Aug 23, 2009

Kozhukattai recipe (sweet and savoury version) for Ganesh Chaturthi

Creative Saga wishes all its readers a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!
Lord Ganesha has always been a favourite God equally among the children as well as the grown ups. Ganesh chatuturthi is celeberated in a grand manner in India . As children, we used to eagerly feast on the different types of modakam or kozhakattai on this day. My mom used to make the sweet and savoury fillings stuffed in rice flour shells as well as the in the maida/all purpose flour.
Pooja of Lord Ganesha at my place today morning- See picture below
Offerings to The Lord- picture below
I always thought this variety involves a very elaborate and labourious procedure and never attempted to make them. But this year, I was determined to learn it from my grand mom. I realized that it was not that difficult if you do not go wrong right from the beginning. So , I decided to post step by step pictures and procedure so that is easier for the beginners as well for my reference when I make them again. You can also try the easier version which I made last year.

sweet kozhukattai
Sweet kozhukattai
uppu /savoury kozhukattai
Uppu/savoury kozhukattai

For the outer shell
Rice flour- 3- 4 cups
Oil- 1tbsp
Sweet version/purnam
Chana dal- 1cup
Udid dal - 1/4cup(optional)
Jaggery- 1 cup
Cardamom powder- 1tsp
Coconut grated- 1tbsp(optional)
poornam recipe

Savoury version-
Udid dal- 1cup
Coconut gratings- 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Green chillies- 2-3
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Salt- to taste
Oil- 1bsp

For the outer shell-
Heat 1/2 a cup of water in a heavy bottomed pan. Add a tablespoon of oil in it. In another bowl containing another half cup of water along with oil, add the rice flour in it and mix well into a thin consistency. Pour this in the pan.
Keep stirring this mixture till it forms a thick paste.kozhakattai Add a tablesppon of maida in this and mix well. Maida will prevent formation of cracks when steamed.
Allow this to cool a little.
For the stuffing/poornam-
You can make this the previous day itself and store it in the refrigerator.
Sweet /poornam
Roast chana dal and udid dal till they turn golden brown. Soak them in water till they turn soft. Grind this in a blender. Now melt the jaggery adding few drops of water. Add the dal paste along with cardamom powder and coconut gratings and keep stirring to a thick paste.( you should be able to make them into balls.
Sweet poornam- picture below
Savoury version-
Soak udid dal for 2-3 hours. Blend this along with green chillies and salt to form a coarse mixture.(like that of the dal vadas)
Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and add the ground mixture along with coconut gratings. Stir for sometime. Shape them into oval pieces as shown in the picture below.kozhakattai Assembling them-
Make thick discs with processed rice flour. Wet your palms with water/oil mixture so that the floour doesn't stick too much. Place the filling on the disc and seal them well.
kozhakattaikozhakattai Steam the modaks/kozhakattais for around 15 minutes.kozhakattai


Pooja said...

happy vinayaka chathurthi to u too ! lovely pics !

Varunavi said...

Happy vinayaka chavati and liked the step by step pics :)

Priti said...

Nice pics....all delicacy looks yum..thanks for the entry

LG said...

Happy Ganesha Festival. Kozakattais look yummy :)

notyet100 said...

Lovely pics Sowmya,wish u and ur family Happy Ganesha Chaturthi...

chakhlere said...

wow!! I love modak too much!! Just send me some..:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Delicious dishes & lovely pictures.

Sanghi said...

Yummy yummy kozhukattais.. lovely pictures sowmya!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Priya Narasimhan said...

wish you also a happy ganesh chathurti. nice post..we also made the same snacks for lord ganesha.

Valarmathi said...

Nice pics. Happy Ganesha Festival.

Nithya said...

Lovely celebration and nice tutorial for making the dishes. :)

Wish you a very happy chathurthi too.

Sush said...

such a nice way of presenting the dish.., lovely Sowmya
Happy ganesha festival :)

Chitra said...

HAppy chathurthi and lovely post with ganesha symboilsm..looks gud :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

Nice decorations dear..yummy delights..Please do check my blog for my First cooked food participate in it

Parita said...

very nice post, lovely pictures, happy ganesh chaturthi!

Doloncookbook said...

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to you and family dear ... Nice pictures ..

Sireesha said...

Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)
Pooja looks Divine....What a lovely spread .
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Cilantro said...

Happy Vinayakaya Chaturthi!

srikars kitchen said...

Lovely dishes.. looks really perfect & delicious..

Illatharasi said...

Hope you are having lots of fun.... yummy dishes:)

Indrani said...

Happy ganesha chutarthi to u and ur family..have fun

Kitchen Flavours said...

Belated wishes dear......hope u had yum time....

Sowmya said...

Kozhukattais have come real good...nice pics sowmya :)

Vijitha Shyam said...

Happy vinayagar chathurti! awesome pics. I am craving for some kozhukattais now :-)

Shri said...

Nice Pictures!!I am yet to post my version.Yours look very yummy.

Usha said...

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi Sowmya, lovely pictures :-)

Pari said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog, helping me explore urs. nice kozhikattai.

Divya Kudua said...

Great pics Sowmya..Modaks have come out so well,nice step by step pics..:)

Lavi said...

Kozhukattai Super Sowmya!

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vidhas said...

Lovely dishes and nice way of explaniation. looks yum sowmya

Cham said...

After many years I celebrated Ganesh Chadur in India! Love the kozhukattai step pict!

Sukanya said...

So many different types of Kozhakattais and prasadams made for the lord. Iam sure Lord Ganesha had a grand feast at your house.

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