Steamed Rice balls in Coconut Sauce / Pal Kozhukattai

This was the 4th challenge of the SNC group and Tamil had put up for us this mysterious dish. 🙂 Thanks Divya for the group and its challenging recipes.

For feb here are the challengers:

North team’s host Sanoli from Sanoli’s recipes- Green pea kachori with dum aloo click here
South teams’s host Tamil from Tamil’s kitchen- paal kozhukattai  click here

Since I am from the north team I made the Pal Kozhukattai and the pati ate it like it was popcorn. He is more fond of coconut. I dont like it that much but I do use it often while cooking.

Here is Tamil’s version and recipe with a pictorial tutorial.

You shall need: [I halved the recipe]

1.5 Cups…. Rice Flour
1 tablespoon… Maida
2 Cup…. Milk
1 1/2 Cups… Water
 1 Cup … Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup.. Sugar
1/4 teaspoon… Cardamom Powder
2 tbsp… Coconut flakes
Salt a pinch
Oil to grease the palms.
  • Steamer
  • Trays to steam rice balls
  • A large pot/sauce pan


  1. Boil 1 1/2 cup of water, teaspoon of oil with Salt. Reduce the flame and add the flours and mix well with spoon. Switch off the flame and leave it for 3-5 mins. Apply oil on your hand and mix the dough well.
  2. Make a Soft Dough.
  3. Grease the palms with oil and make small balls from the dough.
  4. Keep in the oiled steamer tray and steam for about 10-12 min.
  5. In a sauce pan, heat the milk. Add sugar and stir until mized.
  6. Lower the steamed balls and let them cook until they float. Cook on a medium flame [This should take about 15 min]
  7. Once they float, add the coconut milk and the flakes.
  8. Cook until the sauce thickens.
  9. Once done, you may garnish with dry fruits if you desire.
  10. Serve warm or cold.
Steamed rice balls
Steamed rice balls
Finished product with cardamom powder
Finished product with cardamom powder


16 thoughts on “Steamed Rice balls in Coconut Sauce / Pal Kozhukattai

  1. LOL at “ate like popcorn”
    This looks so much like rasgullas…I should try this….
    Loved the last pic with the birds…Looks like they too found this delicious 🙂

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