ‘Light’ version of the coconut milk from? I have looked for it in all the Oriental,Desi and American stores in the DFW area,but to no avail! Any help would be highly appreciated.


    1. We have only seen (and bought) it from the bigger Oriental stores. There are quite a few of them in the Garland area (close to Funasia theater) and the ones we go to are:
      May Hua (Coit and W.Park), Plano
      Asia World Market, Plano

      Hope that helps!

      1. Hey,Thanks a lot, Anuja! This definitely helps.. I have a recipe request for you guys..Could you post a simple,no-nonsense recipe for Thai yellow curry fried rice? This is one of my all time fave dish,and I dont wanna run to the Thai restaurant and pay big bucks there every time I have a craving for this dish! :(I have even tried the store bought yellow curry paste…and well,the less said,the better!

        Keep up the good work..Thanks!

    1. Hi Farzana,

      The taste will be different but in our opinion, anything with condensed milk is usually delicious :). Just be careful though, it can get a little sweet so add a little at a time.

  4. Thanks this is a really tasty payasam.
    But mine was more like a cream color rather than white,
    tasted great though. I added the caramom pwder along with the coconut.

    1. Hi Preeta,
      The color of the jaggery varies from crop-to-crop hence the color variation in your payasam. As long as it tasted great…enjoy it:-)

  5. hi

    very good recipe m gonna try this Asap.

    can u plz show us how to make ATHELA MARCHA?

    nowadays there r loads of pickle chilies in grocery stores, so my huby alz ask me to make but i dont know the perfect recipe for that, hetal tamne to khabar j hase ke full gujju thali ma athela marcha to hova j joiye rite?

    thanks in advance

  6. Dear Hetal/Anuja,

    Nice recipe!!!
    I would like to suggest a thing…adding roasted poppy seeds(corsly ground) will enhance the taste.

    Thank you.

  7. Hi hetal and anuja didi,

    Can we find this Cracked wheat in American grocery store? I have heard about daliya when i was in India. I guess they give it young kids.


  8. thank you so much hetal and anuja. I have been looking for this for a long time and dint find a proper recipe. I am going to try this soon.

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