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Happy New Year! Pathir Payni is an over the top kind of dessert that is served at weddings along with almond milk/ kheer. It takes great...

Pathir Payni with Almond Milk/Badham Pal

Happy New Year!
Pathir Payni is an over the top kind of dessert that is served at weddings along with almond milk/ kheer. It takes great skill to make something that is as big as a roti /chapathi, when fried puffs like a puri, but is flaky like a puffed pastry and the flakes resemble the shredded phylo dough. This sweet when prepared perfectly is such a treat to enjoy after it has been soaked in hot or cold almond milk. This dish is such a specialty that it is not very easy for the home cook to make it like the chefs at the wedding. Not that it is impossible, but to get it like the pro all the tools and tricks are necessary. Though most Indian sweets are available in the stores here, payni is hard to find. So for all of you who like it as much as I do here is the easy version of the recipe for you to enjoy any time.

The idea for this recipe came to me when I tasted the baklava made with shredded phylo dough. Its texture and taste reminded me of payni. On deciding to make the payni I got a box of the shredded phylo dough from our local Mediterranean store.  I baked the phylo dough instead of deep frying because I felt it would be easier to work with the shredded dough. The result is a healthy version of the payni though not a 100% of the original version, but still is the closest relative of it. It was a breeze to make this payni and was a delicious dessert to have on any occasion.


Cookie Sheets
Parchment paper
Cutting Board
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Heavy Bottom Pan or Milk Cooker

Ingredients: ( Makes 8 Payni's)

Shredded Phylo Dough (Kataifi) - 1 packet
Oil -3 tbsp
Ghee/ Melted Butter - 3 tbsp

For Almond Milk: ( 3/4 cup per payni = 5 cups)

Cashew Nuts - 1/2 cup
Almonds - 1/2 cup ( skin removed)
Sugar - 12 tsp of sugar ( increase if you have a sweet tooth)
Milk - 5 cups
Saffron - a pinch
Cardamon - 2 pods
Pistachios - a few for garnish

Preparation of Payni:

1. Buy a packet if Kataifi ( available in Mediterranean Stores) and allow it to defrost as per the instructions. I left it on the kitchen counter for 2 hours and it was ready to be used. 

2. Set the oven to 375 degrees F.Place the shredded phylo dough on a parchment paper cut to the size of the cookie sheet and uncoil the phylo dough and spread them out. Take some ghee and oil in your hands and spread it on the dough almost as if you are massaging your hair and coat the ghee and oil well without breaking the strands.

3. Once you feel that you have spread the grease well, take a rope of the shredded  dough and start shaping into a circle or coil so that it has 1 inch thickness and is about 6-7 inches wide. This is very important because if you make it very thin they tend to roast faster and turn too brown. So please pay attention to this step.

4. Place it on the cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes on one side. Flip and bake it for 10 minutes on the other side. Turn off the oven and allow the payni to sit keeping an eye to flip after 5 minutes. You might see white areas here and there but that is fine,they will be toasted.

 5. Place this payni on the plate and add hot almond milk over it and     serve it hot. 

Preparation Of Almond Milk:

1. Soak the cashew nut and almond in warm water for 10 minutes.Grind together the soaked nuts and cardamon into a grainy paste.

2. Transfer this nut paste into a heavy bottom pan and cook it on medium low heat while stirring it well continuously.

3. Boil the milk using a heavy bottom vessel or milk cooker and add this mixture to it. Turn the heat to medium low and allow the milk to cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add sugar, saffron and allow the milk to simmer for 5 minutes.The milk should not be very thick like a kheer. 

5.It must be more of a milky consistency. Please test for the sweetness and pour 3/4 th cup over each payni, garnish with a few pistachio's and serve it hot or cold.( Allow the payni to soak up the milk and then taste)


  1. wow!!!!! did't think so easy .My mom loves this.

  2. Iniya puthaandu nal vaazhthukkal. This is just fantastic. Can't wait to taste this padhir peni. Thank you for the easy recipe.

  3. Add this to your event as well. Food find event.

  4. Wow, I have never seen shredded phyllo dough! I got to get this, sounds so interesting. baking it seems much more healthier than frying it. Just the way I like it. Thanks!

  5. Happy New Year/Vishu. Beginning new year on a sweet note! Is this similar to chirotti in karnataka?

  6. A very new dish...havent heard of it till now :) Looks like semiya payasam....lovely effort :)

  7. Woww such a delicious dish, never seen shredded phyllo sheet, will go for search,thanks for sharing..looks fantastic..

  8. Happy New Year Srimathi... perfect sweet for the day. Love peni and this looks yummy.
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  9. Very nice dish! Thanks.

  10. Yummyyyyy and delicious...

  11. Looks like a chirroti...mmm..delicious

  12. That's being creative. Very well done. Though it doesn't look like chirotis, the idea is same. Chirotis are a must in Karnataka weddings.

  13. Padir penni baked? Awesome, i never seen such a product! Happy New Year!

  14. Never hear about this sri.. looks Yummy !!. Happy New Yr Sri, Hope you had a great time.

  15. Pathir payni looks delicious..
    nice recipe..thanks for sharing.sure wil try this..

  16. looks absolutely delicious...i really loved the idea of using shredded phyllo...so creative and so brilliant ...

  17. I dont know if they are called chirotis, I will have to take it from you. thank you all for the nice comments.

  18. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. This sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing.

  19. never seen shredded phyllo. looks amazing. Yum!!

  20. thats a real quick recipe. loved exploring your page. being true to the name you have successfully created some quick mouthwatering meals. bookmarking some for later use.

  21. Neat pictorial! And recipe is very interesting!

  22. Thanks Srimathi. try the tikka and lemme know if it works!

  23. This is something I love, but my mom never made it. So, I never learnt how to make it either. I guess I can make it now. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I simply love this.I mix laddu with this and have it