Ice Apple Pudding

Ice apple pudding (nungu payasam) is a delightful dessert nowadays featured in the menu of premier restaurants here to treat the people with impeccable taste. Lately it is also served in the wedding banquets particularly in South India. Ice apple pudding is a creamy dreamy dessert with enticing flavors of saffron, cardamom and ice apple (nungu or palm fruits) considered as a perfect finish to a sumptuous feast. You may click here for my other payasam recipes.

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Nungu Payasam

Nungu is a jelly like sweet fruit and has an astringent white skin, it also has little sweet juice inside. Generally elders in our family take palm fruits along with its skin but we give it to children after peeling its skin.

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Ice Apple (Palm fruit or Nungu)

Ice Apple Health Benefits

Nungu (Ice apple/ palm fruit) is a summer fruit that helps to prevent or treat prickly heat and controls acidity if taken with its skin. Whenever there is an episode of chicken pox in our family or neighborhood, my paternal grandmother used to insist us to drink tender coconut water after adding diced palm fruits into it to prevent or treat chicken pox.

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Palm fruits

Ice Apple Pudding recipe:

Time taken: 15 min
Yields: 300 ml

Ingredients:

  1. Cow’s milk (pasum paal) – 400 ml (boiled)
  2. Ice apple (palm fruits or nungu) – 2 Nos.
  3. Pistachios (pistha paruppu) – 1/8 cup (25-30 Nos)
  4. Cashew nuts (mundhiri paruppu) – 1/8 cup (25-30 Nos)
  5. Granulated sugar – 1/4 cup
  6. Cardamom (Yelam) – 1 No.
  7. Saffron (kunguma poo) – few strands
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Nungu payasam ingredients

Mise en place:

  • Soak saffron strands in a tbsp of hot milk.
  • Soak cashew & pistachios separately in hot water for 1 hour (or microwave for 2 min).
  • Peel pistachios skin when soaked.
  • Grind soaked cashews & pista into a fine paste after adding a tbsp of milk.
  • Chop palm fruits into small cubes.
  • Grind sugar & cardamom into a fine powder.

How to prepare ice apple pudding (nungu payasam):

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan with pista paste in low flame.
  • Pour milk slowly into the pan and stir well.
  • When the milk starts getting thickened, add soaked saffron & powdered sugar.
  • Turn off the heat while the mixture reaches required consistency.
  • Add chopped palm fruits while the pudding is warm.
  • Close the pan with its lid for few minutes allowing the pudding to get infused with the intense flavor of palm fruits.
  • Serve pudding chilled or at room temperature.
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Cooking Tips:

  • Nungu payasam is even more flavorful when we replace sugar with palm sugar.
  • It is preferred to add palm fruits when the pudding is warm.
  • We can replace milk with coconut milk or any other vegan milk, but in restaurants they use condensed milk.
  • You can replace ice apple with tender coconut meat and prepare elaneer payasam.

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  1. yummy n u r superb i am remembering my child hood days eating palm fruit njoying thanq meghala i really wondered preparing a dish with palm fruit so good

  2. yummy n u r superb i am remembering my child hood days eating palm fruit njoying thanq meghala i really wondered preparing a dish with palm fruit so good

  3. This looks so yummy! I haven’t ever eaten palm fruit before, this will definitely be something new and different for me πŸ™‚

  4. Megala,
    What a unique dish! thanks for sharing. The ice apple are called taadgoley in Mumbai. What a treat they are! I have never had payasam made from it. Yummy!

  5. That’s called ice apple?!
    We call it atap in Malaysia πŸ™‚
    There’s another variety much bigger than atap, we call that sea coconut.

  6. That’s called ice apple?!
    We call it atap in Malaysia πŸ™‚
    There’s another variety much bigger than atap, we call that sea coconut.

  7. Awesome recipe Megala…I love this fruit but never knew that we can also make payasam of this..Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe..

  8. Awesome recipe Megala…I love this fruit but never knew that we can also make payasam of this..Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe..

    1. No worries, you can just try with some fruit flavored jelly instead of palm fruit! It will also be delicious !

  9. I have had payasam before and it was too delish! Haven’t heard of this fruit before.. Is it found throughout india…maybe by any other name? Lovely summery sweet treat! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I think it is available all over India, it is tadgola in Marathi and tari in Hindi. Thanks so much!

    1. Yes, it is really a beautiful fruit! You may find them wherever palm trees are grown! Btw, thanks for stopping by!

  10. Looks delicious Megala!!!I would definitely love to try this recipe if I can get Nungu.

  11. Looks delicious Megala!!!I would definitely love to try this recipe if I can get Nungu.

  12. OMG, Nungu its been so long since I had because every time we go to Sri Lanka, it is off season. You are making my mouth watering. Great recipe

  13. OMG, Nungu its been so long since I had because every time we go to Sri Lanka, it is off season. You are making my mouth watering. Great recipe

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