Definition of payasam in English:

payasam

(also paayasam)

noun

South Asian
  • An Indian dessert consisting of rice or (in later use) vermicelli, boiled in milk or coconut milk, flavoured with cardamom, and often containing groundnuts.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Pall Mall Gazette. From Tamil pāyasam and its etymon Sanskrit pāyasa, originally in sense ‘made of milk’ from payas milk.

Pronunciation

payasam

/ˈpɑːjəsʌm/