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Thengai Paal Kozhukattai

Thengai_Paal_Kozhukattai_1 Paal kozhukattai is a traditional dish of Tamil Nadu. It is prepared in many ways. Some use jaggery as sweetener and some use sugar. Some use normal milk and some use coconut milk in this dish.

I love the combination of jaggery and coconut milk, because jaggery is healthy as it contains some iron and coconut milk gives a rich taste to the dish.

Coconut milk is known as Thengai Paal in Tamil.


  • Kozhukattai mavu (dough) – 1 cup (how to prepare dough is at Coconut and Masala Ammini Kozhukattai)
  • Grated jaggery – ¾ cup (adjust as per taste)
  • Coconut milk – 2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tea spoon



  • Dough for Paal Kozhukattai: Boil 2 cups of water with pinch of salt and few drops of oil; add rice flour quickly and stir continuously to form the dough; after cooling, knead it to a soft dough (more details on how to prepare dough is at Coconut and Masala Ammini Kozhukattai).
  • Paal Kozhukattai: Make small oblong balls (cylindrical in shape) with the above dough with oiled fingers and keep.
  • Boil two cups of water (if you extract coconut milk at home, use the second shift milk for boiling kozhukattais); add half of the rolled kozhukattais.

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  • After few minutes, you can see them floating on the surface; it denotes they are cooked now; add remaining and cook in low flame till all float; stir occasionally not frequently.

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  • Meanwhile boil jaggery with one cup of water for 4 to 5 minutes or till raw smell leaves from jaggery.

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  • Now filter and add jaggery-water in boiling kozhukattais; also add cardamom powder and boil for few seconds.

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  • Then add coconut milk, boil for few seconds only and remove. Paal kozhukattai is now ready.

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  • Serve hot or cold.



  • You can also use normal milk in lieu of coconut milk.
  • Paal Kozhukattai gets thickened after cooling.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • pavithra May 16, 2010, 8:46 am

    Looks yumm and I love paal kozhukattai.. nice stepwise pictures dear…

  • Swathi May 16, 2010, 10:19 am


    Thengai paal kozhukatti looks really yummy. Nice shape i love anything with coconut milk and jaggery.

  • Sushma Mallya May 16, 2010, 10:49 am

    Looks yum, i havent tried these ever but would love to

  • niloufer riyaz May 16, 2010, 4:09 pm

    mouthwatering n tasty kozhukattais. yummy

  • Priya May 16, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Tempting kozhukattai, makes me drool..

  • Anu February 20, 2012, 4:03 pm

    tried Paal Kozhukattai.very yummy.. thanks for the detailed procedure with clear pics… very useful :)

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