palathalikalu recipe

Pala thalikalu recipe

By Swasthi on August 3, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Pala thalikalu is a traditional sweet dish from Andhra pradesh made of handmade rice noodles, milk, jaggery and ghee. It is a special dish offered as Naivedyam not only during Vinayaka chavithi but also during other Andhra festivals. The recipe shared here will give you a delicious, thick & creamy payasam with soft pala thalikalu.

palathalikalu recipe


As I had many requests for the traditional palathalikalu recipe I am sharing my Mum’s recipe. I adapted the quick way of making the thalikalu in the murukku maker as the hand made ones take lot of time.

Traditionally palathalikalu are made with homemade rice flour but I have used store bought flour since I did not make it for the Naivedyam. If you plan to offer this as naivedyam during the vinayaka chavithi puja, then make fresh rice flour at home. I have included the instructions to make the rice flour in the recipe card below.

The day I made this recipe I was running short of milk, so I just made a small quantity. If you like to double the recipe, make sure you use a wide pot or pressure pan to cook the palathalikalu. This helps them to cook well without clumping up.

Making jaggery syrup

1. I prefer to make jaggery syrup first for any payasam recipe as the aroma & taste is much superior than adding the jaggery directly. Secondly most times jaggery has debris or even sand. It is easy to get rid of that this way. However if you still prefer to add it directly you can skip this section and add grated jaggery directly towards the end. Add grated jaggery and water to a pan.

Add grated jaggery and water to a pan

2. Dissolve the jaggery and cook until it is slightly thick & sticky. No string consistency is required. Set this aside to cool completely.

Dissolve the jaggery and cook

Making dough

3. Pour ½ cup water and ¼ cup milk to a pan.

add milk

4. Next add in 1 tbsp sugar.

add sugar

5. Also add in 1 tsp ghee. To dissolve the sugar heat this.

add ghee

6. When the water turns very hot, add the rice flour and turn off the stove.

add the rice flour

7. Mix it well to make a lump free smooth and soft dough. The dough has to be slightly sticky and not tight. If the dough is too tight then the thalikalu will turn hard. If the dough is too sticky you can also add a tbsp of flour. I had to do that.



8. Grease your murukku mould or janthikalu maker.

murukku mould or janthikalu maker

9. Mix 1 tbsp rice flour in ¼ cup water to make a smooth lump free mixture.

rice flour

10. Set this aside.

rice flour mixture

11. Put the dough inside the mould.

Put the dough inside the mould

12. When you press the mould gently the dough should come out easily without breaking. This is the right consistency of the dough.

press the mould gently

13. Heat ghee in a wide pan. I used a pressure pan. Add cashews and fry until light golden. Then add dried coconut and raisins. When they turn golden remove to a plate. I forgot to use coconut, later I fried separately and used.

Heat ghee in a wide pan

14. Pour milk to the pot and bring it to a boil.

Pour milk

How to make pala thalikalu

15. When the milk comes to a boil, regulate the flame to medium. Make sure the milk is boiling, then gently squeeze in the dough from the mould.

gently squeeze in the dough from the mould

16. I squeezed up all the dough at once in circular motion as my pressure pan was wide enough to hold the entire dough. If you are using a small pan then they will all clump up together due to less space.

Please note: Avoid using a spoon or ladle from here on. Just swirl the milk in the pan when needed to mix. This avoids breaking the pala thalikalu.

17. Do not stir them or disturb for 3 mins. They will break as the dough is still not cooked. After 3 mins, Swirl the milk in the pan gently a few times to disperse the thalikalu evenly in milk.

Swirl the milk in the pan gently to make palathalikalu

18. Allow to cook exactly for another 4 to 5 mins depending on the thickness of the thalikalu. So total cook time is 7 to 8 mins. Overcooking can make them hard and dense.

19. Stir the rice flour mixture in the cup with a spoon. Slowly pour it to the pan towards the sides of the pan. Swirl a few times to disperse the rice flour in the milk otherwise lumps can form. Cook until it thickens. Swril again if needed. With in 1 to 2 mins the mixture turns thick. Do not overcook until it turns too thick, slightly thickness is good enough as it turns more thick after cooling.

add rice flour mixture

20. Add cardamom powder. Turn off and take it away from the stove. If adding grated jaggery then you can add it and stir until it dissolves. Cooking further may curdle the payasam.

Add cardamom powder to palathalikalu

21. Ensure the jaggery syrup is cooled completely. Filter that to the pala thalikalu. Swirl gently as many times as needed until the jaggery is blended well. You can also use ladle at this stage as the thalikalu firm up.

add jaggery syrup

22. Pour some ghee if desired and add the cashews, coconut and raisins.

add the cashews and raisins to palathalikalu

Cool the pala thalikalu and offer to Ganesha.

pala thalikalu

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Recipe card

pala thalikalu

Pala thalikalu recipe

Pala thalikalu is a sweet dish made of handmade rice noodles, jaggery, ghee and nuts. It is a festive food that is offered to the god during puja.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

For thalikalu

  • ¾ cup rice flour (can also use thadi pindi)
  • ½ cup water (use ¼ cup if using thadi pindi)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar (do not use jaggery)
  • 1 tsp ghee

For the payasam

  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 12 cashews
  • 12 raisins
  • 2 tbsp dried coconut pieces, endu kobari
  • 3 cups milk full fat
  • 1 tbsp rice flour (to thicken the payasam)
  • ¼ cup water to mix the flour
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder or elaichi powder

For jaggery syrup

  • ½ to ¾ cup jaggery (I used ½ cup unrefined jaggery)
  • 3 tbsp water


Preparation for pala thalikalu

  • If using store bought rice flour, skip this step. To make rice flour at home, wash and soak ¾ cup rice for 2 to 4 hours. 
  • Drain completely in a colander. Spread on a clean cloth and dry until slightly moist but not wet. 
  • Add to the blender and make a fine powder. 
  • Then add it to a fine floor sieve. Pass it through the sieve with your fingers if needed. The flour must be very fine otherwise the thalikalu will break. 
  • You can grind the coarse grains again. Measure and set aside only ¾ cup flour.
  • To make palathalikalu please follow the step by step photo instructions below as it is easy to understand with pictures.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Pala thalikalu recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 453mg13%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Calcium 303mg30%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Thank you Swasthi for the awesome recipe. I made it for the first time for Ganesh Chaturdhi and it turned out super delicious. We enjoy all your recipes and the tips and alternatives you add are very helpful.

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Very good & useful

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It was my first time making this and it seemed really easy with all the tips and accurate measurements. Thank you Swasthi for sharing your talent. Looking forward to trying more recipes on this site