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September 19, 2012

3 KOZHUKATTAI VARIETIES | GANESH CHATURTHI RECIPES

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Happy Ganesh chathurthi to all my blogger friends. Hope u all had a great celebration.. For the past one week I have seen all the blogs filled with kozhukattai recipes Smile .I was not able to do it. And now not too late ,iam posting the recipes of kozhukattai with a picture of celebration at our homeWinking smile . Every year we make 3 kozhukattai varieties for Ganesh chaturthi prasadam. So I’ve given how to make kozhukattai dough/Kolukattai maavu along with the recipes of ellu pooranam , sweet pooranam and ulundhu kozhukattai which we make every year. I learnt all these recipes from my MIL. Usually we make processed rice flour at home for the outer covering. This time I made the job easier with store bought rice flour . I have given some tips at the end of the post to get crack free kozhukattai . Hope it will be useful for beginners. Do try these recipes , enjoy and get the blessings from Lord Ganesh !! Ok, lets see how to make varieties of kozhukattai recipe with step by step pictures below. Before that,

Do check out this video 






Now coming to recipes with the required ingredients picture,

Kozhukattai maavu and pooranam




INGREDIENTS

FOR KOZHUKATTAI DOUGH
1 cup - 250ml
  • Rice flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 1.5 cups ( keep some excess hot water ready in hand)
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt –  1/2 tsp

METHOD
  • In a broad bowl , take the flour and add the salt.Mix well and set aside.
  • Now in a bowl, take the required water and add a tsp of sesame oil.
  • Let it boil for few seconds in high flame.When it starts to roll boil, switch off the flame and add the water to the flour little by little. Mix the flour with a wooden ladle.
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  • Add more water if required. Mix well and make a whole mass like chapatti dough. (initially u need a ladle to mix but when the dough becomes warm, mix it well with ur hands to make a soft , non- sticky dough..)
  • Apply a tsp of sesame oil over the dough to cover it. ( this prevents the dough from drying) .Cover it with wet cloth and lid , set aside. Have a look at this VIDEO for more details
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  • Always make the pooranam first & then make the outer covering..


ELLU POORANAM KOZHUKATTAI


Ellu balls


ELLU POORANAM

Check this link for easy,no cook ellu pooranam kozhukattai 

  • Black sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
  • Powdered jaggery – 1/3 to 1/2 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 3 tbsp
  • Salt – a pinch

METHOD

  • In a kadai , dry roast the sesame seeds till it splutter with a nice smell.


  • In a bowl, take the powdered jaggery and cover it with little water.
  • After it melts , strain the impurities and then add the grated coconut, cardamom powder and roasted sesame seeds.

  • Mix till it starts to leave the sides of pan and becomes thick. Do not mix for long time. It will become hard and difficult to roll balls. Remove in a plate and divide into small portions. 

  • After it turns warm, roll into tight balls by greasing your hands with sesame oil. If the sesame seeds crumble while rolling, add 2 tsp water, mix well and again heat for a minute. Start rolling balls when warm. It will work.


TO MAKE ELLU POORANA KOZHUKATTAI

  • Take a big gooseberry sized ball from the dough and roll it by greasing ur hands.
  • Pat it with ur palm and make it flat like a thattuvadai.
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  • Keep the ellu poorana ball in the center and bring all the corners towards the center and make a coconut shape.( Grease ur hands with oil whenever required)
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  • Follow the same for all the sesame seeds balls.


SWEET POORANAM | KADALAI PARUPPU POORANAM |
DAL POORANAM | THENGAI POORANAM

sweet pooranam[4]

INGREDIENTS
1 CUP - 250ML
To make 15 to 20 kozhukattai
  • Chana dal \ Kadalai paruppu – 1/2 cup
  • Powdered jaggery –  3/4 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos (powdered)
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – a pinch (optional)

METHOD
  • Pressure cook chana dal by adding the required water and a drop of oil.Drain the water . Grind or mix well it to make a paste without adding water and set aside.




  •  In a bowl, take the powdered jaggery and add little water to cover it.When its melted , strain to remove impurities OR if the jaggery is pure, add it directly to the mashed dal along with grated coconut.



  • If using syrup, strain it. Wash the kadai and add the syrup, grated coconut and cooked dal, cardamom powder( please do not add water, the coconut itself leaves water which will be enough.)
  • Mix well until the mixture leaves the sides and becomes a thick whole mass. ( Do not add water while adding the dal paste because the lesser u add the water , sooner the pooranam will start to leave the sides and becomes thick.. Stuffing will be ready)
  • Make small balls out of the stuffing and keep ready.
  • The unused stuffing can be refrigerated and used for 10 to 15 days.



TO MAKE SWEET POORANAM KOZHUKATTAI

  • I Used a ready made kozhukattai mould  to make a good shape.
  • U can also try the shape which i mentioned under ellu kozhukattai to make coconut shape. I’ve explained using mould here. Take the mould, open it and grease it with gingely oil.Take a small ball from the Kozhukattai dough and keep it inside the mould. Just spread it all the sides till 3/4 of the mould by keeping the center empty. Now close the mould and press it with ur left hand fingers.
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  • Now place the dal pooran ball in the center.Take a small berry sized ball and place it on the top of the dal pooranam and close it well.
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  • Now open the mould , u’ll get a nicely shaped kozhukattai.
  • Follow the same for the remaining ..Steam it in idly pot for 10  mins and enjoy !!
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sweet pooranam kozhukattai
NOTE:
  • The same pooranam can be done using coconut alone. For that,channa dal is not needed.Just make the jaggery syrup , add the grated coconut , cardamom powder & mix till it leaves the sides.
  • Remove & stuff it using the above said procedure.
  • For thengai pooranam , jaggery can be less.ie 1:1 would be enough.

