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Paal Kolukattai (Rice Dumplings in Coconut Milk)

 Published 2020-Jul-07   Updated 2020-Jul-07

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Paal Kozhukattai, Coconut Milk Rice Dumplings)

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Paal Kolukattai is one common breakfast item in our native place. Our grand mom used to make this often and we used to enjoy it as kids. Actually her Kolukattai balls used to be bigger in size and not perfect balls. Yet the taste was unbeatable. I came to know later on from my friends that it is made during festivals in other places. They make perfect tiny balls. It is such a tasty and healthy dish.

There are two types of paal kozhukattai. Usually in Kerala and Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu, it is made using coconut milk. In the rest of Tamilnadu it is made with cows milk. Here I have given the recipe for the coconut milk type.

There is no oil involved. Kids will absolutely love it. The only time consuming part is making the balls. Otherwise the kolukattais cook really fast. So do give it a try.

Recipe For Paal Kolukattai

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 3-4


  • Rice Flour (Paccha Arisi Mavu) – 1 cup
  • Hot Water – 1 to 1.5 cups
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Thin Coconut Milk – 2 cup
  • Thick Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup


  1. In a mixing bowl, take the rice flour and grated coconut. Add hot water little by little and keep mixing.
  2. Mix till it forms a smooth dough. Adding hot water will make the balls soft. Keep this covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Once it has slightly cooled down, make small balls out of it. It should be marble sized. Arrange the balls in a plate and keep it covered.

    Paal Kolukattai Preparation Step

  4. In the meantime, take thin coconut milk in a wide bowl. Add the salt to this and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the prepared balls to this slowly.
  6. Take 1 or 2 balls out of this, mix it with 1/2 cup water. Add this to the mix. This will help thicken the liquid while cooking.
  7. Cook everything on medium heat for 7-8 minutes. Mix once or twice in between so that the balls don’t stick to the bottom. By now the balls will start floating and the liquid would have thickened.
  8. If you have some diabetic family member, you can switch off at this stage and serve. It will be salted paal kolukattai.
  9. Otherwise, add the sugar, cardamom powder and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes for the sugar to melt.
  10. Finally add the thick coconut milk and switch off. This step is optional but adds a nice taste.

    Paal Kolukattai Preparation Step


  • Instead of sugar, you can use jaggery or naatu chakkarai as a healthy alternative.
  • You can make coconut milk at home or use coconut milk powder or use canned coconut milk.
  • I have used hot water to prepare the dough. Some people mix the flour with room temperature water and cook it in a pan for 2 minutes to form the dough.

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