Paal Kozhukattai

Hope you all had a great Ganesh Chaturthi today. We had a great Pooja at home with Sweet Kozhukkatai, Ammini Kozhukattai, Wheat Appam and kondakadalai Sundal. I had prepared Paal Kozhukkatai couple of weeks back, and thought of posting it before Ganesh Chaturthi, but I couldn’t. Today evening, while tasting Kozhukattai I decided this is my today’s post. Many version to prepare this yummy dish, and this is one


Paal Kozhukattai

Preparation Time : 10 min |  Cooking Time : 15 mins  | Serves : 3

Recipe Category : Dessert/Sweet and Snack



Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Salt – as needed

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Ghee/Butter – 1 tsp


Thin coconut milk – 1 cup

Thick coconut milk –  3/4 cup

Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp ( Optional)

Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp

Sugar/Jaggery – 1/2 cup (I have used Brown sugar) Adjust sugar according to your taste

Saffron – few strands ( optional)



For coconut Milk:

I used 2 cup of shredded frozen coconut. Add 1 cup  + 1/3 cup of water to the coconut and grind it. Filter the grinded coconut, and the resultant milk is the thick coconut milk. Add 1 cup of water once again to the coconut residue and grind once more. Filter it again, and the resultant milk is the thin coconut milk.


  • Add saffron to the thick coconut milk and keep it aside
  • In a sauce pan, add coconut oil and 1 cup of water and bring to boil. When it is boiling and you see bubbles, add the sieved flour (Have 1/4 cup of water boiled in separate pan/kettle)
  • For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water, else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately


  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency


  • Add ghee and combine well. Cover the dough with damp cloth as they tend to dry


  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres (Marble Size). Since rice flour is gluten free they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with coconut oil helps. Keep Aside


  • Add thin coconut milk to the pan and bring it boil (Add water if required). When it starts boiling add kozhukattai


  • After adding Kozhukattai first they all will sink to the bottom. Stir occasionally while cooking. They gradually raise. Once the kozhukattais are cooked, they float. Add sugar, coconut and cardamom powder and cook for 2- 3 minutes


  • Add the thick coconut milk and switch off the flame


My Notes:

  • Instead of using thin coconut milk, milk and water can also be used
  • Milk and coconut powder can also used instead of thin coconut milk
  • Can also steam Kozhukkatai and add them in thin coconut milk
  • The measurement for water and thin coconut milk can be adjusted to our choice, it should be just enough for the balls to immerse
  • Make sure thin coconut milk is bit watery to avoid curdling
  • Milk can be added while preparing Kozhukattai dough
  • For the Paal (milk) to blend well with the balls, you can roll small Kozhukattais. After switching off give 15-20 minutes standing time for milk to blend well
  • Do not cook thick coconut milk for long time as there are chances for curdling
  • Instead of sugar, jaggery syrup can also be used
  • Instead of making balls, you can also dump the dough in a murukku achu and press it directly in thin coconut milk
  • Traditionally raw rice is washed well and drained, spread in a towel till the moisture drains completely, and ground into a fine powder. Since it will take time, I have used store-bought Rice Flour
  • Idiyappam flour can also be used to prepare Kozhukattai
  • Can combine Rice flour and water to dosa batter consistency and add coconut oil and cook till you get a dough to the consistency similar to the one shown in above picture
  • Can use store bought coconut milk. Add  water  for thin coconut milk

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55 thoughts on “Paal Kozhukattai

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  3. aspaapps September 9, 2014 at 2:39 AM Reply

    Very yummy and delicious recipe

  4. Shobha September 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM Reply

    A new & perfectly made dessert………………looks so cute.

  5. Rani Vijoo (@ranivijoo) September 2, 2014 at 7:18 PM Reply

    Perfect and yummy kozhukattai…looks delicious Vidya ..

  6. Priyanka September 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM Reply

    Instead of ghee, can I add more coconut oil?

  7. Priya September 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM Reply

    Wat a delicious,droolworthy and mouthwatering paal kozhukatais., seriously hard to resist.

  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime September 1, 2014 at 4:37 AM Reply

    Another amazing and new dish for me!

  9. Patty Nguyen September 1, 2014 at 1:16 AM Reply

    These little balls look so yummy!

  10. Priya Shiva September 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM Reply

    these look so tempting! perfect!

  11. HostessAtHeart August 31, 2014 at 7:04 PM Reply

    Beautiful! These don’t look super sweet just naturally so?

  12. radhikasethi August 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM Reply

    Wow! They look so good Vidya! Absolutely perfect. 🙂

  13. MamaD1xx4xy August 31, 2014 at 1:52 PM Reply

    Never heard if this. Sounds really good.

  14. sherien August 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM Reply

    A similar kinda kozhukkatai is made at my home too ….with some variations its been long since I had it….now tomorrow’s breakfast is decided…😊😊😊😊

  15. Treat and Trick August 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM Reply

    Perfect and yummy!

  16. ddeeppaa August 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM Reply

    My favourite Vidya 🙂

  17. Amanda August 30, 2014 at 6:38 PM Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love coconut milk. Wonderful!

  18. apuginthekitchen August 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM Reply

    Lovely, they sound wonderful. I have to try these one day.

  19. spiceinthecity August 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM Reply

    Such perfect shape Vidya! Looks delicious 🙂

  20. apsara August 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM Reply

    Love your notes, Vidya. You’re meticulous! The kozhukattais look cute. 🙂

  21. Suchitra August 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM Reply

    This looks like a dairy-free version of Rasgullas Vidya!

  22. sindhoooo August 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM Reply

    Drooling Vidya! A traditional payasam of Dakshina Kannada, Halittu (Halu=milk & hittu=rice flour) Payasa is also made in the same way… But, usually they don’t add Kesar to it… Happy ganesh Chaturti (belated) to you and your family… TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  23. Arl's World August 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM Reply

    I have never had this before but the recipe sounds very good. Would love to try them 🙂

  24. Chitra Jagadish August 30, 2014 at 7:46 AM Reply

    I just love those cute pearls soaked in flavoured and sweet syrup, my favourite sweet since my child hood. …your making me drooooool. …

  25. Sugar and Cinnamon August 30, 2014 at 3:33 AM Reply

    This looks really tasty!

  26. Bikramjit August 30, 2014 at 3:29 AM Reply

    I think I need to set up a courier company .. as you keep putting such delicious food..

  27. marudhuskitchen August 30, 2014 at 1:10 AM Reply

    perfect rounds and yumm

  28. Malar August 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM Reply

    Perfect shape Vidya, I couldn’t get it 😛 Should learn from you dear!!!

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