Pala Undrallu (Rice Flour Balls in Milk) – Vinayaka Chaviti Naivedyam

Pala Undrallu - Vinayaka Chaviti Naivedyam
Pala Undrallu

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.

Ingredients

  1. Rice Flour – 1/2 Cup
  2. Water – 1 Cup
  3. Milk – 2 Cups
  4. Sugar – 2/3 Cup
  5. Grated Coconut – 1/2 Cup
  6. Cardamom – 3 or 4
  7. Ghee/Clarified Butter – 1 tsp

Method

  1. Peel the cardamom pods.
  2. Pound the cardamom seeds to a rough powder.
  3. Sieve the rice flour.
  4. In a heavy bottomed vessel, bring the water to boil.
  5. Turn down the heat to low.
  6. Gradually add the rice flour and stir well.
  7. Add the ghee and mix well.
  8. Continue to cook over medium heat till you get a firm dough.
  9. Set aside to cool.
  10. In a heavy bottomed vessel, bring the milk to boil.
  11. Turn the heat to low.
  12. Add coconut, sugar, and cardamom powder.
  13. Mix well till the sugar dissolves.
  14. Make small gooseberry sized balls of the cooked rice flour.
  15. Add to the boiled milk.
  16. Bring to a boil.
  17. Turn off the heat.

Tips

  • 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.

Undrallu or Kudumulu (Rice Rava Balls with Bengal Gram) – Vinayaka Chaviti Naivedyam

Undrallu - Vinayaka Chavithi Special from Andhra
Undrallu – Vinayaka Chavithi Special from Andhra

Vinayaka Chaviti/Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner. It is one of my favourite festivals and I plan the menu days in advance so that I can source all the ingredients in time.

For every Andhra home, one must-have naivedyam on Vinayaka Chaviti is Undrallu. It is said to be Vinayaka’s favourite. It is also a great favourite of my dad’s.

Ingredients

  1. Rice – 2 Cups
  2. Chana Dal/Senaga Pappu/Bengal Gram – 1/2 Cup
  3. Salt to Taste
  4. Sesame Oil – 1 tsp

Method

  1. Soak the chana dal for about 30 minutes.
  2. Grind the rice into a coarse powder.
  3. Drain the water from the soaked dal and add to the rice flour.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Add 4 Cups of water.
  7. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  8. If there is still water in the dough, cook over an open flame till the water evaporates.
  9. Let the dough cool till it is just warm.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Grease your palms with a little oil.
  12. Take about a tablespoon of the dough and roll it into a ball.
  13. Place all the undrallu in a bowl and cover with a lid.
  14. Steam in a pressure cooker for about 10 mins.
  15. Offer to Vinayaka as naivedyam.
  16. Serve warm with kobbari pachadi or dosakaya pachadi.

Tips

  • Do not soak the chana dal for too long or it will disintegrate.
  • Do not grind to rice too fine, otherwise you will have a sticky mess on your hands and the undrallu will be rock hard.
Uppu Undrallu
Uppu Undrallu