Ammini kozhukattai also known as Ammani / mani kozhukattai in Tamil, mini rice balls in English, Undrallu/Bellam Kudumulu in Telugu is a very easy to make kozhukattai variety. People make sweet and spicy version of this kolukattai for evening snacks and during Ganesh Chaturthi festival as an offering to God. Long back I shared ammini kozhukattai under low calorie snack. But this is the first time I tried sweet ammini kozhukattai i.e Vella Kozhukattai and masala ammini kozhukattai/Spicy kozhukattai. Sweet kozhukattai can be prepared in various ways. I made this with store bought rice flour by directly cooking it in jaggery syrup just like sweet pidi kozhukattai. Usually I make kozhukattai with store bought idiyappam flour but this time I tried with Anil kozhukattai maavu. It came out super soft, delicious and flavorful. If you are looking for an easy sweet kozhukattai recipe without making pooranam/stuffing part, this is the best choice. Kids would love it too. Even bachelors can try this for Ganesha pooja. Make this easy, cute looking sweet ammini kozhukattai/ Inippu kozhukattai for this Vinayaka chaturthi festival and enjoy ! Lets see how to prepare soft and tasty sweet ammini kozhukattai with step by step photos !
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Sweet Ammini Kozhukattai Recipe
Ammini kozhukattai/ mani kozhukattai - Sweet version using store bought rice flour and jaggery.
Rice flour - 1/2 cup ( I used Anil Kozhukattai flour)
Grated jaggery or powdered jaggery - 1/4 cup
Water - 3/4 -1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
Oil - to grease hands and idli plate
Take the powdered jaggery in a kadai. Add 3/4 to 1 cup of water and heat it. Melt the jaggery and strain it with a metal strainer.
After straining the syrup, boil it till frothy. Simmer the flame and add grated coconut, cardamom powder. Mix well & boil. Add the measured rice flour. Mix well till all the syrup is absorbed by the rice flour. It will become a thick, soft dough.
After the dough turns warm, make small balls by greasing your hands with oil. Grease the idli plate with gingely oil or cooking oil. Boil the water in an idli pot or kadai. Keep the idli plate only after the water starts to roll boil. Steam it for 5-7 minutes. Do not steam for more time. It will make the balls hard.
To check whether its cooked, take one ball and drop in a plate. If it bounces, ball is cooked. If it sticks to the plate, balls are not cooked. Switch off the flame after the balls are cooked. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then remove the balls in a plate.Enjoy ! I garnished with grated coconut & served it.
Add more jaggery if you need more sweetness. You can add upto 1/3 cup. I felt adding 1/4 cup itself was sufficient.
Water quantity depends on the flour you use
Homemade rice flour may need lesser water.
Do not steam the balls for more time. It will become hard. To avoid this, place the idli plate only after the water in the idli pot starts to roll boil. By doing this way, kozhukattai gets cooked fast and remains soft too.
Try this easy sweet kozhukattai for this Ganesh chaturthi and enjoy your celebration !