Badam(Almond)-carrot-cashew Payasam: The perfect dessert!

This was the first dessert that my MIL taught me. It is so simple and refreshing that it has become a permanent dessert for parties in our house. Usually after a sumptuous main course in any party, ppl struggle to eat dessert but this payasam is so tasty and smells so good that no one can resist it. It is full of nutty goodness from the badam and cashew nuts and attractive orange color of carrot.Many of our friends even take a mug home.Also, most importantly no one can mess up this recipe and this was great for me especially when I was a scared novice cook!!:-))

Anyway with out much ado let’s go to the recipe


Serves 8


2/3 cup Badam

1/3 cup cashew nuts

4-5 carrots peeled

6 cups milk

1 tin of 5 fl. oz Nestle carnation condensed milk

1/4 cup sugar

5-6 cardamom pods powdered coarsely

4-5 saffron strands

Pressure cook the carrots in 1/2 cup milk until one whistle. Microwave the badam in one cup of water for about a minute and peel it. Once cooled, grind the carrot, badam and cashew nuts to a smooth paste. In a saucepan add all the milk and the paste and simmer for about 20minutes. Do not let the milk boil and keep stirring to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Once the mixture reduces to 2/3rd the original amount, add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add the condensed milk and switch off the stove. finally garnish with the ground cardamom and the saffron strands.


1.Adjust the amount of sugar according to taste

2. One can use only badam and carrots


  1. Roopa said

    looks great! it is indeed a refreshing dessert

  2. Seena said

    I like whatever dishes made with badam.will give this a try..looks tasty!

  3. Reena said

    i can just smell all the ingredients. it looks so tempting!

  4. Asha said

    Really perfect!! Almond-carrot-cashews , delicious!!

  5. Deepa said

    What a combinationa …wow!!!!so different one ..Thks for sharing

  6. Jeena said

    Hi there lovley recipe 🙂

  7. Dilip said

    wow…what a lovely dessert…gotta try it…love the combo…thanks for sharing…

  8. Mythreyee said

    Oh! this is one of my all time fav. payasam. Great Recipe, isn’t it? Thanks.

  9. mandira said

    it’s funny, I learnt carrot payasam from my MIL too when she was here last year 🙂 looks delicious

  10. kajal said

    Hi Nalini,
    Lots of variety in your blog…I miss it………but now I am not ready to miss…Your beet-root pulav is very delcious, love your kozhukkattai it is new for me, no words for your post A Fantasti Thanksgiving Feast! It is fabulous, I copy your venn pongal recipe and try it some time, Thanks for sharing so many things.

    Your Badam-carrot-cashew payasam is perfect for dessert …..

    Have a nice day.:)

  11. meena shyam said

    actually,2 yrs back this was fav recipe.but now due to long break,we 4got the recipe.andnow when we googled for it,finally ended up here.thank u it wil help us a lot.

  12. Nimmy said

    What a delicious payasam. For simple Indian recipes visit

  13. FNM said

    wow.. great recipe.. i love payasam.. I will try this today. Thanks a lot. If you want to try cocktails and mocktail drinks at home, check Drink Recipes at

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