Paal kozhukattai

paal kolukattai, pal kozukattai, rice dumplings in jaggery syrup

Kozhukattai – Small dumplings made out of rice flour or dough, Paal – Milk. Paal kozukattai’s literal meaning is “Rice dumplings in milk”.

Paal kozukattai is a festival time recipe. Normally, It is prepared with the dough made out of rice flour. What we’ve done here is, Prepared batter with idly rice, then Dough and then Dumplings. Instead of milk syrup, we’ve used Jaggery syrup. This process may be little time consuming than the normal process. But these dumplings(kozhukattai) will be softer and tastier than the one prepared using the normal process.

This is our age old family recipe and this dish has been always enjoyed by all those who ate it. Hope you’ll love it too.

Ingredients:(Serves 3 – 4 people)

  • Idly rice – 1 cup
  • Jaggery grated (vellam) – 1 cup (I used minimal sweet. Sweet lovers could use more if they want to.)
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste
  • Oil – 1 or 2 tspns
  • Rice flour – 1 tspn


  1. Batter Preparation: Soak Idly rice for 4 to 5 hours in water. Then grind it very nicely. That is very important. Add very little salt to the batter.
  2. Dough Preparation: Heat 1 or 2 tspns of oil in a pan. Add the nicely ground batter and stir till it turns into smooth dough. It may be difficult to stir at the end. Keep the stove in medium heat and stir to avoid burning the bottom.
  3. Make dumplings: Pinch a small amount of dough and shape them in to small round balls. Season your hands with little oil while making balls to avoid the dough from sticking.
  4. Jaggery syrup prepartion: Heat grated Jaggery and a cup of water in a vessel. Once the jaggery is completely dissolved in water, strain the jaggery syrup to remove impurities from the jaggery.
  5. Add 1 to 2 cups of water to the jaggery syrup, and bring this to boil. Dissolve the rice flour in water and add this to the jaggery syrup to thicken it.
  6. Add the dumplings to jaggery syrup little by little. Keep the stove in medium heat till the dumplings are cooked and blended with the jaggery syrup.

Sprinkle freshly ground pepper on top and serve.

Idly rice batter dough and kozukattai, Small round dumplings ready to cook

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