Rice Dumplings In Coconut Milk – Paal Kozhukattai

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Rice dumplings in coconut milk / Paal kozhukattai is a tasty Chettinadu  dessert item. This is a teething food fed to babies when they have sore gums. The dumplings have to be made very small and cooked very well so kids who are teething can chew on it. The rice dumplings are soft so they are also used as weaning food. It is simple to make and requires very few ingredients.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Traditionally rice is soaked for 4 hours, ground with salt and very little water. The quicker version is to add hot water (with 2 drops of ghee or cooking oil) to rice flour and mix it well.

I am going to show the easier version.

Ingredients required

1. Coconut milk – Since I will be cooking the balls in water, I wont be using thin coconut milk. Some cooks like to cook the rice balls in coconut milk. In that case, you will need a cup of thick coconut milk and a cup of thin coconut milk. I will using a cup of thick coconut milk.

2. Rice flour

3. Jaggery / Sugar

4. Pinch of salt

Method

Salt and flour are mixed well and then kneaded well with hot water.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Kids will enjoy rolling these rice dough balls. I remember rolling them vigorously when I was a little girl and ending up with oval balls. đŸ™‚

This is a wonderful fine motor activity and will strengthen the fingers.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

My daughter absolutely loved this activity. This is a nice opportunity to get children involved in cooking where they won’t have to handle hot or sharp things.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

After a while, her legs got tired. But she had no idea of giving up. The balls that rolled on the floor accidentally were given to her so she can cook them in her toy kitchen. No missy, you cannot drop them on purpose because teddy has a big tummy and might need more. đŸ™‚

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Now, if you have a perfectionist at home, you are on your own. So start making the dumplings yourself and don’t count on their help because your little perfectionist will be squishing and redoing the balls again and again. :mrgreen: . Perfectly shaped dumpling – Good job.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Fry cardamom in a spoon of ghee and then add water (/ thin coconut milk). When the water is hot, add jaggery or sugar.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Bring it to a rolling boil.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Add the rice balls into the boiling solution.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Stir gently and continuously or they will form a clump if left alone without stirring.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Allow it to cook.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Check periodically to see if the balls are cooked and soft.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

The volume will reduce and the jaggery syrup will get thicker too.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Add thick coconut milk and stir gently and reduce the flame. Cook for a few more minutes with gentle constant stirring till.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Coconut milk is made by grinding shredded coconut with water. The first extraction is usually thicker and tastier. Once the milk has been squeezed, add some more water to the pulp and grind again to extract the second thinner coconut milk.

Enjoy paal Kozhukattai / payasam.

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

Paal kozhukatai - Rice ball dumplings in coconut -payasam

 

 

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