pala munjalu recipe – An easy alternate to making poornam boorelu. Most women find it difficult to make burelu or poornalu, since it requires the batter (used for outer cover) to be in the right consistency. This recipe is almost like boorelu but the outer covering is made of rice flour cooked in milk.
Do try these very simple to make dish on any festive or special occasion, no soaking, no grinding of batter, absolutely easy.
These can be offered as naivedhyam for varalakshmi vratam, dasara, Diwali, sankranti and ugadi too.
The taste of pala munjalu entirely depends on the kind of rice flour we use. Back home in India, rice flour made from aged sona masuri is used as it is less sticky. But I prepared with store bought flour, yet they came out perfect.
This is the first time i prepared these, and got them perfect. So novice cooks can try this without any hesitation.
how to make pala munjalu with step by step pictures
1. Wash and pressure cook channa dal with little water for 1 whistle or can cook in a pot till soft but not mushy.
2. Drain the water. cool it. blend this dal in a mixer to get a dry mix.
3. Add jaggery and begin to cook again till the mix becomes dry like shown in the pic. takes around 5 to 7 mins.
4. Let it cool completely and make balls and set aside. you must get non sticky dry balls
5. Now mix milk and rice flour well, remove any lumps
6. Begin to cook on a low flame till the dough becomes dry and a single mass
7. Cool it completely. Add 1 tbsp oil and knead well to a smooth dough. Kneading well helps to get them right without turning hard. Remove any lumps.
8. Take small portions of this dough and make small thin puris in you palm.
9. Place a ball from step 4 and cover it from all the sides, removing off excess dough.
10. Roll the ball to get an even shape. do not overdo it
11. keep them covered with a moist cloth till you fry. Heat oil till smoky, reduce the heat and fry these till golden.
12. Repeat in batches till you finish all.
13. Fry again to keep them crisp for longer.
pala munjalu recipe below
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
poornam ingredients (inner stuffing)
- ½ cup channa dal or toor dal
- ½ cup jaggery or palm sugar (can use sugar too, I have never tried) (adjust the quantity)
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- 3 cups rice flour fine (I used store bought, whatever you use it must be fine flour)
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 ½ cups water
- Oil for deep frying
How to make the recipe
- Wash channa dal and cook in a pot till soft but not mushy. It can be pressure cooked with little water for 1 whistle
- Drain the dal in a colander to remove excess water. When cooled, add it to a jar and blend till smooth.
- Add the ground dal and jaggery back to the pot or pan. Mix both well and cook again till mix looks dry and becomes a single mass
- Cool completely and take small portions and make balls. Keep these aside
- In a pan, add rice flour and pour milk. Mix well to remove lumps.
- Cook on a low flame till the dough becomes a single mass
- Cool it. Add 1 tbsp. oil and knead well to get smooth dough.
- Take small portions of dough, if needed, knead well, press each ball to flatten and make puri in your palm.
- Place a ball in the centre of the rice puri. Cover it from all the sides, remove off excess dough.
- Roll the ball to give a nice shape.
- Keep the balls covered with a moist cloth till you fry.
- Heat oil till smoky hot, reduce the flame to medium
- Drop few balls at one time and fry evenly till golden
- Repeat frying till you finish all the balls.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
If you are new to cooking, follow my detailed step by step photo instructions for best results.