Food is such a central part of all Indian religious functions. Each festival brings with it an assortment of goodies and Vinayaka Chaviti is no exception. One sweet that must be a part of naivedyam for Ganesha is the sweet Pala Undrallu along with its savoury cousin Uppu Undrallu.
- Rice Flour – 1/2 Cup
- Water – 1 Cup
- Milk – 2 Cups
- Sugar – 2/3 Cup
- Grated Coconut – 1/2 Cup
- Cardamom – 3 or 4
- Ghee/Clarified Butter – 1 tsp
- Peel the cardamom pods.
- Pound the cardamom seeds to a rough powder.
- Sieve the rice flour.
- In a heavy bottomed vessel, bring the water to boil.
- Turn down the heat to low.
- Gradually add the rice flour and stir well.
- Add the ghee and mix well.
- Continue to cook over medium heat till you get a firm dough.
- Set aside to cool.
- In a heavy bottomed vessel, bring the milk to boil.
- Turn the heat to low.
- Add coconut, sugar, and cardamom powder.
- Mix well till the sugar dissolves.
- Make small gooseberry sized balls of the cooked rice flour.
- Add to the boiled milk.
- Bring to a boil.
- Turn off the heat.
- Getting the rice dough right is the key to a great pala undrallu.
- Always use heavy bottomed vessels or else the rice dough/milk have a tendency to burn.