Since I was a child I am fond of Ganesh chathurthi and my parents used to say that it is pooja for children and that made us involved in this pooja . In our house Palathalikalu ( rice noodle or strings cooked in milk) is a must for this pooja. When I was a child , me and my sisters used to prepare the ganesh idol for pooja . But then when we were in our teens we used to buy the idol . But now after being in US , I started doing it again . Once I made it with play dough and this year I made with clay . I decorated the idol with sandal wood powder ( chandan ) and used some glitter from my daughter’s colour collection . We all enjoyed doing the pooja .
- Rice flour – 1 cup
- Milk – 4 cups ( whole or 2 %)
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Cashews – 10 to 15 ( slit)
- Raisins – 2 tbsp
- Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
- Water -1 3 /4 cup
- Take water in a small pan and bring it to a boil and add the rice flour to it and mix well so that no lumps are formed . Switch off the flame and over the pan with a lid . That heat is sufficient to cook the flour .
- Take a large pan to prepare the palatalikalu . Pour milk in this and bring to a boil .
- While milk is boiling form the rice noodle . To do this, apply ghee to your palm and take some rice flour paste and roll between the palm to form a string or thick noodle each of about 2 inch length. Plate them .
- Once the milk comes to a boil add sugar and mix well . To this add the thalikalu ( the rice noodle ) and cook on low to medium heat for 3 mins.
- In a saute pan heat the ghee and saute the cashews and raisins and add to the milk and stir slowly and cook for 1 min and switch off the flame .
- Garnish with cardamom powder .
Serves : 4 to 6
Preparation time : 20 mins
cooking time : 15 mins