Paal Pidi

I have (actually – I had!) an obsession for keeping the house organized and clutter free. Nothing was to be left outside, everything was to be pushed inside the already bulging almarahs. Only the dining table and the sofa set is tolerated in the hall. That too because these cannot be shoved inside a wardrobe, else I might have tried!

The news paper left in the table for a moment, the car my son was playing with or the towel left in the chair for a second – everything goes inside the minute I see it.

But the wardrobes are messy. Really messy! I am fine as long as the mess is inside and cleaned periodically.

Like my messy wardrobe, my bookmarks folder too has grown really long and messy. I was cleaning up the list, when I came across this Paal Pidi recipe from Ramya’s space. It fitted perfectly into the ‘Something Sweet’ theme for this week’s Blogging Marathon and so here it is.

One link off the bookmark list and only a thousand more to go!


  • Rice flour                                   :        1 cup (Idiyappam flour/ Puttu Podi)
  • Boiling Water, as required
  • Coconut milk                           :        1 cup (can be replaced with milk)
  • Milk                                             :        1 cup
  • Sugar                                          :        1/4 – 1/2 cup, per taste


  1. Boil water with a pinch of salt. Pour it into the rice flour little by little, mixing with a spoon as you go.
  2. Once it all comes together, kneed for a minute to get a soft dough. Its the same as the one for Ela Ada.
  3. Take a small pinch of this dough, no more big than the size of a cherry, and roll into a small ball. Repeat until the rice flour dough is used up.
  4. Steam these pidi in an idli cooker for 10 – 15 minutes, till they are cooked through. If the balls are big, it may not cook in the middle, so keep the size of the pidi small.
  5. In a wide thick bottomed pan, mix coconut milk, sugar and whole milk together and bring to a boil. Add the steamed pidi into it and and let it boil for 10-15 minutes till it thickens a bit. Taste in between and add more sugar if required.
  6. Add half a tsp of cardamom powder, if desired and serve hot or cold, decorated with nuts.
  7. You can make this with coconut milk or whole milk alone or use a combination of both.

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25 thoughts on “Paal Pidi

  1. I am the exact opposite of you…………I wouldn’t move a thing out of wherever it is left if I didn’t have to :-)
    I have seen quite a few recipes of this dessert but am yet to taste it.


  2. LoL. I hate cleaning up and here you anti-thesis of me. We have something in common though..I have bookmarked plenty and like you I think I have 1001 more to go or something..

    Anyways, great looking sweet dish. It sort of resembles the Paal Kozhukattai!


  3. everytime I see Paal Kozhukottai I am tempted to make it… I think I shall also declutter my bookmarks soon and start making this ! :) yummy .. and happy to run the BM with you too :)


  4. this seems like a healthy alternative (coconut is high on calorie but still healthier than sugar syrup) to the rasgullas. I cant talk about the taste till i try, so i have to make it. You are adding to my clutter of bookmarked recipes ;)


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