Hi my dear SNC group !!!Am so happy to complete the 4th challenge ...As you all know there is an event going on +Divya Pramil space You Too Can Cook .. The event is all about two teams north and south team ..A member from north team and a member south team respectively will challenge the opposite team members with a recipe from their respective zone and opposite teams have to post the same recipe on their Blog .. this takes place every month .. The idea of this event is that we learn so many different recipes from different zones .. Hats off to divya for this great idea .. click here to partcipate
An update on whats going on till now in SNC challenge:
Challenge 1- October month's challenge
North team Host shruti dhingra from " shruti's rasoi"- Bhel puri
South team Host divya from "Divya's culinary journey "- Mysore pak
Challenge 2- November month's challenge
North team host Pallavi from "cook -eat- burrp" - Gulab jamun
South team host Yashodha from "yashodha's kitchen" - Adhirasam
Challenge 3- December month's challenge
North team Host Meena from " Random rambling " - Misal pav
South team Host Sherin from " Kuk's kitchen" - Medu vada
Challenge 4- Janurary month's challenge
North team Host " me " (Manjula bharath) from "Desi fiesta" - Rajasthani mini ghevar topped with kesar rabdi
South team Host Ramya from " Lemon Kurry" - Vada curry
Challenge 5 - February month's challenge
North team's host Sanoli from Sanoli's recipes- Green pea kachori with dum aloo
South teams's host Tamil from Tamil's kitchen- paal kozhukattai click here
Now coming to this months challenge.... This months challenge for north team is hosted by tamil from tamil's kitchen.. This was yummy dessert challenge tamil really loved it. I was not able to do your version bcoz its very difficult for me to get fresh coconut near my place :( so while thinking of wat can be done asked my friend about it and they suggested me this recipe. Once i made them my hubby saw and told me did you make rasmalai i said no this is not rasmalai ha ha .As i made them with milk they resembled just like rasmalai :)
Paal kozhukattai are south indian dessert which is prepare for any occasion or festivals mainly for Ganesh chathurthi . This yummy dessert traditionally is prepared by making rice flour dumpling and cooking them in thin coconut milk and then adding thick coconut milk .I have heard abt this delicacy but never tried it ..Thank you tamil for challenging this yummu dessert .It was really yumm..we loved it :)
With any futher ado lets move to the ingredients and methods of making paal kozhukattai ..
For the Paal Kozhukattai dough:
Rice Flour - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1/2 tsp
Milk -1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Salt - a pinch
For the sauce :
Coconut Milk - 3/4 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Jaggery syrup - Powdered Jaggery -1/2 cup
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Saffron strands - few
Cardamom Powder - A pinch
I made some with dark brown jaggery .. even it turned out yummm..
- In a pan dissolve jaggery in immersing level water and heat it up till it bubbles. Then strain to remove impurities.Keep it aside. In a mixing bowl add water, milk,salt and add the rice flour and mix well to prevent lumps.
- The mixture should be smooth and creamy in consistency with out any lumps. Then transfer this mixture to a nonstick pan with ghee.Keep stirring until it forms a dough consistency. Now at this stage switch it off.
- When it cools down a bit but still warm , knead it to form a smooth dough. Note: Keep covered with a wet cloth until use to prevent it from drying.
- Form small balls or in cylindrical shapes. Some use the murukku press to make the cylindrical shape.
- Repeat this process to form all the balls. Keep it aside. Heat milk and water in a heavy bottomed pan , when is starts boiling add the balls and simmer it.
- Once the balls are added, first it will all sink to the bottom. Keep closed and cook until the balls turn soft ...once cooked it will gradually raise. Stir it very carefully not breaking the balls. Once the balls are cooked add the coconut milk,give a quick stir. Then add jaggery syrup and give a stir. Allow it to simmer 3-5 mins.
- Add grated coconut, cardamom powder bring it to a single boil and switch off.
- Let them stand for at least 30 mins so that the sauce blends well with the kozhukattais. As the kozhukattai eaten as such will taste bland and you have to have the kozhukattai with the milk which will taste delicious.garnish it with some saffron strands .. Serve warm / cold.
- While making the sauce - You can even add coconut milk along with milk and water. But always add it this way to avoid curdling.
- Do not cook for long time after coconut milk and jaggery are added, as there are chance for curdling.
- While making the dough, you can even first heat water and milk then add rice flour but here i added and dissolved it prior heating to avoid lumps.
- The kozhukattais will not get cooked fully in milk so add half and half water alteast .You can even pre-cook the kozhukattais in water or steam them in idli steamer and then add it to the milk sauce. But cooking milk makes is very soft and flavourful.
- You can even replace jaggery with sugar but the authentic way is making it with jaggery and also it is healthy to use jaggery in desserts.
Thinking of variation i made healthy and yummy version of paal kozhukattai with ragi flour.
Click here to see the recipe for Ragi paal kozhukattai