Paal Pidi

Paal Pidi or Paal Kozhukkatta is a popular dessert in Kerala. It is prepared with rice flour and coconut milk. Learn how to prepare tasty Paal Pidi


For the Rice Ball

  • Roasted Rice Flour – 1 cup
  • Thin Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Hot Water – as needed

For the Syrup

  • Coconut Milk – 2 to 2.5 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 12 tbsp (3/4 cup) [Alter according to your taste buds]
  • Powdered Cardamom – 4 to 6 pods


  • Combine rice flour, salt and coconut milk in a vessel.
  • Bring water to a boil. Add the hot water little by little to the rice flour and mix with a spoon until combined.
  • When it is cool enough to touch, knead everything using your hands to form a smooth dough.
  • Prepare small cherry sized balls using the dough, dipping your hand in water occasionally to prevent the dough from drying up.
  • You can prepare around 100-120 dumplings using the above proportion.
  • In a wide pan, bring coconut milk and water to a slow boil.
  • Add powdered cardamom and sugar and stir well.
  • Reduce heat and slowly, add the rice balls to the pan. Do not add the balls on top of one another or they will stick. Instead spread it around in the pan.
  • Cover and cook for around 8-10 minutes on very low heat.
  • Remove from heat and keep it covered until ready to serve.
  • Serve it warm or chilled.

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