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Pal kozhukattai Bengali style
By : Chitra Ramachandran
Category : Ganesh chaturthi, Jaggery, Milk
Servings : 4
Time Taken : 30-45 mins
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Method

To make poornam (sweet filling):

  1. Melt jaggery in a cup of warm water and filter it.
  2. Mix the coconut and jaggery and cook in a thick bottomed vessel, till it becomes a lump and starts leaving the sides of the thick vessel.
  3. A pinch of cardamom powder can be added to the above Poornam if desired.

To make kozhukattai dough:

  1. Boil 1 glass of water with a pinch of salt and a tsp of oil in a heavy vessel.
  2. Slowly add rice flour to the boiling water, stirring all the time.
  3. Cook the rice flour till all water is absorbed; switch off flame and cover with a lid.

To prepare milk:

  1. Boil milk till it reduces to 3/4th the original volume.
  2. Make a paste with 1 tbsp rice flour and water and stir into the milk and boil for few more minutes.
  3. This will prevent the milk from curdling while adding sugar.
  4. Add sugar, cook for few more minutes; add cardamom powder and switch off flame.

To make kozhukattai:

  1. Knead the cooked rice flour into a smooth dough.
  2. Take out a small portion and roll into very small bead sized balls and keep aside.
  3. This is for the traditional pal kozhukattais.
  4. From the main portion, pinch out a plum size of dough, knead once again and make into a cup, coating yours fingers with oil so that the dough does not stick to your fingers.
  5. Place a teaspoon of poornam in the dough cup and gather the edges together sealing the poornam inside the shell.
  6. Flaten and press the gathered point and shape the kozhukattais into poornam filled flat balls.
  7. For the given measure you can get a cup of beads, and 21 poornam filled kozhukattais can be prepared.
  8. Steam the traditional kozhukattais as well as the poornam filed kozhukattais in the pressure cooker for ten minutes, and allow them to cool down.

Recipe courtesy: Chitra Amma's Kitchen

Ingredients:
1 glass - rice flour (holds 250 ml of liquid)
1 pinch - salt
1 tsp - oil
2 cups - grated coconut
2 cups - powdered jaggery
1 litre - milk
6 tbsp - sugar
Raisins, a few
1 pinch - cardamom powder (optional)

For more North and South Indian Ganesh Chaturthi recipes, click here

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