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

Uppu/savoury kozhukattai


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

Savoury version-


  • Cuisine: south indian
  • Course: dessert
  • Cooking Technique: Steaming
  • Preparation Time: 30 mins
  • Cooking Time: 60 mins


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


    For the outer shell-
  1. 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.
  2. Keep stirring this mixture till it forms a thick paste.

    Add a tablesppon of maida in this and mix well. Maida will prevent formation of cracks when steamed.

  3. Allow this to cool a little.
    For the stuffing/poornam
  1. You can make this the previous day itself and store it in the refrigerator.
  2. Sweet /poornam
  3. 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.
  4. Sweet poornam- picture below
  5. Savoury version
  6. 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)
  7. 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.

    Assembling them-

  8. 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.
  9. Steam the modaks/kozhakattais for around 15 minutes.

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  1. happy vinayaka chathurthi to u too ! lovely pics !

  2. Happy vinayaka chavati and liked the step by step pics 🙂

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

  4. Taste of Mysore

    Happy Ganesha Festival. Kozakattais look yummy 🙂

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

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

  7. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    Delicious dishes & lovely pictures.

  8. Yummy yummy kozhukattais.. lovely pictures sowmya!

  9. Home Cooked Oriya Food

    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

  10. Priya Narasimhan

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

  11. Nice pics. Happy Ganesha Festival.

  12. Lovely celebration and nice tutorial for making the dishes. 🙂 Wish you a very happy chathurthi too.

  13. such a nice way of presenting the dish.., lovely SowmyaHappy ganesha festival 🙂

  14. HAppy chathurthi and lovely post with ganesha symboilsm..looks gud 🙂

  15. Shama Nagarajan

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

  16. very nice post, lovely pictures, happy ganesh chaturthi!

  17. Doloncookbook

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

  18. Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)Pooja looks Divine….What a lovely spread .Soup ‘N Juice Event is goin on in my blog.Please do participate in it.

  19. Happy Vinayakaya Chaturthi!

  20. srikars kitchen

    Lovely dishes.. looks really perfect & delicious..

  21. Illatharasi

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

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

  23. Lubna Karim

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

  24. Kozhukattais have come real good…nice pics sowmya 🙂

  25. Happy vinayagar chathurti! awesome pics. I am craving for some kozhukattais now 🙂

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

  27. Happy Ganesh Chathurthi Sowmya, lovely pictures 🙂

  28. Pari Vasisht

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

  29. Divya Kudua

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

  30. Kozhukattai Super Sowmya! I have few awards for you on my blog, Do Check it. http://homecookreceipes.blogspot.com/2009/08/awards-and-meme.html

  31. Lovely dishes and nice way of explaniation. looks yum sowmya

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

  33. 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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