Wishing all my dear friends a happy vinayaga chathurthi

Vinayaga chathurthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of lord vinayagar. He is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. During his birthday Modakam and chana dal sundal is prepared as prasadams.

Kozhukattai can be prepared in both sweet and savory versions.Being a sweet tooth person, I prefer sweet. Kozhukkatai are steamed rice dumpling stuffed with poornams we prepare. The most commonly prepared poornam is made  with  kadalla paruppu or channa dal , jaggery and coconut, next is a simple kozhukattai ,where the stuffing is prepared with coconut and jaggery and the last version is the ellu kozhukattai prepared with sesame and jaggery.  I love the poornam kozhukattai and so I am here with the recipe :). First let us prepare the poornam with kadalla paruppu and next the dough with the rice flour

Preparation time : 20 minutes + 30 minutes soaking time
Cooking time        : 30 minutes

For the sweet  filling you need
  • 1 cup channa dhal | kadalla paruppu
  • 1/2 cup of jaggery
  • 1/4 cup of grated coconut
  • A pinch of cardamom powder


Wash and soak channa dal in water for about 30 minutes.

Pressure cook the dal until soft. Drain the excess water and mash the dal. 
Now melt the jaggery in little water ,when it gets dissolved remove from heat and filter it.

Heat up a heavy bottomed pan, add the filtered jaggery and mashed channa dal, stir it until the mixture thickens slightly.

Finally add the grated coconut, cardamom and stir it gently for a couple of minutes or until it blends well.

Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Sweet filling is ready , make equal sized ball out of it and keep it aside.

Now let us start with the outer covering.

Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes

For the outer covering you need
  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. of sesame oil
  • A pinch of salt


Boil water along with salt and oil . Remove from heat.

Now add the boiled water  to the rice flour, little by little and keep stirring.( The water quantity depends on the quality of the rice flour. So for 1 cup of flour use one and half cup of water and then if needed add more water.

Once the mixture turns little thick , knead it well to form a soft dough,neither too dry or sticky. 

The dough for the outer covering is ready, make lemon sized balls out of it and now let us start preparing the kozhukattai's

Kozhukattai preparation - Forming and steaming

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes

Kozhukattai's can be prepared in different shapes , crescent shape which is flat and horizontal , round shape which is the most comfortable, easy way and the final shape is the modakam in vertical shape. 

I have used ready made  mould to shape my kozhukattai's in vertical shape.Grease the mould with little oil, take a lemon sized ball and spread it inside the mould gently,leaving space in the center for the filling.Now keep the poornam ball inside and seal the base with the dough.Finish all the dough and pooranam like above. 

Alternative method - with no mould - Grease your palms with little oil and take a ball made from the dough. Now using your thumb  form a small depression and continue pressing to form a pocket shaped one. Place the poornam inside,bring the edges together and seal the edges using a gentle pressure. Conitunue the same with the rest of the dough and poornam.
Place them in an idly plate and steam cook it for about 5-10 minutes or until done. Remove them gently.

Yummy kozhukkatai's are ready to be served for our vinayagar :)




Raksha said...

Wow these modaks are so well done. Perfect for Ganesh Chaturthi.

meena said...

Aruna,those kozhukattais look so perfect with clean lines. Really inviting!!!

Unknown said...

Looks so perfect Aruna ....yummy ...

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Perfectly made modagam..

PRABHU G said...

Perfect and Nice :)

Prathima Shivraj said...

Perfect modaks. Nice clicks.

great-secret-of-life said...

Perfectly done .. So yum

Kalyani said...

perfect and deliciously done .....

Unknown said...

Perfectly done modak,happy Vinayagar chathurthi to u n ur family dear!!!

Chitra said...

wow, lovely looking modak :)

Asiya Omar said...

wow! what a shape! looks yum.

Unknown said...

kozhukattai are so perfect very well made...

Raks said...

I always love these pretty modakams made with the press. I have to buy one too!