Pesaha Paal

Milk for pesaha appam
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup thick coconut milk (2 cups of coconut, grated) (4 cups of water)
  • 3 cups thin coconut milk (1 can of coconut milk)
  • 1 cup Jaggery, or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice flour, roasted
  • Salt to taste *

Grinding Spices:

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 pods of cardamom
  • ½ inch of dry ginger (Chukku)


Make Milk from Grated Coconut

    Thick Milk:

    • From the fresh coconut**, take 2 cups grated coconut and add 1 cup water.
    • Grind together in a blender into a paste.
    • Use a cheesecloth to squeeze the thick milk out of the coconut pulp into a container.

    Thin Milk:

    • Add the same coconut pulp into the blender.
    • Grind again with 3 cups of water until it becomes a paste.
    • Use a cheesecloth to squeeze the thin milk out of the coconut pulp into a container.

    Make Coconut Milk from Canned Coconut Milk

      Thick Milk:

      • Place 1 cup of coconut milk from the can to the side.

      Thin Milk:

      • Add ½ cup of coconut milk from the can to a bowl, add 2 ½ cups of water and mix.***

      Grinding Spices:

      • Dry roast the spices to release their aroma on a hot pan.
      • Use the grinder (or mortar and pestle) to make the spices into a powder.
      • Sift the powder through a sifter to remove any skin from the cardamon shell.


      • Mix the jaggery or brown sugar, thin milk and rice flour into a saucepan on the stove.
      • Mix well
      • Boil the mix, stirring constantly.
      • At the first boil, add the thick coconut milk and stir well.
      • Add salt to taste.
      • Keep stirring until it comes to a thick consistency.****
      • Keep the flame on low to medium heat.
      • Add the spices to the prepared paal and keep stirring to avoid forming any lumps.
      • The Paal or milk for the Pesaha Appam is ready to serve.



      *I added ¼ teaspoon.
      **It is easier to extract coconut milk from freshly grated coconut.
      ***Assuming the can of coconut milk contains 1 ½ cups of coconut milk.
      ****To make it thicker, you can add more rice flour. Also, you may add brown sugar according to your taste.
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