Be My Guest – Chakka Payasam “Onam Special”

Wait a minute!!! Please don’t gasp at your monitor sides and wipe your eyes! I know it’s not Saturday nor did two weeks pass so quickly! Sometimes, you have to tweak your schedules a bit in order to accommodate some special posts. Today, Kerala celebrates Onam, which is the harvest festival. An occasion carried out with aplomb throughout the state. I am no person to really speak about it, because of me, Onam is all about sadya – a lunch served on a banana leaf with loads and loads of vegetables to eat. In fact, it’s only during the time of sadya that I would eat rice without fish! Hehe… Since there are many more Malayalees who are more familiar with the celebrations and traditions, I would relieve myself from that duty and limit myself to wishing all the Keralites a very Happy Onam. 🙂


I know very much away from my schedule, I bring in another guest post and that too in the space of two days. Actually, this post happened all of a sudden. My schoolmate, Sujitha, whom we all call Suji lovingly, has a blog of her own. Sincerely speaking, I took encouragement for cooking from her. Her tried and tested pictures of FB really pushed me to try out recipes on my own, and that’s when I started enjoying cooking. So you can say that my inherent interest was aroused because of her! She started the blog much before me, but because of certain consequences, she had to stall it and now she’s again back to blogging with a bang. I’ve always seen that she cooks up a mini sadya every year at her residence in Bangalore. I just popped up the question if she is OK to do a post for me as Onam special and she did take it up on short notice, despite having a baby to take care of. Thank you so much Suji, for this… I know I have eaten your head but then… what are friends for? 😉 So instead of me posting an Onam recipe, I give my friend the honors of doing it. Do go through, visit her blog and shower your love for her, just like all of you have done for me… 🙂


Hello everyone. I’m Sujitha Sasikumar, an amateur blogger and a mother of two wonderful kids. Cooking was really never a passion of mine as I felt it required a lot of time and effort. But post marriage I realized that cooking is really an essential part in maintaining a happy married life (and husband). So I started to get myself involved in it and now
here I am with a little blog of my cooking experiments – Suji’s Cooking Lab. I’ve seen and been inspired by many food blogs and I’ve always wondered how they managed to create many wonderful dishes that required lots of hard work and time and energy. But as I am very lazy I usually end up doing easy dishes. So my blog consists of simple, easy to cook dishes and as mentioned in my blog its simply “easy cook for the lazy cooks”.
I’m very happy to present my first guest post for a very dear friend of mine, Rafeeda for her blog “The Big Sweet Tooth” and it makes me even more happier that I get to post on such a wonderful occasion like Onam. So here’s wishing all the readers and their families a very Happy Onam and presenting to you a very tasty sweet dish – Jackfruit Kheer / Chakka Paayasam. ENJOY !!!!
My mom makes one of the best Jackfruit kheers. She’s a huge fan of the fruit and so when it is in season she always make sure to prepare jam (Chakka Varatti) out of it by steaming the jackfruit pieces along with jaggery and ghee. This jam, if preserved carefully in the fridge can last for a year and won’t lose its taste. She prepares different tasty kheers with this jackfruit jam and I would like to share with you one of those.
Jackfruit Kheer/ Chakka Payasam
Recipe  courtesy  –  my  loving  mom
1.      Brown rice (unakkalari) –  1/2 cup ½
2.      Melted jaggery (sharkkara) – 1 cup
3.      Jackfruit jam (chakka varattiyathu) – 1 cup
4.      Coconut milk – 1 cup
5.      Ghee – 1 tbsp
6.      Cardamom powder –  1/2 tsp
7.      Dry ginger powder (chukku podi) –  1/2 tsp
8.      Jeera powder –  1/2 tsp
9.      Cashew nuts / Badam – for decoration
Cook the rice in a pressure cooker with 1 cup water for 2 – 3 whistles in medium flame and keep aside. Heat a heavy bottomed pan (or uruli) and add ghee, jackfruit jam and the melted jaggery. Mix well and stir till it becomes a thin sauce. Add the cooked rice and stir again. If the kheer thickens add little water (boiled) and make it thin again. Simmer the heat and add the coconut milk. Keep on stirring so that the kheer would not curdle. Finally add the cardamom, dry ginger and jeera powders. When it starts boiling, switch off flame. Garnish with cashew nuts / badam.


