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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: No-Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • 1 cup - rice flour (as per note).
  • 1 tbsp - ghee.
  • 1 tbsp - sugar.
  • 1 cup - soft jaggery grated or crushed.
  • 4 cups - fresh coconut grated without brown skin (for coconut milk as per note).
  • 1/2 tsp - ginger powder.
  • 1/2 tsp- cumin powder.
  • 1/2 tsp- cardamom powder.
  • Banana leaf squares (approx. 6-7 inches).

How to Make Prathamams

  • Make a thick batter of rice flour, water and 1/2 tbsp melted ghee.
  • Batter should coat back of spoon when poured.
  • Warm leaf a bit over fire, spread a ladleful batter over it.
  • Leave a side margin to avoid over running.
  • Roll and secure with twine, if required.
  • Place rolls in a perforated compartment of a steamer.
  • Pour water to boil in the lower compartment, fix shut.
  • Put on fire, allow to cook for 10-12 mins.
  • Remove from fire, cool and untie.
  • Peel and cut into small pieces.
  • Dissolve 1/2 cup water and jaggery, strain into deep vessel.
  • Boil mixture to one thread consistency.
  • Add pieces of rice batter and rich coconut milk.
  • Cook and simmer till reduced to 3/4 in volume. Add medium coconut milk, stir.
  • Add sugar, stir to dissolve, allow to boil.
  • Simmer and cook, stirring frequently till thickened.
  • Dissolve cumin, cardamom, ginger powders in 1/2 cup thin milk.
  • Add to mixture, allow to simmer, till thickened. If too thick, one may add some thin milk, and bring to a boil.
  • Check sweetness, every time coconut milk is added, and adjust sugar if required.
  • Serve hot.