Ganesh Chathurthi – Special Hindu Festival

Ganesh Chathurthi or Vinayagar Chathurthi or Vinayak Chathurthi is a big festival celebrated by Hindus all around the world as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. This festival comes around the end of monsoon during Hindu month of Bhadra (between mid-august to mid-September) and it lasts for 10 days which ends with Ananta Chathurdashi.

God Vinayakar
God Vinayakar

See also,

  1. Poornam Kozhukattai or Plain Modak Recipe
  2. Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe
  3. Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe
  4. Ellu Urundai – Sesame Seeds Ladoo Recipe
  5. Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets for the Occasion
  6. What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

See here for list of all Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes – All Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

Though Ananta Chathurdashi marks the day of colourful Ganesha immersion processions, it is actually devoted to the worship of Lord Vishnu and Chathurdashi means 14th as it falls on 14th day of bright fortnight or ‘Shukla Paksha’ in the Hindu month of Bhadra.

Enough said, this festival brings harmony to Hindus where people in community join together in groups and brandish a grandeur Ganesha idol made of clay, raise platforms and worship that deity and do pooja twice everyday till the immersion day. On these 10 days, in every street you will find big colourful Ganesha idols placed and worshipped by everyone with devotional music and chants and offerings to God which brings people together in spirituality.

People also place their own small Ganesha idols at home and do pooja twice daily and offer pure water along with milk, honey and sweets and worship until the immersion day. Lord Ganesha, being my favourite God, is always worshipped first by Hindus before starting any puja, marriage or special occasions or almost any task.

See here for Sweets made for this occasion.

Lord Ganesha is known as Destroyer of Obstacles and is also a symbol of Wisdom. Let’s celebrate this Ganesh Chathurthi so that our obstacles are heard by the Lord and we gain wisdom and spread happiness among everyone.

“Ganapati Bappa Morya, Purchyaya Varshi Laukariya” (O Great Lord Ganesha, come again early next year). 🙂

See also,

  1. Poornam Kozhukattai or Plain Modak Recipe
  2. Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe
  3. Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe
  4. Ellu Urundai – Sesame Seeds Ladoo Recipe
  5. Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets for the Occasion
  6. What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

See here for list of all Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes – All Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

All Variations of Kozhukattai or Modak Recipes – Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Kozhukattai is mainly prepared during the Ganesh Chathurthi festival. Lord Ganesha is known to be fond of sweets and kozhukattai is one of the savouries offered to him during the festival.

See here for more about the festival – Ganesh Chathurthi

There are many types of Kozhukattai made in different parts of India during this festival. The Poornam Kozhukattai is also known as Modak or Modhakam.

See also, Modak Recipe

These types of Kozhukattai below are mostly prepared in South India for Ganesh Chathurthi.

What all you need?

For all varieties Kozhukattai dough:

  • Raw Rice – 2 cups
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 2 ½ to 3 cups (quantity might differ according to rice variety)

For Poornam Kozhukattai:

  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup (adjust as per sweetness you desire)
  • Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted Bengal gram – 1/4 cup
  • Ghee – 1/2 tbsp

Kozhukattai dough preparation:

  • Soak the raw rice for 2 hours and then drain the water completely. Spread the rice across a clean cloth to remove remaining water.
  • Then grind this raw rice into fine powder and sift it to remove the coarse particles. (You can make this raw rice powder beforehand and use it for multiple recipes. It also saves time during festival days)
  • Boil 2 ½ to 3 cups of water with 1 tbsp of oil in a pan.
  • Now add the raw rice powder while stirring continuously so that it is mixed well without lumps.
  • Then transfer the dough to a clean cloth and knead well while it is hot to make it soft without lumps.
  • Our Kozhukattai dough is ready.

For Poornam Kozhukattai: See this full recipe here Poornam Kozhukattai or Plain Modak Recipe

  • In a mixer, coarsely grind the Roasted Bengal gram with grated coconut.
  • Heat a pan and add the above mixture with mashed jaggery and cardamom powder and mix well in low flame.
  • Jaggery will melt and it will form a sticky consistency mixture. Now add required ghee and mix well.
  • Let this poornam mixture cool down for some time.
  • Now make small balls of kozhukattai dough and press it with your fingers to spread it in round shape.
  • Make small balls of the poornam mixture and place it in middle of the kozhukattai dough, seal it off in the shape you desire and steam it for 10 to 15 mins.
Poornam Kozhukattai
Poornam Kozhukattai

Your hot Poornam Kozhukattai is ready.

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai: See this full recipe here Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai
Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai

Your hot Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai is ready for you.

For Kara Kozhukattai: See this full recipe here  Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe

Kara Kozhukattai
Kara Kozhukattai

Nice spicy Kara Kozhukattai is ready.

Enjoy the Ganesh Chathurthi festival with these yummy Kozhukattai.

See also,

  1. Poornam Kozhukattai or Plain Modak Recipe
  2. Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe
  3. Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe
  4. Ellu Urundai – Sesame Seeds Ladoo Recipe
  5. Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets for the Occasion
  6. What is Ganesh Chaturthi

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