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May 12, 2009


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I prepared this kozhukatai on Chitra pournami day and offered to God along with raw mango pachadi , panagam and neer mor.I am very happy,i tried this kozhukattai on my own for the first time.So far my aunty(MIL) was there with me and she used to make all these and i was just a listener.Now my in-laws are in my native,so i was in a position to do it..Thank God,it turned out so well..It dint break,,it was very soft as i expected..Smile Surprised


  • Rice flour – 2 cups
  • Powdered jaggery – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2 –3/4 cups (it varies)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut –1/4 cup



  • Heat a pan with 1/2 cup of water and add the powdered jaggery to it.Let it melt and strain the impurities if any..
  • The syrup starts to boil and becomes frothy ..Now add the grated coconut,cardamom powder along with rice flour.
  • Mix well till it becomes like a chapatti dough.If the water is not sufficient,add little hot water..(keep the hot water ready before this step).First i used 1/2 cup of water to make the syrup,then i added 1/4 cup of hot water.If u feel the water is more,add rice flour..No problem:) .Now remove from the flame and let it cool.
  • Grease the idly maker plates with gingely oil .
  • Make oval shaped balls with the dough and just press it with ur fingers.(U can get an idea by looking at the picture)
  • Steam it in the idly maker as u make idlies..
Sweet pidi kozhukkatai is ready!!



  • Popularly known as the “medicinal sugar”, jaggery has various health benefits to help in overall wellness of a person.
  • Jaggery is a pure, wholesome, unrefined whole sugar which contains the natural goodness of minerals and vitamins.
  • Produced from sugarcanes, jaggery is a healthy alternative to white refined sugar.
Given below are some reasons why jaggery should be included in one’s diet.
  • Jaggery has sucrose and glucose but along with that, it also has good amount of minerals and vitamins needed for the healthy functioning of the body.
  • While diabetic people are often advised replacing sugar with jaggery, you need to be careful as the latter may cause sudden spike of blood sugar levels.
  • Jaggery is also known to be a good source of magnesium which in turn helps in relieving fatigue along with relaxation of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It thus helps in relieving the symptoms of asthma, migraine, tension and soreness in muscles.
  • Jaggery is also a good source of potassium and this along with low amounts of sodium helps to maintain blood pressure and reduces water retention.
  • Not to forget, jaggery is very good for anemic people as it is a good source of iron that helps in increasing hemoglobin level in the body.
  • It is also a very good source of manganese and selenium and thus acts as an antioxidant scavenging free radicals from the body.
  • In addition, jaggery also possesses moderate amounts of calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Jaggery thus helps to maintain optimum health and it also helps in the purification of blood, along with preventing rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile.
  • Karippatti kaappi, or a palm jaggery coffee doesn’t have any trace of coffee, but has karippatti as main ingredient, with variable ingredients like tulsi leaves, pepper, thippali or Indian long pepper. The preparation is indeed very simple.  karippatti and water are taken in a vessel and heated till boiling. Add the other ingredients. Boil till the karippatti pieces dissolve completely. Drink it warm. A quick fix medicine for common cold, cough etc, it dissolves mucus and clears the throat.
  • Sometimes sugarcane jaggery (jaggery) too is used for same purpose, but is far less effective. Why is it healthy?
    Jaggery, being a wholesome sugar, without doubt is rich in the vitally important mineral salts: 2.8 grams per 100 grams, that is to say 28 grams per kilogram, while only 300 milligrams per kilogram is found in refined sugar. 
    Magnesium strengthens the nervous system & potassium is vital to conserve the acid balance in the cells and combats acids and acetone.
    Jaggery is very rich in iron, which a composite of hemoglobin prevents anemia.
    • Looking at the high nutritional value of jaggery and its numerous health benefits, one should eat this regularly to enhance one’s overall health.


I tried this channa pulao from viki’s kitchen.It was very good.I made it for my husband’s lunch box.I just reduced the  number of red chillies ( i used only 3 nos) , rest the same.U can find the actual recipe here..Thanks viki..Right Hug i’ve got a healthy rice recipe  from u:)

channa pulao



  1. Oh wow nice blog makeover.....Looks spicy and neat....Pidi Kozhukattai sounds new to me....Mango chutney looks yummy....

  2. both the dishes look chutney looks yummy :)

  3. Hi Chitra,
    nice dishes u've made wish I also could get a lunch box parceld :)
    the T&T looks wow.

  4. Wow this mom made a lot during or school days. Brings back good memories.
    Looks yumm.

  5. Both the dishes are looking yummy chithra..

  6. Both are looks delicious..fantastic

  7. Looks delicious :) And the pulao too..healthy one!

  8. wow!! mango chutney!!thats nice!! and that kozhukattais looks soo cute n yummy, all at the same time!

  9. That looks of my favorite snacks ever.

  10. first time here. ur blog is cool.i have never had pidi kuzhakkatai ..its so new to me.

  11. wow! sonds intesting Thanks will give it a try soon

  12. Wow pidikozhukattai superaa irruku Chitra:)

  13. The kozukattais look perfect Chitra :)

  14. hi, chitra, kozhukottai looks very nice, i have never had it, it's new to me and will make it some time...., good it came out well, you must be a good listener too....

  15. OMG, looks so good... with mangos these kollukattai's should taste great and yummy!!! Your MIL should be proud of you!!!

  16. I have not had it before, it is new to me, but looks yumm. Will give a try.

  17. Great going CHitra..amazing dishes..:)

  18. Hmm..Never had sweet version of this...looks interesting..

  19. I make during Aadi masam for Maavilakku. Not a big fan of this.
    Yours have come out well.

    Liked the new look of your blog.

  20. Chana pulao is my fav too.....and ur blog looks neat

  21. I've never had those before - look like delicious snacks!

  22. Hi chitra thats looking so good and i have tasted this when my friends bring it collegue.. I love it . So bookmarked this..

  23. Its new to me but looks nice and tasty.

  24. kozhukattai and manga pachadi, good combination, yummy feast :)

    channa pulao looks healthy and delicious too .

  25. I have not made the sweet version of these - looks yummy.
    Channa pulao looks great too - i made the version on Srivalli's blog.

  26. Pidi kolukkattai..... very authentic dish and long forgotten one too. Thanks for reminding us all. Healthy traditional snacks like this make me nostalgic.Lovely pics too.
    Thanks for trying my channa pulao dear. I feel happy that u liked it.
    It came out pretty well than me dear.

  27. I love mango chutney and the pulao seems great too..

  28. something special for you in my blog.. :)

  29. wow..both the dishes looks delicious...

  30. Hey Chitra...thanks for dropping by at my blog and taking time to leave some valuable comments of urs mom's name is comment was felt too close to my made me feel like it was by my mom itself n i treasure it :) ur blog is too gud dear...ur kolukataai is making me drool...i'm sure gonna play my hands soon on 'em...i've totally forgotten abt 'em..thanx for reminding...

  31. Pidi Kozhukattai is new to chutney looks mouthwatering

  32. Nice dishes. I like the pidi kozhukattai. Its been long time i made this. thanks for sharing.

  33. I can always go for mango chutney! Thanks for all the info on jaggery - I didn't realize all of its health benefits.

  34. Thanku all. @kavi,u touched me:)

  35. nice info about jaggery and kozhukattai looks yum, mango chutney is my fav.


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