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August 27, 2014


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Ganesh chaturthi wishes
Hi friends,
Before going to this post,I would like to wish u all a very happy Ganesh chaturthi / Vinayagar chathurthi 2016. May Lord Ganesh showers all his blessings upon us Praying.
Just one day away for Vinayaka Chaturthi( 5th Sep,Monday) and I think u all must be busy in making or buying ganesh idols, things for pooja,flowers etc etc to make a grand celebration in your home. In Tamil nadu,we usually buy a new idol every year,we perform abishekam & pooja by offering fruits, kozhukattai varieties,Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu sundal,Ellu urundai and rice along with full meals including urad dal vada & payasam on Pillayar chathurthi day.On the same day evening, we prepare Sweet appam using wheat flour or rice for naivedyam.The next day morning we keep some fruits and for afternoon, we offer paruppu sadam/Dal rice with ghee.We do the same till we leave the idol in water.Usually we keep the idol in our house for 3 days & this is how we celebrate Ganesh chaturthi in a grand manner Happy. North Indians make modak ( steamed & fried) and ladoo varieties for this festival.
In this post, I have shared all the links for different categories such as easy kozhukattai recipes , authentic kozhukattai varieties, sundal, vada, karijikai recipe and Ladoo varieties in one page for easy & quick reference. I have also shared some small video recipes on how to make kozhukattai dough with approximate water measurement,Eco friendly Ganesh idol using kozhukattai dough and how to shape modak/soppu. Yesterday I posted a full video recipe on “How to prepare kozhukattai easily with stuffing & steaming part” to help beginners. Please click on the specific pictures to view the recipes. I hope all these videos and recipe links would be useful to you all. Do try these recipes and have a great celebration Happy.
Here is the picture of Ganesh idol I bought recently Smile.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh chaturthi special recipes

Ganesh chaturthi special recipes List of Ganesh chaturthi/Vinayagar chathurthi recipes !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Festival
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 15-45 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 25-75 Minutes

Ingredients needed for kozhukattai & vada
  • Homemade rice flour or store bought rice flour
  • Jaggery
  • Oil/ghee
  • Cardamom seeds
  • Water &Salt
  • Urad dal & spices
  • Moong dal
  • Grated Coconut
Ingredients for sundal
  • Chana dal/Chickpeas
  • Grated coconut
  • Green chillies
  • Salt & water
  • Cooking oil/Coconut oil
  • Tempering ingredients
Ingredients for other sweets
  • Rice flour
  • Maida
  • Sugar
  • Grated coconut
  • Cardamom
  • Banana
  • Besan
  • Paneer
  • Rava/sooji
  • Ghee
  • Moong dal
  • Poha/Aval
Click THIS LINK for Payasam Recipes

No onion no garlic lunch menu
No onion - No Garlic lunch menu

South Indian Full meals with serving order
South Indian full meals with serving order

Homemade ganesh idol Easy ellu kozhukattai recipe

  Mothagam/Thenga Pooranam Kozhukattai

Easy sweet pooran kozhukattai Easy paal kozhukattai recipe

Moong dal pooran kozhukattai 3 Kozhukattai varieties

 Chana dal sundal recipe  Ulundu vada with pepper

 Karjikai/Sweet samosa recipe Sweet appam recipe using wheat flour & jaggery




Click THIS LINK for Payasam Recipes


Kozhukattai–Full video recipe

Kozhukattai dough making

Kozhukattai soppu/Cup

How to shape modak

Last but not the least,here are some tips& tricks to avoid breaking or cracking of kozhukattai

  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 of different quality , not the one we use for pongal.It is cheaper in cost too..
  2. For store bought idiyappam flour and kozhukattai maavu, we need water upto 1.5 cups. For home made processed rice flour , water quantity may vary from 1.5-1.75 cups.
  3. Always add the required water while making the dough.If the dough becomes sticky or dry , u’ll get cracks. Keep the unused dough covered with a wet cloth or a lid while u make modakam.
  4. Its always better to prepare the outer covering after making pooranams/ stuffings to prevent the dough sitting for long time.
  5. U can also add a ladle of milk along with water while making dough.It helps to prevent cracks.
  6. U can refrigerate the unused dough 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. If u feel there is excess water in dal pooranam,add little gram flour to thicken it.For ellu pooranam,add little rice flour.
  8. Apply sesame/gingely oil in ur hands every time when u make the shape.
  9. Always place the idli plate arranged with kozhukattai after the water in the idli pot starts roll boiling.. This helps for quick cooking & also the kozhukattai remains white in color and crack free..
  10. Last but not the least , do not cook the kozhukattai in idli pot for long time which may lead to cracks.( maximum of 7-10 mins is enough)
  11. U can identify the cooked kozhukattai by its shining look..Always remove the kozhukattai after it becomes warm.Do not remove when it is hot. Kozhukattai may break.
      Thanks for visiting this page. Hope u find this page useful.Wish u all a very happy Ganesh chaturthi celebration !

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  1. Nice collections, Chitra......... :)

  2. wonderful collection of recipes dear :) nice idea u have attached videos too

  3. Hi dear u r most welcomed to link recipes to my event Back to school Lunch Ideas :)

  4. this is stalin.R

    thank u. i asked my mother to follow the pooja procedure as given by you.this is first time doing ganesh pooja in home.

    1. Thank u so much Sir.Iam happy to know this :) Hope your mother likes my recipes.


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