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.
Your hot Poornam Kozhukattai is ready.
Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai: See this full recipe here Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe
Your hot Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai is ready for you.
For Kara Kozhukattai: See this full recipe here Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe
Nice spicy Kara Kozhukattai is ready.
Enjoy the Ganesh Chathurthi festival with these yummy Kozhukattai.