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    Kozhukattai varieties

Every year we make 3 kozhukattai varieties for Ganesh chaturthi prasadam. In this post, 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 idiyappam flour / kozhukattai flour . I have given some tips at the end of the post to get crack free, soft 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, Happy Ganesh chathurthi to all my blogger friends and readers. Hope you all had a great celebration.. For the past one week I have seen all the blogs filled with kozhukattai recipes. 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 home.

Do check out this video of making Kozhukattai varieties !

Now coming to recipes with the required ingredients picture,

Kozhukattai maavu and pooranam


1 cup - 250ml
  • Processed Rice flour or  Idiyappam flour or kozhuakttai flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 1.5 cups ( Quantity varies, so keep some excess hot water ready in hand)
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt –  1/2 tsp

  • 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.
How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Add more water if required. Mix well and make a whole mass like chapatti dough. (initially you 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
How to make kozhukattai dough

  • Always make the pooranam first & then make the outer covering..


Ellu pooranam

1 cup - 250ml

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


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

  • 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.
ellu pooranam kozhukattai

  • 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.
ellu pooranam 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.
ellu pooranam kozhukattai
  • 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)
ellu pooranam kozhukattai
  • Follow the same for all the sesame seeds balls.


sweet pooranam

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)

  • 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.

Kadalai paruppu pooranam

  •  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.

Kadalai paruppu pooranam

  • 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 you add the water, sooner the pooranam will start to leave the sides and becomes thick.. Stuffing will be ready)
Kadalai paruppu pooranam
  • Make small balls out of the stuffing and keep ready.
  • The unused stuffing can be refrigerated and used for 10 to 15 days.
Kadalai paruppu pooranam


  • 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 your left hand fingers.
Kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai
  • 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.
Kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai
  • Now open the mould , you’ll get a nicely shaped kozhukattai.
  • Follow the same for the remaining .. Steam it in idly pot for 10  mins and enjoy !!
Kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai

sweet pooranam kozhukattai
  • The same pooranam can be done using coconut alone. For that, chana 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. i.e 1:1 would be enough.


ulundu pooranam

Ulundu pooranam

1 cup - 250ml
  • 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

  • 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)
ulundhu pooranam kozhukattai
  •  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.
ulundhu pooranam kozhukattai
  • 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.
ulundu pooranam kozhukattai
  • 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.
ulundu pooranam kozhukattai
  • Finally add the grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.

  • Take a big gooseberry sized ball of outer covering and press it with your 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.
ulundu pooranam kozhukattaiulundu pooranam kozhukattai

ulundhu kozhukattai

  1. Use good quality rice flour. If you are planning to make by grinding rice, buy raw rice ( in tamil nadu we call as “maavu arisi) i.e. 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. i.e around 1.5-2 cups..
  3. Always add the required water while making the dough.If the dough becomes sticky or dry , you’ll get crack.
  4. Keep the unused dough covered with a wet cloth and then with a lid while you 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 you 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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Prathima Rao said... well explained..!! These look perfect..Happy ganesh chaturthi Chitra..
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Nithu Bala said...

Nice stepwise pictures. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi.

Shama Nagarajan said...

super tempting dear

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

very nice post...lovely recipes...

radha said...

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?

Santosh Bangar said...

this is full treat with delicious dishes

Laavanya said...

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

divya said...

awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!amazing sweets......gorgeous just drooling out here!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

yes so well explained. love this post.

virunthu unna vaanga said...

wow nice elaborate one... yumm yumm kozhukattai...
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Priya Suresh said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Sangeetha M said...

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

Chitra said...

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 :)

Sangeetha Nambi said...

OMG ! What a lovely post... First time to ur space... Love to follow u... said...

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

Unknown said...

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

great-secret-of-life said...

nice and prefect dishes for Chaturthi... Prefect Kozhukattai

Hema said...

Lovely post, yummy kozhukattais..

Unknown said...

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


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turmericnspice said...

Itlooks awesome !! Wonderful pst

Perspectivemedley said...

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

Chitra said...

Thanks :)

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

Instead of urad dal can we use paasi parupu

Chitra said...

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

Gayathri Rajesh said...

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

Chitra said...

Hi you can find plastic ones in nilgiris.

Chitra said...

Hi you can find plastic ones in nilgiris.