ULUNDHU KOZHUKATTAI / SPICY URAD DAL KOZHUKATTAI/UPPU KOZHUKATTAI

ulundu pooranam

Ulundu pooranam

INGREDIENTS
  • Urad dal – 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies – 2-3 nos
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
  • Grated coconut -  1/4 cup
  • Asafetida / hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
to temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Hing –1/4 tsp

METHOD
  • Soak urad dal in water for 30 mins .Drain the water and grind it along with green chillies , hing , ginger and salt to a coarse paste without adding water. (just run the mixie once or twice)
  •  In a idli pot , grease the idli plate and spread the ground urad dal mixture.Make a hole in the center for uniform cooking..Steam it for 15 mins.
  • After it cools down , crumble the mixture using ur hands and run it in the mixie once or twice for easy perfect crumbling and keep it ready.
  • In a kadai , temper the mustard seeds , urad dal and curry leave with a pinch of hing.,Then add the crumbled urad dal mixture and mix well.
  • Finally add the grated coconut , mix well and switch off the flame.

TO MAKE ULUNDU KOZHUKATTAI
  • Take a big gooseberry sized ball of outer covering and press it with ur palm to flatten it.
  • Keep the filling in the center and fold one side to make a semi circle.
  • Fold the edges towards inside to decorate it or leave it as it is !
  • Steam in idly pot for 10 mins and remove.
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ulundhu kozhukattai


TIPS FOR MAKING KOZHUKATTAI WITHOUT CRACKS
  1. Use good quality rice flour. If u r planning to make by grinding rice, buy raw rice ( in tamil nadu we call as “maavu arisi) ie. the rice used for making rice flour..Its a different quality , not the one we use for pongal.It is cheaper in cost too..
  2. I use store bought rice flour - Idiyappam flour or Anil kozhukattai maavu. I always add 1.5 cups of water adding a tsp of oil for making dough. For home made rice flour , more water may be needed. ie around 1.5-2 cups..
  3. Always add the required water while making the dough.If the dough becomes sticky or dry , u’ll get crack.
  4. Keep the unused dough covered with a wet cloth and then with a lid while u make modakam.
  5. Its always better to prepare the outer covering after making pooranams/ stuffings to prevent the dough sitting for long time.
  6. U can refrigerate the unused dough covered by wet cloth be keeping in an air tight box & use the next day or the same evening.
  7. Pooranam can be prepared the previous day and refrigerated.
  8. Apply sesame/gingely oil in ur hands every time when u make the shape.
  9. Last but not the least , do not cook the kozhukattai in idli pot for long time which may lead to cracks.( maximum of 8-10 mins is enough)
  10. Always place the idli plate filled with kozhukattai after the water in the idli pot starts roll boiling.. This helps for quick cooking and also the kozhukattai remains white in color and crack free.
  11. U can identify the cooked kozhukattai by its shining look..
  12. Always remove the kozhukattai after it becomes warm. Do not remove when it is hot. Kozhukattai may break.
Wish you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi :)
Here is the picture of our Ganesh Chaturthi celebration at home :)

Ganesh Chathurthi Celebration

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30 comments :

  1. wow...so well explained..!! These look perfect..Happy ganesh chaturthi Chitra..
    Prathima Rao
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  2. Nice stepwise pictures. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi.

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  3. Nice elaborate explanation. I make the kozhukattai every year and each year I take so much time with the covering. The taste is always good. Where can you get the mould? And can you make a thin covering?

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  4. this is full treat with delicious dishes

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  5. What tasty kozhukattais and a beautiful detailed post. Looks like you all had a wonderful celebration.

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  6. awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!amazing sweets......gorgeous clicks....am just drooling out here!

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  7. yes so well explained. love this post.

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  8. wow nice elaborate one... yumm yumm kozhukattai...
    HAPPY VINAYAGAR CHATHURTHI TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
    Today: My Glass Painting of Vinayagar
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  9. Happy vinayagar chathurthi wishes to you too..Such a detailed and beautiful post, useful for many of us..

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  10. thanks for the perfect measurements.. it s really helpful for me..

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  11. wow...well elaborate post, all 3 kozhukattais looks so yumm...seems u had a great celebration n enjoyed with those delicious Prasad rt?! :)

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  12. Thanks all :) @ radha, i got the mould from my native in tamilnadu.hope u can get in big stores..Yes , we can make thin covering :)

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  14. Nice Menu... Perfect for Ganesh Chaturthi.Wishing a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family.

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  15. Very perfect kozhukattai...Clear explanation and Thanks for sharing lovely tips!

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  16. nice and prefect dishes for Chaturthi... Prefect Kozhukattai
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  17. Lovely post, yummy kozhukattais..

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  18. Amazing post!!! All the kozhukkattai in one post!!! very detailed and informative and very helpful stepwise pictures!!!

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  19. Wow... awesome step by step pics! appreciate all the time and effort!.. looks yummy!

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  20. I think this tips will help me a lot sister thank you

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  21. I think this tips will help me a lot sister thank you

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  22. Instead of urad dal can we use paasi parupu

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    1. Yes, u can use.No need to soak it but u should cook till it blossoms not mushy :)

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  23. Where can I find the KOZHUKATTAI MOULD in Bangalore/Chennai/Hyderabad as I am planning to buy for me and my sisters.

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    1. Hi you can find plastic ones in nilgiris.

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    2. Hi you can find plastic ones in nilgiris.

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