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Sweet Mung Bean Dessert – Cherupayar Payasam


Sweet Mung Bean Dessert - Cherupayar Payasam

Sweet Mung Bean Dessert – Cherupayar Payasam


Another classic dessert from Coastal India where coconut milk is used a lot in sweet desserts.

The healthy Mung Beans are toasted before they are cooked  in  coconut milk. Enhanced with a hint of spice and sweetened by  raw cane sugar.  The dessert can be served hot in cold weather and is equally tasty chilled.

Sweet Mung Bean Dessert – Cherupayar Payasam



Mung Bean / Green Gram


  • 2 cups dried Mung Beans.
  • 1 cup jaggery or dark brown sugar.
  • 6 cups water.
  • 4 cups thin coconut milk.
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk.
  • ½ tsp ground dry ginger.
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder.
  • ½ – 1 tsp roasted and powdered cumin – to taste
  • For seasoning: 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter ,2 Tbsp slivered coconut bits OR 3 Tbsp Cashewnuts ,1 Tbsp golden raisins


  • Toast the Mung Beans in a non stick deep pan/pot, stirring coninuously on mediaum heat for 2 – 3 minutes till they are evenly toasted without getting darkened.
  • Add the jaggery, water and thin coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the ginger and simmer, partially covered on low heat till the beans are tender.  (15- 20 minutes).
  • Next add the thick coconut milk along with the powdered cardamom and cumin and simmer for another 5 minutes till the dessert is thick, smooth and creamy.
  • Optional – Heat the ghee, add toast the coconut bits/cashews till golden.  Add the raisins and as soon as they all puff up, add to the ‘Payasam’.
  • Serve hot or cold.

Sweet Mung Bean Dessert – Cherupayar Payasam

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If using slivered coconut, cut into small bite size pieces.
Roast the cumin in a dry pan till toasted evenly and then grind to a fine powder.
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