Monday, March 14, 2011

Paal Kozhukattai- Rice dumplings in sweet sauce

This is my first post in this blog and I would like to start with a dish that I love the most.

I can eat paal kozhukattai at anytime of the day. I can eat it cold or I can eat it warm. Thats how much I love this dish. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this as an evening tiffin to eat when I come back from school. Or sometimes during weekend, she used to make it. Me and my grandma will make these rice balls and in the meantime my mom prepares the sauce. Once she is done preparing, I will be drooling sitiing down with an empty bowl waiting for my mom to fill it with this yummilicious dish :-).

Here comes the recipe for this dish.

For the dumplings:
1. Rice flour- 2 cups
2. Salt- a pinch
3. Luke warm water- approx 1 1/2 cups

For the sauce:
1. Water-4 cups
2. Thick coconut milk- 1 cup
3. Ginger powder- 2 pinches
4. Black pepper powder- 2 pinches
5. Jaggery- 1 cup
6. Cardamom powder- a pinch

1. Mix rice flour with salt and luke warm water and make a soft dough. It should be little bit softer than chappathi dough. I feel making the dough this way makes the kozhukattais soft. Keep the kozhukattais aside.

2. In a heavy bottomed pan, add water, coconut milk, ginger powder(chukku) and black pepper powder. Let this mix come to boil. Add the rice balls slowly little by little. All these balls will go to the bottom. Make sure you  dont  mix it with a laddle until the rice balls float on top. Not mixing the rice balls now will help the rice balls to stay firm in the sauce.

3. Mix it with a laddle gently and seperate the balls if they stick together. Now add jaggery. You can also add sugar. Since I just had a little bit of jaggery in my pantry, I substituted the remaining portion of the jaggery with sugar.

4. Once the rice balls are well cooked and the sauce becomes thick, add a pinch of cardamom powder and switch off the stove. Serve Warm!

Its as simple as this. The only thing that is time consuming in this recipe is rolling the rice balls. Other than that its such an easy recipe.

Enjoy and let me know how you like it !

1 comment:

  1. Akka, didn't know you have such a sincere love-affair with cooking !! Awesome recipes !! Paal kozhukattai is one of my husband's favorites, but I never get it right.I'll try your version.! Looking forward to more such recipes !! Wow, I'm very impressed !! :)


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