Paal Kozhukattai / Doodh ka Modak – Traditional Tamil Pudding

Paal Kozhukattai / Doodh ka Modak – Traditional Tamil Pudding

Paal Kozhukattai:

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.


21 Responses so far.

  1. Jan says:

    This is my favorite one… for most of our festivals my mom do this for us… lovely post…

  2. Nithu Bala says:

    Delicious Dear..instead of sugar you can add can check my version here..

  3. Kavita says:

    fantastic,and I am so jealous,you can get farm fresh things:)nevermind I have the recipe now and I will figure out a way soon:)

    Malar, I am looking forward to your answers (whenever you find the time) to the questionnaire I have posted on my blog.I have tagged 8 bloggers and you are one of them:)

  4. Satrupa says:

    Never have heard about this dish.The ingredients suggest that it must be delicious.


  5. Dimah says:

    This sounds rich and delicious!


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  8. Delicious paal kozhukattai Malar !

  9. My mum recently tried this recipe and she was glories over phone…looks tempting!

  10. Priya says:

    My all time fav, just love it..

  11. Never heard abt this..would love to give it a try:)

  12. Shivani says:

    wow, its altogether new recipe for me thanks for sharing

  13. PriyaRaj says:

    one of my favourite …love it ..

  14. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Started making this after coming to South, and am loving it :)

  15. Kurinji says:

    looks nice, my fav..

  16. Hey Malar… that sounds like a lovely dessert. Glad you have pointed out what you did wrong the first few times. Now we know those steps are important. No short cuts. Thanks!

  17. my hubby loves this and we make by adding jaggery to this.Will try next time using sugar

  18. Biny Anoop says:

    Thats a great dessert…have tried it at my aunt’s house and loved it….great space and pretty gud following u …am gladto be one among them….keep up ur gud work.
    Biny Anoop

  19. nice pal kozukkaddai,

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