Sorakaya Payasam(Bottle Gourd Sheerannam)

Sheerannam is a very traditional recipe in many parts of south India. This is a creamy and rich dessert.
The mace flavor make this as a unique dessert.
This is basically a sweet milk pongal.
Milk pongal is a savory type of pongal which is also a very traditional type of pongal Jaggery/Sugar candy and flavorings are added to milk pongal to make sheerannam.
But in this sheerannam I can add Bottle gourd pieces,this is very tasty.
To any traditional Indian dessert,cardamon is used as a basic flavoring. . They taste really good in this sweet. The sugar candy brings in the depth of natural sweetness. Milk, sugar and saffron is the heavenly combination. This also gives a beautiful light lemon yellow color to the dessert.


Rice 1 Cup
Chopped and Boiled Bottle Gourd 1 to 1/2 cup
Milk 3 cups
Jaggery/Sugar 1 to 1 1/2 cup (or as your taste)
Salt 1 pinch.
Water 2 cups(as required)
Ghee 2 tbsp

Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
Raisins 2 tsp
Cashew nuts 1 tbsp
The aboue Two are optional.

  • In a heavy bottom pan add milk and water bring to /k boil it
  • Then add Soaked rice cook until rice is done.
  • Next add boiled bottle gourd pieces and jaggery / sugar candy and stir well till the sugar candy is completed melted. Now add the ghee and cardamom powder..
  • Heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins add it to the pongal. Remove from heat and decorate it with cashews while serving
  • Note:Instead of cardamom powder u can add nutmug powder, mace powder also each 1/8 tsp.


Sook January 11, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

I love trying different desserts from different parts of the world! This one looks so moist and delicious!

Simply Life January 12, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

wow, what a great presentation!

shahana January 28, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

Oh my God,This looks really tempting!!!

ARUNA March 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

That's a yummy click!

Aruna Manikandan March 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

First time here.....

Payasam sounds very interesting and delicious

Never tried this before..


Sarah Naveen March 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

sounds so delicious..yummy yumm!!

Fathima May 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

that is a different dessert.. looks yummy!

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra May 31, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

Dear Soujanya,
First time to ur yummy dis payasam myself...u hv a pretty long list of recipes here.
Will be back, following you.
Between a food blogger from down under.

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