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Paal Kozhukattai Recipe / Milk kolukattai recipe / How to make Paal Kolakattai

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Paal Kozhukattai is authentic and traditional recipe of tamilians. My grandma prepares this during my childhood, there are two versions, the first one is the rice balls steamed in cow’s milk and the second version is the rice balls steamed in coconut milk and jaggery syrup.

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This is commonly prepared at times of Vinayagar chathurthi, as an offering to God Vinayaga. I have tried out the first version, it was delicious, yummy. Let us move on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Rice flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Sugar – 200 gms
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Cardamom power – ½ tsp

Preparation:

  • Boil 2 cups of water, take rice flour in a wide mouth bowl.
  • Boil the milk in a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • Pour in the boiled water little by little and mix it with a spoon.
  • Continue pouring water and mixing, until it forms to a large ball.
  • Divide into small portions and roll it to small balls (half the size of lemon).
  • Now gently drop the balls one by one to the boiling milk and keep in medium flame until the rice balls are steamed.
  • Sprinkle cardamom powder and add the sugar and grated coconut when the rice balls are almost steamed.
  • Wait until the balls are well steamed and the milk reduces to half the amount.
  • Remove from fire.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Aadiperukku / Pathinettam Perukku / How to celebrate Aadi Perukku or Aadi Pathinettam Perukku

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Aadiperukku is a Hindu Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August). In 2015, it’s August 3rd. It is a unique South Indian and specially a Tamil festival. The festival coincides with the annual freshes of the rivers and to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties. It is celebrated near river basins, lakes and wells etc.

Aadiperukku, otherwise called Padinettam perukku. “Pathinettam Perukku” – Pathinettu signifies eighteen and Perukku denotes rising. The festival is observed by women in TamilNadu. Aadi is the month for sowing, rooting, and planting of seeds and vegetation since its peak monsoon time when rain is showered in abundance.

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On this day, special poojas and prayers ared one in temples and people pray for good harvest, constant supply of water and hassle free monsoon. Women float lamps on rivers.

Also people buy new clothes, jewels and so on, as they hope getting this all over the year.

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Aadi Perukku / Pathinettam Perukku

Aadi Perukku / Pathinettam Perukku

People prepare many variety of rice, early in the morning, as offering to god. They lit lamps and do puja. Let us move on to the recipe prepared by that day:

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Kambu / Bajra Koozh or Pearl Millet Porridge

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Koozh is the Tamil name for a porridge made from millet. It is commonly sold by street vendors in Tamil Nadu. It is eaten as breakfast or lunch in many places of Tamilnadu. Koozh is a semi solid food, which liquefied before consumption. It is served with side dishes like green chilies, raw onions and pickles. Mostly it is prepared in during the month of Aadi (which falls between the mid of July till the mid of August) in TamilNadu and also served to the public during Aadi month in the amman temples all over TamilNadu. This is one of the traditional and authentic dish of Tamilians from the ancient period.

Also in villages people consume this for lunch with Dry fish curry or Dry fish Stir-Fry. But from my personal I was wondered when I saw, my kids having this koozh happily.

Koozh can be prepared in two different versions:

  • Salt and tangy version: It is liquefied using buttermilk and salt.
  • Sweet: It is liquefied by boiling with milk at the last stage and later mixed with sugar.

Health Benefits: Kambu/Pearl Millet/Bajra is high in proteins and has a good balance of amino acids. It is a better source of iron than other grains and ensures a good count of hemoglobin. Due its high fibre content, it helps a lot in weight loss and reduces cholesterol. It is also a powerful in controlling diabetes.

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Let me share the first version – Salt and Tangy Kambu Koozh first…

Ingredients:

  • Kambu / Bajra / Pearl Millet – ½ cup
  • Raw rice – 1 tbsp
  • Thick Buttermilk – ½ cup
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Dry roast the kambu/bajra/pearl millet along with raw rice for few mins or until the rice starts to double in size.
  • Remove it to a plate, bring it to room temperature.
  • Blend the roasted grains together in a blender to a fine powder for 5 mins.
  • Sieve the flour in a bowl or paper.
  • Again transfer the leftover solid pieces to the blender and continue blending.
  • Sieve the flour in a bowl or paper.
  • Take 3 tbsps of grounded flour in a heavy bottomed vessel, pour in a litre of water and keep in medium flame.
  • Keep on stirring every now and then, else lumps would be formed.
  • It starts thickening in 15 mins, continue stirring until it becomes thick and appear glazzy.
  • Remove from fire and transfer it to a bowl and bring it to room temperature.
  • Pour in the buttermilk along with required amount of salt and mix them well.

Serve with green chilies, onion and koozh vadam or Dry fish curry. I have accompanied with green chilies.

 Note: Store the rest of the ground powder in an airtight box or container for later use.