Fresh coconut and semolina dumplings in milk

  • Cooking time
    2 hours
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Roshopuli is a type of “pithe” (pronounced pi-thay) or “pitha”. In this Bengali sweet recipe coconut and semolina (sooji) dumplings are cooked in milk flavoured with green cardamom. There is a variety of puli pithe that are made in winter in Bengal.

Pithe is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of sweets prepared during poush sankranti or the rice-harvest festival in Bengal, using rice, date-palm syrup (patali gur), coconut, milk, and flour.

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5 servings
  • 150 g grated coconut
  • 75 g sooji
  • 100 g sugar
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 L whole milk
  • 50 g micchri (rock candy)
  • ¼ tsp salt


Step 1—Make the puli

  1. In a heated pan, add freshly grated coconut, semolina (suji), sugar and cardamom powder.
  2. Stir the mixture on low heat until the sugar melts and the whole mixture turns sticky and forms a lump. This should take about 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture on to a plate and allow it to cool—just enough to handle safely.
  4. While still hot, divide the mixture into 8 gram portions.
  5. Working quickly, roll each portion into a round ball, then roll in a single direction to form an oval shape.

Step 2—Cook the puli

  1. Meanwhile heat milk in a pan. Once it comes to a boil, let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add a quarter of the total mishri now.
  3. Add the salt. Don’t skip the salt, it balances the sweetness.
  4. Add the puli now. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring gently and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan.
  5. You will see that the puli will start floating to the surface. Cut into a puli and taste it to see if it has cooked all the way through to the centre.
  6. Now, add the rest of the mishri.
  7. Continue reducing the milk until it reaches a sauce like consistency—about 10 more minutes.
  8. Serve while slightly warm.

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