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August 16, 2020

Ellu Pooranam Kolukattai Recipe – Ellu poorana kozhukattai

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Ellu kozhukattai recipe
Ellu pooranam kozhukattai / ellu koulakkati (Sesame seeds modak in English) can be prepared in two ways. One is a no cook stuffing by just dry roasting the sesame seeds and grinding with coconut, jaggery and cardamom. Other one is by cooking the roasted sesame seeds in jaggery syrup to make the stuffing. I have already shared the no cook ellu pooranam last year. But we usually make the second version for Ganesh chaturthi neivedyam. 

We also reserve some stuffing balls and offer ellu urundai to God. So today I thought of making a detailed post on our method of making ellu poorana kozhukattai. I always use black sesame seeds as I make it for festival. Also I tried making this ellu kozhukattai in different shapes like round, square, rectangle shapes without using modak mould. Ok, Lets see how to make ellu kolukattai/ sesame seeds modak with step by step pictures.

Check out my other Ganesh chaturthi recipes too !

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Ellu pooranam kozhukattai recipe

Ellu pooranam kozhukattai recipe

Ellu pooranam kozhukattai recipe / sesame seeds modak recipe

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 10
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 40 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Black sesame seeds - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered jaggery – 3/4 cup (Use 1/2 cup for less sweetness)
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt - a pinch
For kozhukattai dough
  • Idiyappam flour / Kozhukattai flour - 1 cup
  • Water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - a drop
  • Salt - a pinch
  1. In a kadai, dry roast sesame seeds till it starts to splutter. Remove in a plate.
  2. Melt jaggery adding water. Strain it. Again boil the syrup till frothy.
  3. Add roasted sesame seeds, grated coconut and cardamom powder.
  4. Mix well till the mixture starts to leave the sides of pan.
  5. Remove in a plate. Make balls when warm. Set aside.
  6. To make kozhukattai dough, boil water in a pan adding oil and salt.
  7. Add to the flour and make a smooth dough.
  8. Make shapes using mould or by hand. Stuff in sesame seed ball and shape it.
  9. Boil water in an idli pot. Arrange the kozhukattai in idli pot.
  10. Steam it for 8 to 10 minutes. Switch off and rest the modak for few minutes.
  11. Then remove in a plate. Offer to God and enjoy !

  • To make ellu pooranam, wash and dry the sesame seeds in a cloth for 30 minutes. But this step is completely optional. I don’t do it.

  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the sesame seeds till it starts to splutter. Remove in a plate.
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  • In the same kadai, add jaggery and water. Heat and melt the jaggery. Strain the hot syrup using an iron mesh. Wash the kadai and add the strained syrup.

  • Boil till frothy. Add the roasted sesame seeds, grated coconut, cardamom powder and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
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  • Cook in medium flame till the mixture becomes thick and starts to leave the sides of pan. Remove in a plate and spread it to becomes warm. Use a spoon and divide the mixture into small portions to make balls. This helps to roll balls easily once it becomes warm. So divide the mixture with a spoon when its hot. 
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  • Grease your hands with sesame oil and press it to make balls when warm. Reserve 3 balls to offer ellu urundai. 
  • Now lets make the kozhukattai dough. Boil water in a pan adding few drops of oil and a pinch of salt. When the water roll boils, switch off the flame. 
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  • Add the hot water to 1 cup of kozhukattai flour gradually. Make a smooth, non-sticky dough. Cover with a wet cloth.
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  • Make golf sized balls and set aside. Cover the remaining dough with wet cloth. Take a ball and make soppu / cup shape. Keep a ball and close the modak. Make all the kozhukattai and arrange in an idli plate. 
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  • Boil water in a idli pot. After the water comes to a roll boil, keep the idli plate. Cover and steam it for 10 minutes.
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    Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as per taste.
  • Cardamom powder is optional
  • You can use white sesame seeds instead of black.
  • Dry roasting sesame seeds in mandatory.

Try this yummy ellu kozhukattai for this Ganesh chaturthi and enjoy !
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