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Oct 18, 2009

Honeydew Melon Paayasam (Kheer)

Hope you all had a wonderful Deepavali!! As usual, my mind started tickling me to do something different from the routine cooking. Don’t be scared, I didn’t make any dangerous experiments on the festive cooking :) I added just a little something to the regular payasam to make it more pleasing and yummy. I wanted to sneak in healthy fruits in the payasam that kids like very much. And I was successful. Everyone liked it so much and said it was more delicious than regular payasam. YAY! My experiment didn’t fail. I think we can also add other fruits like apple, other melons, pears, bananas etc. to the payasam just to make it more delicious and healthy.


  • 1 cup grated Honeydew Melon (after the skin is removed)
  • 1 ½ cup Vermicelli (Semiya)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar
  • 2 tsp Clarified Butter (Neyyi, Ghee)
  • Some Cashews, Raisins, Cardamom and Saffron


Dry roast vermicelli until light brown and keep aside.

Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan and add grated melon. Sauté for some time until the water from melon starts to ooze out. Then add fried semiya and mix well. Pour a cup of water so that semiya can cook well and become soft.

Later add sugar and finally milk, mix well and leave the pan on medium flame until milk comes to a boil and payasam thickens a little bit.

In a different pan heat rest of the ghee and add cashews + raisins + cardamom seeds and fry well until cashes turn golden brown and raisins puff up. Pour this on top of the cooking payasam. Mix well.

Finally stir in saffron, mix well and turn off the flame. Let the payasam cool down for some time and enjoy.

This is my contribution to the following events:

Sweet Series, hosted by Sireesha.

Diwali Dhamaka, hosted by Purva.

FIL: Ghee, hosted by Sanghi.


Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Such a delicious twist to usual kheer, guess how this flavourful kheer would have tasted..yummyilicious!

Finla said... [Reply]

Wow i wpimd have never thought we could make kheer with melons. Looks yumm.

Rohini said... [Reply]

Thats a yummy variation to a otherwise normal payasam.. No wonder it was so delicious.. Thanks for sharing it!!

jayasree said... [Reply]

Thats a lovely idea to sneak in fruits into u regular payasam. I am sure it will enhance the flavor.

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

lovely payasam..nice picture

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

Payasam! So innovative! Nice idea of adding honeydew melon in it! Superb!

prasu said... [Reply]

yummy payasam uma..........nice idea to incorporate fruits into payasam............new look to ur blog is great dear.

Saritha said... [Reply]

Happy diwali uma to u and to ur family

sweet looks delicious and new to me

Shri said... [Reply]

That looks excellent,Uma!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Wow!!Looks yummy and innovative recipe uma!!i have bookmarked it will try...Thanks for sharing.

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Wow...that's an another innovative recipe from my dear Uma....looks yum..hope u had great festival time...

Tina said... [Reply]

Innovative and different recipe..Looks nice...

Sailaja Damodaran said... [Reply]

Innovative recipe....looks very thick,yummy

Unknown said... [Reply]

wow wow what a twist adding honeydew melon in semiya payasan is so creative looks yum yum yum

Cham said... [Reply]

That is a fruity payasam! Sure I would love to taste it! Hope u had a wonderful Diwali!

Anupama said... [Reply]

What a nice variation to use honey dew melon in a payasam!!!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Lovely and interesting recipe. Yumm.

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Wow.. thats a nice idea.. Must have tasted awesome..

Cynthia said... [Reply]

Looks creamy and delicious Uma. Happy Diwali!

Raje said... [Reply]

Creative way to use honey dew Uma! I must try it soon!

Ambika said... [Reply]

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Raks said... [Reply]

Sounds great,looks cool!

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Nice twist to the usual kheer dear.looks yummy

DK said... [Reply]

With honeydew?! Fab idea! Bookmarked to try!

Unknown said... [Reply]

sounds good..

Homecooked said... [Reply]

Looks refreshing and delicious!

Sailaja said... [Reply]


Looks yummy and awesome.


Meera said... [Reply]

Very innovative!!

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

woo this looks soo good uma..belated diwali wishes..

notyet100 said... [Reply]

wow this looks yum,..;-)lovely click too,..

ST said... [Reply]

Innovative kheer sounds yummylicious...

Urmi said... [Reply]

Lovely and mouth watering. Feel like having the payesam now.

sra said... [Reply]

How innovative, Uma! I'm tempted to try this!

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Nice idea....

vidhas said... [Reply]

Lovely idea !! looks yum!!

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