Saturday, April 30, 2011

Recipe: Chakka Pradhaman

Pradhamans are unique sweet dishes of Kerala. Pradhaman means numero uno. Pradhaman basically is payasam prepared with coconut milk, excepting pradhamans like Palada Pradhaman which is made with dairy milk. Varieties of pradhamans are made in Kerala, like Chakka Pradhaman, Ada Pradhaman, Godambu (Wheat germs - dhalia) Pradhaman, Rice and dal Pradhaman, etc. In the olden days, 4 pradhamans, 4 chips and 4 pickle varieties were served in grand wedding feasts. The concept of serving payasams in cups were not known then. Payasam was served with a big ladle (measuring up to 1 cup) on the banana leaf and 2 to 3 ladles were served at one time and it was repeated for a second and third time. There was a payasa pattu (payasam song) also while payasam was being served. Singing a song during payasam course gave the diners a chance to wait for the payasam to settle down so that they could have another go at it. Chakka Pradhaman is a very important item in any grand feast.

Preparation of chakka pradhaman at home for a few people is very easy if one has chakka varatti (jack fruit jam) readily available. During weddings and other big functions, instant chakka varatti is made. This chakka varatti is not boiled to a very thick consistency as it is used instantly.

When one has chakka varatti at home chakka pradhaman can be prepared at any time. Depending on the sweetness of the jam, one can adjust the amount of jaggery used. My chakka varatti is very sweet and I did not add any jaggery at all.


Chakka varatti: 1 cup
Jaggery: depends on the sweetness of chakka varatti
Coconut milk: extracted from one small coconut
coconut pieces cut into very small bits: 1 tbsp.
dry ginger powder: 1 tsp.
jeera: 1tsp.
ghee: 1tbsp.


Keep a piece of coconut aside for cutting into small bits (this is for garnish). Extract coconut milk from the coconut as explained here. Heat the third milk in a wide mouthed heavy bottomed pan  and melt the jaggery in it. Strain the solution to remove fine sand particles and reheat the same. Add the chakka varatti and keep stirring to dissolve the chakka varatti. The chakka varatti will melt in the coconut milk. Boil until the mixture thickens. Add the second milk and boil again stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens. Finally add the first milk and turn off the stove. Keep stirring until the milk is incorporated. Add the dry ginger powder(chukku podi)

Heat the gheee in a pan and fry the coconut pieces to a golden brown color. Add the jeera.When the jeera crackles pour the ghee with coconut pieces and jeera into the Pradhaman.



Swathi said...

Chakka pradhaman very good ammupatti. I made one time.

Narayan Swamy said...

Yummy... though I am not very fond of Chakka Pradhaman. I prefer Godhumba Pradhaman or Paaladda Pradhaman.

My mother used to make these very well and quite often. Miss her.

kaveri said...

Delicious Pradhaman....But we can make it only once or twice in a year as the stock of Chakka Varati is only that much...

Ammupatti said...

Hi Swathi, Narayan and Kaveri

Thanks for your comments.

It is true that we cannot make chakka pradhaman without chakka varatti. It is a good idea to make chakka varatti during the season and store so that we can use year round.
Best wishes

Shobha said...


Chitra said...

i can remember the smell of jackfruit in this payasam ...urs looks so rich and yummmm ........

drop by my blog when you get time..
thanks in advance:)

Narayan Swamy said...

Ammupatti, I must say, we had a mountain of jackfruits being sold at our street corner in Mumbai. These are fruits from Konkan which are harvested as soon as it rains, and were solkd for a song... Rs 30, 40 and 50 a piece - depending on size. My wife bought one and that evening I spent cutting it and extracting the juicy fruits. Quite good, I must say. So now we have enough to make some Elai Adai, as well as the seed sto go into a Mezhakkavaratti- Vazhakkai, Chenai and Chakka Kottai... Yumm.... You are invited.

Ammupatti said...

Hi Narayan Swamy

Thanks for remembering me. Hope you enjoyed your chakka kottai upperi.We could not get any jackfruit this time. However, my son from California could get one and he even prepared a jackfruit upside down cake. I shall post the recipe some time.

Best wishes

துளசி கோபால் said...

Thanks for the recipe.

Happy Vishu!

With regards,

Tulsi Gopal (NZ)