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November 13, 2013


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Karthigai deepam kozhukattai
Thirukarthigai/Karthigai deepam falls every year on full moon day of Karthigai, tamil month. Karthigai deepam 2020 ie this year it is on 29(Sunday), November. Generally, kozhukattai is prepared for Ganesh chaturthi. U may wonder why am I posting this kozhukattai recipe for Karthigai deepam festival. In my native place(Tirunelveli ), people used to make this kozhukattai without salt on Karthigai. They make plates and lamps (agal vilakku) using this kozhukattai dough and light it along with the other lamps. The number of plates and lamps should be equal to the number of family members. Usually our people says, it is very auspicious to make this lamp on karthigai deepam for the well-being of family members.

My friend’s mom told that they keep this lamp by praying God to bless their family with health, wealth and peace. My mom also used to do this every year. Not only this lamp, mom makes finger shaped kozhukattai with the remaining dough and offer to God along with pori urundai , appam and maavilakku. As it is salt-less, we used to have this kozhukattai adding lots of grated coconut. We call this as “Neer kozhukattai, uppilla kozhukattai etc.

My MIL also makes this kozhukattai for avvaiyar viratham/Chevvai pillayar viratham. This kozhukattai recipe is known to all of you. But keeping this dough lamp may be new to some of you. So I wanted to share with u all :)..This year, I am going to make this dough deepam/diya for the well-being of my family. Friends, do make this for your family too and get the blessings of God :).Use ghee for lighting the lamp. After the lamp goes off, eat it as prasadam along with jaggery and grated coconut !
Karthigai deepam using dough

The dough making method I have shared here is not the authentic one. Usually my mom used to make this kozhukattai dough adding plain, cold water to the rice flour and she cooks the kozhukattai in an open pan in boiling water for few minutes.
By doing this way, kozhukattai comes out little hard and chewy. Sometimes kozhukattai may dissolve in water if the dough consistency is not correct. So my mom suggested me to follow our usual kozhukattai dough(with video) method. Thanks to my sister’s SIL Mrs.Thangam for telling this recipe with correct water measurement. Kozhukattai came out very well and soft.. Please adjust the water quantity by keeping this as reference. Do not add all the water at once. Keep adding slowly to make a perfect non sticky dough.

kozhukattai-karthigai deepam recipes

kozhukattai Recipe

kozhukattai Recipe Kozhukattai recipe for karthigai deepam.
Cuisine: South Indian Category: Festival recipesServes: 3
Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 35 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml or 250ml
To make kozhukattai dough
  • Idiyappam flour / Rice flour - 1 cup (You can use homemade or store bought idiyappam flour)
  • Water - 1.25 to 1.5 cups (Water quantity varies based on rice flour )
  • Gingely oil - 1 tsp

  • In a wide bowl, take the rice flour. In a vessel , take the required quantity of water and add a tsp of gingely oil.
neer kozhukattai step by step
  • Let the water boil for 2-3 minutes. Add this water to the rice flour by mixing with a ladle. Rice flour gets half cooked by the heat of this water and increases in quantity. After the dough becomes slightly warm , knead it to make a soft , non-sticky dough.
neer kozhukattai step by step
  • Make plates an lamps as per the number of family members. For making plate , take a big lemon sized ball, pat it on a sheet. Seal the cracks if any. For lamp , take a small lemon sized ball. Press it in the center and make a dent to pour ghee/oil. Narrow down one edge of the ball and make like a lamp. Hope this picture helps you..
neer kozhukattai step by step 4
  • Arrange them in a greased idli plate. Keep the plate only after the water starts to roll boil. Steam it for 7-8 minutes. Deepam is ready. Remove the lamps from the plate after it becomes warm , else it may break.
  • Make finger shaped kozhukattai or small balls using the remaining dough, steam it for 6-8 minutes. Remove.
karthigai kozhukattai step by step 3

While lighting the lamps in the evening, put ghee for this rice flour lamp and light it, Once its turned off,u can have it with grated or chopped coconut pieces. As it is without salt, you should have this rice flour lamp with either grated coconut or grated jaggery.
  • Do not add all the boiling water to the rice flour at once. Please add little by little by mixing with the ladle simultaneously. By this way , you can find the rice flour getting cooked and make a non-sticky dough.
  • Knead the dough well for few minutes to make a crack free lamps and plates. Grease your hands with oil whenever necessary..
  • Do not steam for long time. Keep the idli plate only after the water in the idli pot starts boiling..

Serve this kozhukattai adding lots of grated coconut. As it is salt-less, you have to eat it this way :)


This is my first attempt in clicking a lamp at night, is it looking good or at least ok ? ;)

Karthigai deepam

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Raks said...

wow so cute they are and pics are great with clarity, the kozhukattai sounds similar to one we do in the night for sevvai pillayar too.

Chitra said...

Thank u ..Yes its very similar :)

virunthu unna vaanga said...

wow very lovely and inviting presentation... Yes, as Raks aks said it looks like Sevvai kizhamai kozhukattai... I love it too.. Its really very catchy clicks akka and well made...

Unknown said...

Nice presentation chitra.. Never tried this.. thanks for sharing..

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

pictures are great no doubt, and last one is classic.

Chitrangada said...

wow the diyas look so cute, nice clicks.

Sangeetha M said...

wow...kozhukattai looks so cute and well done Chitra, beautiful presentation. No doubt, the last pic looks fabulous...loved it!

Unknown said...

That is so nice and unique. Pics are really very clear.
Thanks for sharing.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Very beautiful kolukkattai vizhakku Chitra. Looks lovely. Happy Karthigai

Kitchen Chronicles said...

nice idea to make vizhakku with kozhukattai maavu. With only 14 vizhakku here in Sharjah I was thinking what to for this karthigai here. very nice idea. will surely make it for this karthikai. thanks a lot.

Unknown said...

vilagu with kozhkattai maavu looks beautiful Chitra.....last pic is awesome.....

Priya Anandakumar said...

Wow, very very beautiful and lovely presentation...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

This is totally new to me. I can't close the window , looking at these beautiful pictures. Nice outlook of the blog too. Way to go Chitra

Unknown said...

Love the last picture especially..beautiful

Lifewithspices said...

Awesome pics.. deep thots of making dishes.. love every pic ..

Vimitha Durai said...

Nice authentic dish Chitra

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely post dear...yummy kozhukattai

Sangeetha Priya said...

wow superb vilakku n awesome clicks dear!!!

Shoba said...

Happy Karthigai Deepam Chitz..It hasreally come out well

RadhaPappumari said...

Thanks dear.. Gonna try all ur karthigai recipes today for pooja at my home :-)

Unknown said...

looking awesome chitra

Unknown said...

Looks yummy Chitra..

Sandhiya said...

My mom do the same lamp kozhukattai on every karthigai deepam.but we make them as sweet with karupatti and also we make odd number of lamps like 7 or 9.I thought we only have this custom :-)