Thank you so much Suji for giving this lip-smacking payasam, at such a short notice. I really feel like I’ve already savored a little of that payasam now. Hope all of you have enjoyed this post and wish you all your little festivities… 🙂

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  1. yummy payasam,happy onam to u

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  2. lovely guest post rafeeda and wish u, sujitha and all the readers of ur blog a very happy onam!!!

    1. thank u so much razina…

  3. Well rafee now YOU'VE brought a smile to my face. And a BIG Smile it is. 🙂 THANK YOU. …

    1. thank u so much suji… 🙂 it's my pleasure!!!

  4. wow… wanted to have this since my last pregnancy…bt never gt a chance to taste it
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    1. thank u so much hasna…

  5. Happy Onam. delicious guest post. Now , I am getting real interested in trying this sadhya.

    1. it is a tedious task humi… don't blame all of us once u set to try all this… 😀

  6. Drool worthy guest post. Happy to know about Sujitha. Happy onam dear..

    today's post:

    1. thank u so much sanoli…

  7. Lovely post ! Drooling over the payasam 🙁

    1. thank u so much shree… 🙂

  8. Happy onam Rafee and lovely meeting Sujitha

    1. thank u so much rekha…

  9. yummy payasam..n Happy Onam to you too . U said it so right..think onam..think sadhya..think thengapeerakalam (pookalathindae gulf edition 😛 )

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    1. thank u so much sona… 🙂

  10. Delicious payasam, happy onam to you too… wonderful guestpost…

    1. Thank u so much priya…

  11. Happy onam to you and family. chakka payasam kudichathu pole aayi.

    1. Thank u so much sebeena…

  12. Happy Onam to u and your family……Drooling in chakka payasam….Lovely guest post dear ………. 🙂

    1. Thank u so much remya… 🙂

  13. Happy Onam to you and Suji. I don;t know anything about Onam I must admit, but thanks to this post I knew now its Harvest festival ( kept thinking its a religious one!) 🙂

    1. Yes, Onam is related 2 some Hindu mythology as well!!! 🙂

  14. delicious payasam.. Love jackfruit in any form! Lovely post rafee

    1. Thank u so much sangeetha…

  15. This is in my try list.. Must try atleast for next sadya 🙂

    1. Thank u so much chitra…

    1. Thank u so much shama…

  16. Happy Onam to you and Sujitha. Yummy chakka payasam.

    1. Thank u so much nandoo…

  17. Happy onam to u both…rafee saw ur onam sadhya lunch in FB , hope u had fulfilling meal…athu kanditu eniku kothiyayi poyi….enthu nalla office 🙂

    1. thank u so much vinee… 🙂 we actually keep having our little parties within our little department of 5, it's fun you see, relieves a lot of stress off work… 🙂

  18. You are tempting with your pradhaman, happy to follow you.

    1. thank u so much savitha…

  19. new 2 me.but payasams r always delicious.

    1. thank u so much usha…

  20. A very apt guest post for the time.I am but drooling here.Hearing the name of chakka itself makes one nostalgic.then what more to ask for Rafee ? Kudos to Sujith and you !

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi… 🙂

    1. that's fine dear… 🙂

  21. Rafee…saw ur facebook sadhya ooo ivide vanapoo chakka pradhaman ..ini endu venam:)
    U get lunch delivered with ella that is awesome.
    Hey Sujitha drooling here 🙁

    1. yes meena… evide when u ask how many koottus for onasadya and they say 28 or 30 or 31, one item is the ela! 🙂 thank u so much dear…

  22. Awesome guest post for Onam Rafee.. And that too a payasam.. I love payasams.. This recipe looks tempting.. Loved the addition of dry ginger to it Sujitha

    1. thank u so much nilu…

  23. Very happy to see many positive comments abt my post. Thanks for ur wishes. Do visit my blog n if you like what you see then plz be a part of it too. Would definitely give me the encouragement I need. Once again special thnx to rafee. 🙂

    1. thank u so much suji for coming by and acknowledging… InShaAllah… things will start looking up… 🙂

  24. Ahh, one of my fav payasam.. Looks lovely !

    1. thank u so much chitra….

  25. Lovely guest post ! love the payasam…..Hope you had a wonderful Onam !

    1. thank u so much reni…

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