Sep 4, 2013

Paal Kozhukattai / Rice Flour Balls Cooked in Sweetened Coconut Milk - Ganesh Chaturthi Special Recipes

One of my viewer requested this recipe so many months back . I was checking out my to do recipes and found this sitting in the top list. So decided to try it out. I love this a lot, one of my collegues will bring this to office often, her mom makes the most delicious melt in mouth paal kolukattai in the world. I asked her the recipe and  have made this quite often, but forgot to take pictures of it.

As ganesh chaturthi is right around the corner, i thought this kolukattai recipe would be a great addition to the list. Although it is not traditionally made on that day, but i would love to add it to the list since this recipe is from the lord ganesh's beloved kolukattai family. I hope you will try it out and let me know how it turned out for you..

I have another one very unique kolukattai recipe to be posted.So stay tuned..

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Rice Flour / Arisi Mavu - 1 cup ( I used readymade rice flour)
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Thin Coconut Milk - 2 cup (Click here for recipe)
Thick Coconut Milk - 1 cup (Click here for recipe)
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup or to taste


Take rice flour in a bowl and add in water. Mix well  so it forms into a smooth batter.

Heat a nonstick kadai and pour this batter in it. Cook this on low heat stiring constantly so it thickens and leaves the sides of the pan and form into a dough.

Remove the dough into a bowl and let it cool a little. Add ghee to it and knead into a smooth dough.

Apply ghee on your fingers. Take small portions from it and form into tiny little balls.

Now heat thin coconut milk in a kadai. Let it come to a good boil.

Once it starts boiling add the small kolukattai in the milk slowly. The milk should be always boiling when you add the kolukattai. So add the balls slowly, dont add it all at once.

Let this cook for 5 mins. Now add in sugar and cardamom powder and mix well.Let this simmer for 2 mins.

Now switch off the heat and add the thicker creamier coconut milk. Mix well and serve.

Serve this warm or at room temp.


Take all your ingredients

Take rice flour in a bowl

Add salt to it

Pour in water

Mix well to a smooth batter

Pour the batter in a nonstick kadai

Keep stiring
Mix well so no lumps are formed

Keep cooking

Cook till it forms into a smooth dough

Remove that to a bowl

Add a little ghee to this

Knead into a smooth dough
take small portion and form into a ball

All done

Now heat thin coconut milk

Once it boils..

Add the balls slowly, so the heat doesn't drop

Let it boil
Add some cardamom powder
Add Sugar and mix well

Now turn the heat off and add in thicker coconut milk

Mix well



  1. paal kozhukattai looks super cute dear :) such an yummy recipe for this festive season !! loving it !!

  2. 2 posts a day! Nd that too with step by step pix! U r amazing Aarti :-)

  3. I want that bowl, just drooling here..

  4. Hello aarthi ji, can we use normal milk instead of coconut milk?

  5. @shubhangiYes u could add normal milk. But coconut milk gives unique tasste and flavour

  6. As sson as i added the rice balls it melted... Can u give tips for. Dat..

  7. Wen i aded d rice balls it melted.. Wat to do for dat?

  8. @Bushra AnwarYou have to add the kozhukattai once the milk comes to a rolling boil. if you add it before that then the balls will melt. And done add all the balls all at once, if you add it all at once then the balls will melt. SLowly add the balls one by one so the milk will keep on boiling,

  9. hi mam,
    totally how many coconuts needed for this recipe??? 1 r 1 1/2?? m going to try it today

  10. Absolutely delicious, I wanna try them :)

  11. Oh dear my favourite ..can I make with cow's milk..

  12. @Janabai VellasamyYes u can , but coconut milk gives more flavour

  13. Hi Aarthi, Is it ok to use readymade coconut milk cream for thick milk and how do I make thin milk out of it... Can I add water or plain milk to it to make it to thin consistency? Will I have to compromise on the original taste ? We don't get fresh coconuts here. Pls suggest.. Tia.

  14. @Soumyaa Ramyes u can use that..for thin milk, dilute thick cream with some water

  15. Descriptions with pictures are real helpful good job thank you

  16. I have got all of the required ingredients will do this over the weekend. 😊

  17. Hi..I tried tis and it came really well... But the ball was little sticky wen we eat... Thanks for the recepie

  18. Hi aarthi,
    Can we do the same by putting salt instead of sugar or is there any other way for doing this gravy kozhukkatai with salt.

  19. Thank you Aarthi for the receipe.

    I tried today for Ganesh Chathruthi. Taste wise its good but mine came out little harder. I made little big rice flour balls. what am i doing wrong.

    Any help much greatly appreciated.
    Thanks again


  20. @Gayathri Ramalingami think the dough which u got is little stiff. it has to be pretty soft

  21. Aarthi, what can u make it to be soft. Can I add more ghee to it?

  22. @Gayathri Ramalingamadd more boiling hot water and knead very well.

  23. Thank you so much for the reply Aarthi. I will try again and let you know the outcome.

  24. If don't have nonstick, can I use normal kadai?

  25. Hi Arathy... I just tried this recipe and it was awesome... i made it for my sister and she loved it :)

  26. can we use normal buffaloe milk instead of coconut milk

  27. Can i use idiappam maavu instead of rice flour ?

  28. Can i use idiappam maavu instead of rice flour?


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