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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kobbari Paala Thalikalu


For Day 5 of blogging marathon, here is a traditional sweet dish from Andhra called paala thalikalu. Honestly speaking, I have never eaten this before or seen anyone in our households preparing this even though we are from the region. Over the years, I however have seen it online and on cook shows. When I chose "Festive Sweet dishes" theme for the marathon, I wanted to try a traditional dish that I had never tasted before and this paala thalikalu perfectly fit the bill. Though a little consuming from my standards, it absolutely needs no supervision and that's the charm of this recipe.

Tiny rice flour strings are cooked in sweetened and cardamom flavored milk on low flame until they are done and the slow cooking results in melt in mouth kind strings in a rich milk base. A regular version of paala thalikalu doesn't include coconut and so it is optional but the addition definitely enhances the flavor factor.

Ingredients:(4 servings)
2 cups full fat milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rice flour + extra for dusting
1/4 cup fresh, grated coconut
1/4 cup+2 Tbsp sugar
A pinch of cardamom powder

Method:
* Bring water to a rolling boil in a pan, add coconut to it and lower the heat. Then add rice flour gradually and constantly stir the mixture so that no lumps are formed. There is no need to cook the rice flour but stir well so that a uniform mixture is formed. Turn off the stove and let cool the mixture so that it becomes easy to handle.


* Pinch a small portion from the rice dough, roll into a ball and shape into small string. Use rice flour for dusting if needed. Repeat the steps until all the dough is used. Some use chakli press to speed up the process.
* Meanwhile, heat milk, sugar and cardamom together in another pan, preferably a nonstick one. Drop the shaped strings into the milk pan and cook on low flame until done. The strings do not usually break while cooking. It would take around 30 minutes on lowest heat setting for the rice strings to completely cook through.

Stirring a couple of times in the middle is needed to make sure the strings are uniformly cooking. There is no need to constantly stir the mixture.


Note:
If shaping the dough into strings seems tedious, shape the mixture into tiny balls and cook in the milk mixture. It may take a little longer to cook than the strings.

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Comments

24 comments:

SnehaPrasad said...

Nice recipe, my mom makes this with jagerry & she uses chakli mould to make strings which will speed up the process.. I will try this recinpe soon..

Jayanthi said...

It's very similar to pal kozhukattai's that we Tamilians make. Looks absolutely yum....

Suma Gandlur said...

Sneha, forgot to mention about it. I have updated the post now.

ANU said...

wow awesome recipe dear....luvit hv to try it for sure! :) thanks for sharing!

Kanan said...

wow this is such a nice recipe. thanks for sharing

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Same here. I have heard a lot about this sweet, but never made it nor tasted it :) Sounds easy too, right?

Chef Mireille said...

never seen anything like this before!

Prathibha said...

My mom makes this,so far I never attempted it

Hari Chandana said...

Very delicious and authentic recipe.. looks super perfect.. thanks for sharing :)
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Srivalli said...

I never knew we had a similar one to the paal kozlukatti in andhra..thanks for sharing..:)

vaishali sabnani said...

absolutely new for me...u have a treasure of authentic recipes!!:))..love them!!

Rasi said...

never heard of this! when u described that u could make as balls.. was wondering it must be like paal kozhukaati.. another sweet dish..the addition of coconut must have really enhanced the flavor!

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Vimitha Anand said...

Authentic recipes are the best. Looks so creamy

Spandana said...

Pala Thalikalu is my fav.. my grand mom makes the best tahalikalu ever. This version looks very good too!!

Sumi said...

Its just like paal kozhukattai in tamil...looks delicious

Archana Vivek said...

This is new to me and looks so nice.

Sravs said...

Super delicious and wonderful !!

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Akila said...

We prepare pal kozhukkattai, the same way... Urs looks delicious...

rekhas kitchen said...

Traditional recipe and my favorite too looks yumm nice adition of coconut milk I have to post mine yet.

Rajani S said...

Ah..similar to Pal Kozhukkattais. Different shape though. Nice one.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

We call it Paal Kozhukattai! My granda would give me a newspaper and ask me to make those oblong mini kozhukattai. Looks fabulous!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

this looks so so interestring, rice flour strings in coocnut milk, gotta try it

PriyaVaasu said...

Looks yum!!!!

Archana said...

This is new to me. I love this one. This is something i will make for work.