1 cup rice flour
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee
1 3/5 cups full cream milk
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
3/4 cup sugar
8-10 strands of saffron
1 cup grated fresh coconut
3 tablespoon crushed nuts cashew, almonds and pistachios
4 tablespoon sesame seeds, crushed
Mix rice flour with water and ghee in a deep pan and bring to a boil. Stir often to avoid lump formation.
Once cooked make dough from this mixture. Use your palms to shape dough into lemon-sized balls and set for about 10-15 minutes. Roll these balls into thin long threads.
In a separate pan, boil milk, then stir in cardamom powder, sugar and saffron. Allow it to cook for about 10-15 minutes on low flame.
Add rice dough strings and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Towards the end stir in grated coconut, crushed nuts and crushed sesame seeds. Can be served hot or cold, but tastes best when cold.MC
Palathalikalu is basically rice flour kheer with lots of chopped dry fruits and grated fresh coconut. It tastes best when served cold.