Thursday, September 5, 2013

Palathalikalu | Pala Thalikalu | Vinayaka Chavithi Recipes

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Palathalikalu, Undrallu Payasam, Undrallu, Kudumulu, Bele KadubuUndrala Guggillu etc are the most favourite foods for Lord Ganesha and we prepare them without fail for Vinayaka Chavithi every year. Palathalikalu and Undrallu Payasam are made very similar just that the shapes are different where as in the former one the rice flour mixture is rolled into thin cylinders(or pressed even in sevai press) where as in the latter one the rice flour mixture is rolled into small balls also known as Ammini Kozhukattai in Tamil.
Palathalikalu is a typical Andhra sweet but it is also prepared in few regions of Karnataka. 'Thalikalu' are made with rice flour in the shape of long cylinders and are steamed and then cooked in thickened milk. One can make thalikalu by using a sev press as well- using the big holed one if you are short of time, but there are chances that the sev will get broken into tiny pieces or melt into the payasam and hence I adapt to make the cylinders by hand even though it is time consuming.
pala thalikalu
In Andhra the base for payasam is milk which is thickened with rice flour and grated coconut is added to it, but in our house my mom thickens the milk by adding  ground coconut-cashew nut-poppy seed mixture which not only thickens the payasam nicely but also adds the taste to it. I strongly recommend you to try this way of payasam base- I am sure you will love it.

Check out other important recipes for Vinayaka Chavithi:
For a complete list of Various options for Ganesh Chaturthi menu, check out here.


Palathalikalu Payasam Recipe:
Serves 2-3
Prep time: 20-30 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Total time: 1hr
Cuisine: Andhra - South Indian | Category: Festival Sweets

for Thalikalu:
1/2 cup Rice flour *(use freshly home made)
2-3 tbsp grated Jaggery
1 cup Water
a pinch of Salt
1 tsp Oil/Ghee

for Payasam:
1/3 cup grated fresh Coconut
1 tbsp Poppy seeds
6-8 Cashew nuts
1 1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Water
1 1/4 cup grated Jaggery
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder

to prepare Thalikalu: 
  • In a vessel, add water, salt and oil and let it come to a boil.
  • After it boils, reduce the heat and add jaggery and rice flour. At this point don't touch the rice flour, leave it as it is for 10-12 mins over medium heat.
  • Take some dough in your hand, and using your fingers make small balls and make them into thin cylinders of 1 1/2 inches length as shown in picture.If the dough keeps sticking to you hand, smear little oil to your fingers to continue making the cylinders. This is the most time consuming process but the end product makes you forget all the pain you have taken while making it.
  • After you finish making all the cylinders, place the steamer(or vessel) in a pressure cooker without any lid on the vessel. Do sprinkle one or two tea spoons of ghee on the top of the cylinders and steam it for 10-15 min without using a weight (like you would make idli).
  • Once the pressure drops open the cooker and place the steamer(vessel) aside. You should be seeing shiny thalikalu as shown in the picture. 
 to prepare payasam:

  • Soak cashew nuts and poppy seeds in 1/4 cup warm milk for 15 mins.Grind cashew nuts, poppy seeds, grated coconut and cardamom into a fine paste.
  • Mean while boil milk and water and add jaggery and the ground coconut mixture. Cook it on low flame until the jaggery is melted.
  • Add steamed rice balls and simmer for 6-8 mins until they absorb all the flavours and starts floating up. At this stage adjust the thickness of payasam by adding more milk to suit your required consitency. Do not boil for long as the mixture might curdle up sometimes.
  • Let it sit for few minutes before serving which will help it to absorb the flavours and sweetness.
Serve it warm or at room temperature.

  1. Jaggery can be replaced with sugar in the recipe.
  2. The addition of jaggery while making the rice balls makes them mildly sweet and makes it delicious when cooked in the coconut-poppy seed kheer. How ever it is optional to add jaggery while making those rice balls, but I suggest you to add.
  3. If you do not have time to make those cylinders, you can use a sev maker(slightly big holes) to press them into long cylinders. You do not need to steam them, you can press them directly into the milk-water mixture and boil it until they float and then add ground coconut mixture and jaggery and boil for some time. 
pala thalikalu


Anjali said...

My fav. Mom makes this every year :)

Indian Khana said...

Looks really yum's very long I had this ...looks so tempting

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

This is very new to me, nicely done and explained

Divya Shivaraman said...

something new to me and never heard of its similar to paal kozhukatai with more loaded flavor in creamy sauce of milk...for sure a keep

divya said...

looks sooo yum n tempting...

great-secret-of-life said...

so creamy and tempting one

Vikis Kitchen said...

Very nice payasam...looks delicious. Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi !

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