Palathalikalu: Palathalikalu (Pala – Milk and thalikalu – batter cylenders/roll) is a sweet dish made during Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh, India. The thalikalu are made with rice flour in the shape of long cylinders and are steamed and then cooked in thickened milk. It is also prepared during the festival of Ganesha Chaturti.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 4 cups Milk
- 1/2 cup tsp Rice Flour
- 1 tsp rice flour, to thicken the mixture
- 1/2 cup grated jaggery
- 1/4 cup grated fresh coconut
- 1/2 tsp green cardamom Powder
- 2 tsp Ghee
- 4 tbsp roasted cashew nuts, chopped; for garnish
- Boiling water, as required
- Combine the rice flour with a teaspoon of ghee in a wide bowl.
- Add boiling water, a teaspoon at a time, to the flour.
- Mix very well with a spatula to make soft dough.
- Allow it cool for a couple minutes.
- Knead well.
- The dough should be soft and smooth.
- Grease your hands with little ghee.
- Divide the dough into small balls.
- Roll out each ball between the palms to shape into long strips.
- Bring the milk to boil, on medium heat, in a wide vessel.
- Add in the grated jaggery and green cardamom powder.
- Allow the milk to boil till the sugar completely dissolves.
- Add the dough strips to the boiling milk.
- Cook for 10 – 15 minutes, on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the grated fresh coconut to the boiling milk mixture.
- Cook for a minute.
- Dilute a teaspoon of rice flour in a little water.
- Add in the diluted rice flour mixture to the boiling milk mixture.
- Cook for 3 -5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Palathalikalu is ready to be served
- Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and serve immediately hot.
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