Kaithachakka Chawwari Payasam ~ Pineapple Sago Kheer

Eid is almost around the corner, Alhamdulillah… We are still in the blessed last ten nights of this month, so we haveto keep our spiritual feeling high, hoping that Laylathul Qadr would or would have dawned upon us, InShaAllah. It is sad that many of us spend our time in the markets for finishing off our Eid shopping and in return, what we lose is immense as far as blessings are concerned. I always make it a point to finish off my Eid shopping prior to Ramadan, so that I don’t have any worries about it over the month.


Last year, I did participate in the first version of Eid Eats with this quick fix Semiya Payasam recipe, so when I saw Asiya’s post declaring this year’s version, I was ready to participate. Just like last time, again I bring in a payasam, or kheer! Hehe… I have been wanting to make payasam with pineapple since long and once when I found a nice big juicy pineapple for a good price, I bought it and immediately dumped into the fridge, and patiently waited for a chance to make it, as though I am a sweet tooth and totally love anything sweet, HD and the kids are weary when it comes to payasams and the B’s interest totally depends on his mood. On a weekend, HD’s friends suddenly dropped in and all I was given was one hour’s time and a demand to make anything sweet. All of a sudden, the pineapple popped into my mind. A little Google search here and there and I made this really awesome payasam. I am not praising it myself, but the gang that came in really loved the sweet and tangy mix and the HD gave an approving smile. B drank it half through but somehow his taste buds found that it had dry ginger powder so he kind of sudden breaked! The kids also had their little share, though they wouldn’t have payasam like they would eat chocolate cake… One payasam I would recommend you to try over this Eid, will not regret it, I am sure… πŸ™‚



Linking this post to the “Eid Eats 2015” hosted by Flour & Spice, My Ninja Naan and Chocolate and Chillies



Kaithachakka Chawwari Payasam ~ Pineapple Sago Kheer

Course Dessert
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 cup sago pearls
  • 2 x 400 ml can coconut milk
  • 600 ml water
  • 1 small pineapple chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 can condensed milk 397 gm
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder optional
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 15-20 cashew nuts split
  • 3 tbsp raisins


  • Soak sago in some water for 15 minutes.
  • Combine a can of coconut milk with the water in a saucepan. Cook on low flame till it starts to heat.
  • Drain the sago and add in. Continue to cook on low flame, stirring occasionally till the mixture starts thickening and the sago gets cooked, becoming transparent.
  • While the sago is getting cooked, heat ghee in a saucepan. Add the pineapple pieces and sugar and cook on medium-low flame, stirring till the pineapple becomes soft. Keep smashing the large bits in between.
  • When the sago is cooked, add in the soft pineapple and the condensed milk and give a stir. Mix well and cook for five minutes.
  • When the payasam looks done, add the remaining can of coconut milk along with the cardamom and dry ginger powders and cook for two minutes, without allowing it to boil. Switch off.
  • In a little kadai, heat ghee, fry the cashew nuts. Puff up the raisins and then pour the mixture into the payasam and leave it undisturbed with close lid for five minutes.
  • Serve warm. It tastes equally good when cold as well!


The payasam/ kheer tends to thicken as it sits, Heat water in microwave and pour into the payasam, stirring till it comes back to the correct consistency. Do not boil directly otherwise the coconut milk will break!

Join the Conversation

  1. Very delicious and creamy payasam..with flavors of my favourite fruit

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri…

  2. Sounds delicious

    1. Thanks a lot Febina…

    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

  3. this is not like the regular kheer…it sounds interesting and an unusual combination of pineapple, sago, coconut milk…liked it

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  4. Delicious kheer with all the coconut milk. You guys must be so exciting waiting for eid,right ?

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  5. looks super yumm ..love that coconut milk is used …

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  6. interesting tasty kheer

    1. Thanks a lot Veena…

  7. Gotta try this,looks yum

    1. Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  8. This look fresh and delicious!!

    1. Thanks a lot Gloria…

  9. This sounds wonderful and refreshing! I have been making sago kheer sweetened with dates for my baby daughter, but the idea of coconut milk and pineapple sounds so delicious! Will definitely give it a try. Eid Mubarak πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for coming by… Eid Mubarak to you too… πŸ™‚

  10. The cup is complimenting the payasam,looks yumm..I too have a similar one in drafts with sago,loved this with pineapple!!

    1. Thank you so much Julie…

  11. Kheer looks delicious! Thank you for participating in Eid Eats again! Eid Mubarak to you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much Asiya… Eid Mubarak to you too…

  12. Eid Mubarak Rafeeda! This is such an interesting twist on a traditional dish! There was a local Indian restaurant that we used to frequent that served pineapple semolina halwa, and my son loved it! This reminds me of that πŸ™‚
    Thank you for participating in Eid Eats again!

    1. Pineapple semolina halwa is also called sheera or kesari… that is a totally different dessert, which is as good! Thank you so much for coming by and Eid Mubarak to you too… πŸ™‚

  13. Very delicious and creamy payasam.. looks super yummy..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  14. it looks refreshing and yummy

    1. Thanks a lot Monu…

  15. lovely lovely flavors! thanks for sharing this with us and for being part of Eid Eats!!!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah…

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