I have heard about this particular sweet, a million times(both through movies and friends)…but never got a chance to see it or to taste it!!! My mommy is a kind of person…who is very content with her own style of cooking,he he…I mean, she never showed even slightest curiosity to try anything traditional or authentic(I dunno why)!!! Well…after watching Tamil movies, I kept bugging my mother for the dish, but she never yielded to my plea.
Anyway…now that I can cook, started figuring out ‘how to make this Paal Kozhukattai’. Hmmmm, to admit the truth, I couldn’t succeed for the first two times:( Wanna know…what was the mistakes? I steamed the modak and dropped the same in the milk…ooops, it was so hard like rock:( Secondly, I forgot to steam the flour before kneading, so it ended up like a mess:( However, practice make a man perfect:) Now, what I like about it? Its so easy to fix:)
Good quality coconut – fresh 1 (very important)
Farm fresh milk 1 liter
Fresh mill ground rice flour 2 cups
Cardamoms 7 crushed
Sugar 1 cup
Salt 1/4 spoon
Ghee few spoons to smear.
Now you know that first three ingredients ought to be very fresh and in good quality, right. Well…I happen to make them in India, so it was bit easy to procure:)
First’ steam the raw rice flour for at least 20 minutes or so.
Sprinkle warm water to it, and pinch of salt. Knead the same with greased hands. Make uniform small modaks / kozhukattai out of it. Set aside.
Make a thick puree out of coconut, set aside.
Boil milk with sugar and cardamom…bring this down to half of its original volume. Further add coconut milk to it, continue boiling.
Now add the modak to this milk and reduce the flame/heat. Allow this to get cooked completely. Well, by now…milk would have also reduced and look thick. Remove from heat.
Chill the same, serve as a dessert. Perfect after a South Indian Meal.