Sweet Kozhakkai Recipe

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India and we welcome Lord Ganesh with the delicious kozhukattai/modak he likes!

Ingredients:

  1. Rice flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1 1/4 cup
  3. Oil -1 tsp
  4. Jaggery – 1 cup
  5. Grated Coconut -1 cup
  6. Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Ghee -1 tbsp
How to Prepare:
  • Heat 1 1/4 cup of water with a tsp of oil.
  • Add the rice flour little by little stirring continuously with a ladle so that there are no lumps.
  • Cook on a low flame for 5 to 7 minutes stirring frequently. (Note: The quantity of water may range from 1 cup -11/2 cups for a cup of rice flour).
  • Switch off when the rice flour water mixture turns to a dough like consistency.
  • Transfer the dough to a plate and let it cool.
  • Keep a small bowl of warm water mixed with 1-2 tsp of oil.
  • Once the dough is warm, dip your finger in the water – oil mix and knead it to a smooth dough.
  • If you feel that the dough is too dry and can break, then sprinkle a little of the water – oil mixture and then knead the dough.
  • Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it aside.
  • For the sweet poornam, melt the jaggery on a low flame in half a cup of water and filter it to remove impurities.
  • Heat the filtered jaggery syrup and when it starts boiling, add grated coconut and mix well.
  • Add a tsp of ghee and cook until it starts to thicken.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well. Allow it to cool.
  • Check if you can make balls out of it. If not, cook for a few more minutes and keep it aside.
  • Make small balls out of it. Grease your palms with oil, place a ball of dough and flatten it into a small circle.
  • You can dip your fingers in water if required. Place a ball of the jaggery poornam, bring all the corners together and close it.
  • Make it into a shape of a ‘choppu kozhukattai’. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.
  • Steam the Kozhukattais on a greased idli plate for 10-12 minutes.
  • Do not overcook because the the rice flour covering may break.
  • Switch off and open the cooker after 5 minutes. Offer it to the Lord and enjoy!
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