Paal Kozhukattai / பால் கொழுக்கட்டை

Written by: Shanthi Muthuvel
Paal kozhukattai is one of the traditional dishes in Tamil Nadu. My mom makes this as an evening munch and also it is a good remedy for cold  as it has ingredient as sukku (dry ginger powder) and pepper in this recipe. This is my all-time favorite sweet.

Ingredients: (Serving size 4)
Rice flour:
  • Idly rice-1 cup
  • Salt-1 tsp
  • Water- as needed
  • Sesame oil-1 tbsp
Jaggery syrup:
  • Jaggery- 1 cup (as per taste)
  • Coconut milk- ½ cup
  • Sukku(dry ginger powder)-1 pinch
  • Pepper powder – 1 pinch
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Water – 4 cups
Preparation method:
Making of balls:
 
 I made rice flour from the scratch. Even I tried with store bought rice flour but making our  own rice flour is really tasty and this is the authentic way of making kozhukkattai.
  1. Soak idly rice for 5-6 hr and using wet grinder/mixer grinder grind the rice to a very fine consistency (like dosa batter). Finally add salt to it.
  2. Take a big hard bottom pan keep in a medium heat always and add 1 tbsp of sesame oil to it. Then add the rice flour keep stirring never move from that place…Continue doing this until you get thick ball.
  3. Switch off the stove. Divide the batter into three portions and knead it into a smooth ball. Make it into a single ball.
  4. Make small balls out of this dough. Ball size should be like seetai urundai.


Paal kozhukattai:
  1. Take hard bottom pan add 4 cups of water and bring it to boil. Now drop the balls one by one except 2 balls (keep it aside for later use) and cook till it is ¾ done. Do not stir the balls until it is cooked.
  2. Add the jaggery powder along with sukku, pepper powder and cardamom. Let it cook for a while. Check for sweetness if it is less add more jaggery.
  3. Dissolve the uncooked balls in ¼ cup water and add this to the kozhukattai.
  4. Finally add the coconut milk to this mixture and cook for about 5 minutes or until it is done.
  5. Serve hot with 1tsp sesame oil on the top. Adding sesame oil helps relieving cold and it is optional.

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