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August 22, 2017

Kozhukattai Dough Recipe | Kozhukattai Maavu Preparation in 2 Methods

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Yesterday I made a post on kozhukattai dough using store bought idiyappam flour/ kozhukattai flour in 3 ways. In continuation with that, today I have shared how to make homemade rice flour for kozhukattai dough/ Kozhukattai maavu preparation traditionally in 2 methods. One by soaking raw rice, grinding to a fine powder, sieve and make kozhukattai outer covering dough with that homemade processed rice flour.  My MIL always follows this method. 

Second method is to soak the rice, grind to a thin batter and then cook to make a thick kozhukattai dough for outer cover/ Kozhukattai mel maavu. I learnt this one from my friend Shalini. She told me to make this post during last year Ganesh Chaturthi as this is her fool proof method of making homemade kozhukattai maavu. She told beginners would find it useful.
Kozhukattai dough recipe
Last year I couldn’t do it. So I badly wanted to make this post at least this year. Tomorrow I will try to post some interesting kozhukattai variety. Ok, lets see how to make homemade kozhukattai dough recipe / Kozhukattai maavu with step by step pictures and video.

How to make Kozhukattai dough - Kozhukattai maavu, traditional method in 2 ways

Homemade Kozhukattai dough - How to make Kozhukattai maavu in 2 ways

How to make Kozhukattai dough/Kozhukattai maavu at home

South Indian
Cooking basics

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Raw rice - 1 cup (Use good quality Sona masoori rice or dosa rice/Maavu arisi)
  • Water - as needed ( 2 cups for method 2)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Sesame oil or ghee - 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil - to grease hands

How to make homemade Kozhukattai maavu in 2 ways

  1. METHOD 1 : Wash and soak raw rice in water for 2 hours.
  2. Spread rice in a cloth. Dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Grind to fine powder, sieve.
  4. Dry roast the flour for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove in a plate and cool down.
  6. Grind the roasted flour to remove lumps. Store in a box.
  7. Homemade kozhukattai flour is ready. You can use this as Idiyappam flour too.
  8. METHOD 2: Wash and soak raw rice in water for 2 hours.
  9. Grind to a smooth paste to thin smooth batter. Use the soaked water for grinding.
  10. Heat a kadai with ghee and add rice flour batter.
  11. Mix till thick in low flame. Knead after it becomes warm.
  12. Wrap the dough with wet cloth and cover with a lid till use.

Kozhukattai dough / Kozhukattai maavu - Step by step photo

  • Always prepare the stuffing/pooranam before making kozhukattai dough because fresh dough gives best kozhukattai.
  • METHOD 1: Wash and soak 1 cup of raw rice for 2 hours.Drain the excess water and spread in a cotton cloth.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Let it dry for 15 minutes. Remove the rice and grind to a smooth powder. Sieve and grind the coarse particles again. Sieve twice.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Dry roast the sieved flour for 2 minutes in medium flame till it heated. Make sure you do not heat it more. When you roast it, small lumps may form.So grind to a fine powder after it cools down.
  • Alternatively you can steam the flour in idli pot for 10 minutes. Spread in a plate, cool down and grind it.Homemade rice flour for making kozhukattai or idiyappam is ready. You can store in a box for months. For 1 cup of raw rice, you get approx. 2 cups of flour.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • For making dough with this homemade rice flour, boil 1.5 cups of water adding 1/2 tsp salt and oil/ghee.
  • Add 1 cup of rice flour to it. Mix in low flame till it becomes a thick dough.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Remove in a plate and knead using greased hands. Dough will become non-sticky after kneading.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Cover with a wet cloth and lid above it till use. Never allow the dough to dry.Kozhukattai may crack.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • METHOD 2: Wash and soak 1 cup of raw rice using 2 cups of water.Grind to a smooth batter without any grits. Grind for long time. Use the soaked water for grinding.Batter should be thin like dosa batter.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Heat a kadai with 1tsp ghee. Add the rice flour batter. Mix in low flame.It becomes a thick dough. Keep stirring to avoid lumps. When the dough becomes very thick and leaves the pan completely, switch off the flame.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Cover with a lid till warm. Transfer the dough to a plate. Grease your hands with oil and knead the dough for 5 minutes till it becomes very smooth without any cracks.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Remove the dough to a plate and cover till warm. Grease hands and knead well for 5 minutes till dough becomes completely non-sticky and smooth without cracks.
  • Cover the cloth with a wet dough and keep aside till use. Keep the stuffing inside the dough and make kozhukattai.
    How to make kozhukattai dough


  • First make the stuffing part/pooranam before making the dough because dough should not sit for long time.
  • Kneading is important to make the dough crack free.
  • Dough should be non-sticky and smooth without cracks to make perfect kozhukattai.
  • Homemade rice flour shown in method 1 can be used to make idiyappam as well.
  • You can also use dosa rice/Maavu arisi instead of good quality raw rice.

Homemade rice flour for idiyappam & kozhukattai.
Kozhukattai maavu

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