Sep 3, 2008

Modak/Kozhakattai recipe(deep fried) for Ganesh Chathurthi!!!

I thought of blogging about my modaks today itself though I was a bit busy as well as tired. We did not have a elaborate pooja. I and my one year old kid celebrated ganesh chathurthi doing a Ganapati arti and neivedyam .
Traditionally in Tamilnadu, the modaks or kozhakattais are made by stuffing the poornam in processed rice flour and steaming it. But the laborious process was difficult for me to manage along with the kid. So I made by the easier version though this was also a bit time consuming. It tasted good. So here is how I made them.

Outer cover-
Plain flour/maida- 1cup
salt- 1tsp
ghee- 1tsp

Stuffing/poornam/puran -
Grated coconut- 1cup
Jaggery- 1cup
Cardamom powder- 1tsp
Grated nutmeg-a small pinch
Milk- 1/2cup(optional,can do without milk also)
Ghee- 1tbspn
Oil for deep frying

Make a smooth dough with the flour adding salt and ghee with some water. Keep it aside.
Now for the stuffing preperation, heat a heavy bottomed pan. Add jaggery and stir till it liquifies. Now add grated coconut, cardamon powder ,nutmeg. Mix well. Take care, it does not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Now add milk if using. Keep stirring till it thickens adding ghee in between.
Now make small balls with the dough. Roll each ball into a small circle. Keep the sweet stuffing in the center and seal from the top as shown in the picture below.
modak Repeat the same with all the balls. Deep fry them to a golden colour.
modakmodak I am sending this to Purva and priti who are hosting the Indian festive food event!!
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