Payasam (பாயாசம்) in Tamizh is nothing but kheer which is an important sweet dish during traditional lunches.In Tamil Brahmin custom whenever the lunch is served in Banana Leaf, payasam should always be served in the bottom right corner of the leaf. Also it is the first dish that is served in banana leaf. The reason behind this is to start a meal prepped during auspicious occasions on a sweeter note ☺️
It can be prepared from any of the following ingredients such as Rice, Wheat, Semolina, Vermicelli, Lentils (mainly moongdal,channadal,toordal) etc. The ingredients used are mostly available in our kitchen pantry all the time. Either jaggery or white sugar is used for sweetening the dish. The below version uses Jaggery. Also without even using condensed milk you can achieve a creamier texture. Make sure you use whole milk instead of semi skimmed milk.
In case if there are any guests coming down for an unexpected visit you can prepare this within 20 mintues. You can even store it in fridge for sometime and serve it as a chilled dessert too.