Macaroni Payasam



ThePin level of competition in the existing world is immense. Right from birth, man is pushed to excel in everything that he does. We expect our infants and toddlers to turn over, crawl, run, walk and talk faster than the other kids of their age. We expect our children to be smarter, knowing much more than what is required for their age. We push and push them to their extreme limits whether it is in academics, sports or extra curricular. Once you are out of school, the same “pushing” is continued in college and post grad schools, and finally into your job. Somehow when I see this, I feel sad. My D has never forced us to excel in anything. He would always say, “Do what you can do, but try your best.” That’s it… Umma would get a bit irritated with his attitude, but I guess that is what helped us be the person we are today. As soon as I saw this quote, I remembered my D. Maybe he recognized the importance of treating each of us like a flower and allowing us to bloom without competing with anybody else. We were basically just ourselves. We also tend to follow the same principal as far as Rasha and Azza are concerned. I don’t want them to get into any pressure situation that I have never experienced in my academic or social situation. I just allow them to do things upto their capacity… I guess that’s the way it should be, right? πŸ™‚


A very unusual payasam… we always use vermicelli, but macaroni? I know it does sound odd… I made it the first time in order to finish off some cooked pasta that was lying in my pantry and just loved it. After that, this has been something I make on and off, when my mind runs out of ideas of making a dessert on weekend lunches. Quite easy if the macaroni is already cooked, can be done in a jiffy – either cooking wise or devouring wise! πŸ˜‰


Macaroni Payasam

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup macaroni
  • 2 cups milk
  • A pinch salt
  • A pinch cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups thin coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • Cashews and raisins for garnish


  • Cook the macaroni till 90% done. Drain, wash in cold water and set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, add the milk, salt, cardamom powder and sugar and bring to boil.
  • Keep boiling till the milk gets reduced to 3/4.
  • Add in the cooked macaroni and stir. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Finally add the coconut milk and rose water and cook for a couple of minutes. Switch off.
  • Heat ghee and fry the cashews and raisins. Put into the payasam and keep on closed lid for 5 minutes. Serve warm...

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  1. Yummy payasam Rafee. Kids Favourite payasam. Hope u have prepared this for Vishu. Just now had a cup of vermicelli payasam and feels like having another cup of Macaroni payasam. He He..

    1. Thank you so much Eliza… definitely not prepared for Vishu, this was made a couple of months back… hehe..

  2. Interesting payasam for kids….One day I will become a kid to have this payash

    1. Not necessarily kids dear, we adults also enjoyed it… thanks a lot, Shobana…

  3. perfect fusion πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Amrita… πŸ™‚

  4. Yummy payasam dear.. Feel like grabbing the glass now..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  5. Hey here paruppu this yaar,i want to try this soon

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  6. interesting payasam..

    1. Thank you so much Kalpana…

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  7. Very unique payasam indeed,looks tempting

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  8. True Rafee…the competition should with ourselves defeating the bad bits in us

    1. Thank you so much Sireesha…

  9. I share the same opinion to sis, i never give pressure to my kids and let them do watever they feel like doing. Seriously that glass of paysam is just asking me have a glass.

    1. Thank you so much Priyaakka…. we need to a bit slow on our kids so that they catch up with the pace…

  10. Nice innovative recipe rafee .Def kids should not have any pushing behind, especially in their studies .

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  11. tasty payasam.., easy way to attract the kids

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  12. Never tried milk and coconut milk…sounds interesting..bookmarked..

    1. Thank you so much Anu…

  13. That is so creative of you! I have to give this one a try for myself. πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much Tanuja… if u do try it, please do let me know… πŸ™‚

  14. yes Rafee, I somehow feel that certain features in us match a lot, recently over a video chat with my amma, i told I just want my daughter to be happy n live a life she wants and reach what she aims for, so that she lives a self sustained life.. I would be a happy soul. Coming to your macaroni payasam.. it is not unusual, quite common in my native. People do this even for functions! I have seen πŸ™‚ looks good ..It has to be yummy

    1. I've heard that there are places having macaroni payasam, but definitely not our side… it is always better to think good for our kids and allow them to be the characters that they are… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  15. Payasam with macaroni looks very delicious dear.

    1. Thank you so much Viki…

  16. Wow, such a lovely dessert!! I think the click is good too (if not for the tilt ) πŸ˜‰
    You are so right about the competition, I did a blog post on that in my other blog..

    1. Hehe… that tilt was intentional… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Pankthi…

  17. payasam with macroni… really interesting…

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  18. you know what my mom used to cook it; this tastes heavenly yummy i do remember lovely πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

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