Kheer is a popular Indian sweet made with milk, sugar and semolina/rice. Moon dal kheer (Pessarapappu Payasam) is variation made with moong dal instead of semolina/rice. Moong dal gives smooth and creamy texture to this yummy sweet treat.

Moong Dal Payasam

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 2 cups Moong dal
  • 1 cup Full Cream Milk
  • 1 1/2 or 2 cups Grated Jaggery
  • 2 Cardamom or Elachi
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • Dry fruits as desired


Jaggery Syrup

  • Take a pot, add jaggery and little water and stir on low flame till jaggery melts. Filter the jaggery syrup and let it cool.

Moong dal Payasam

  • Wash the moong dal and make it dry. Roast the moong dal till you get the nice aroma.
  • Take a pressure cooker, add moong dal and add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. 
  • Add milk to the moong dal to the consistency and cook on a low flame.
  • Add elachi or cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Add jaggery syrup to the moong dal and mix well. If we add hot jaggery syrup, most of the times milk will curdle. So cool the jaggery syrup before adding.
  • Add ghee to the frying pan, upon heated fry the dry fruits.
    Dry Fruits
  • Add the dry fruits to the moong dal payasam.
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