Sunday, August 27


Today is vinayaka chaturthi and it is celebrated all over India in a grand manner. In my house When I was a kid , we buy a ganesha idol made of clay. I remember the beautiful,colourful umbrella which comes with the idol.
We decorate our house with kolams, we tie mavilai and thoranam to the entrance of the house and the puja room.
Kozhukattai(modak) is the favourite dish of Lord Vinayaka. So my Mom makes different varieties of kozhukattai and sundal which we offer during the puja.
The third day after making a puja we immerse the idol in well. This is an interesting event and me, my sister and brother will be waiting to do this. In those days we had a well in our house and so we immersed the idol there. But nowadays there is only borewell in every house in chennai and so we take the idol to the temple.
Festivals do make us remember of our childhood days.


This is yet another recipe I learnt from my MIL.She makes this once in a month for every ‘Sangadahara Chaturthi’.


Riceflour-1 cup
Coconut grated -2cups
Jaggery- slightly less than ½ cup
Milk- ½ cup
Ghee- 1tsp
Cardomom powder- ½ tsp
Salt – a pinch
Oil- 4 tsp


Mix ½ cup of milk , 1 ½ cups of water to the rice flour, ghee and a pinch of salt together. Heat the batter in a pan (preferably non stick) and keep stirring without any lumps, till it forms a dough consistency.
When it is cooled add 4 tsp oil to that and knead it into a soft dough.Make small balls out of this.
Now for the filling mix the jaggery, coconut and cardomom powder in a pan and heat it. After 6 to 8 minutes if u take some in ur hands u will be able to roll out balls. Remove from heat now and when cooled make small balls(smaller than the rice flour balls).

Kozhukattais can be made in two ways.
a) For ball shaped: press the rice flour ball in the middle and make a cup . keep the coconut ball inside this and close it.

b) For flat shaped: Place a plastic sheet on top and bottom of the riceflour ball and press with a small plate or bowl(round and flat). Place the filling and close it. Seal the edges and mark lines with a fork.

Steam the kozhukattais in pressure cooker using idli plates.


My Mom makes this type of kozhukattai very well.This is the first time Iam trying this .


Jaggery- ¾ cup
Coconut grated- 4tsp
Cardamom powder- ¼ tsp


Add ¼ cup of water to the jaggery in a non stick pan and bring to boil. Add the other ingredients to it. When it forms a ball like dough without sticking to the sides, remove from heat.
When cooled make small balls. Place them in ur hands and close ur fists to get the desired shape. steam them in idli plates for 10 mins(like idlis).

Also Check out the other versions of Kozhukattai


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Shilpa said...

Happy Ganesh chaturthi Prema. My modaks didn't come well as expected. But still I am happy that we celebrated it this year :).Your offerings look great

Priya Bhaskaran said...

Prema, You made so much for the festival---ooouu I wanna come to your place to have all those many varities--- Happy Ganesh Chaturthi:)

Menu Today said...

Hi Prema,
Kozhukattai parka romba nalla irukku. I love 'pidi kozhukattai"
Thanks for sharing.

indianadoc said...

Happy chathurthi prema...wonderful looking kozhukattai...

Rajesh &Shankari said...

Very nicely shown in the pics. My mom made piddi kozhukattai often at home, reminded me of that when i saw your blog

Sudha said...

Happy vinayaka chathurthi , Prema..pidi kolukatti looks great..roomba nal achu senju...thanks for sharing..BTW, i got the Plantain leaves from Walmart..can u belive it..i was shocked too...but was so happy...that i could do the pooja with the vazhaella..

Ashwini said...

The spread looks sure the deity must have been pleased :-)

Vaishali said...

Prema, I like the way you have arranged the rice flour balls and stuffing balls in a pattern.
And your dining table reminds me of the one that we had back in UK. With tiles fixed on top of a wooden base. Very easy to maintain.

Prema Sundar said...

Thanks shilpa for ur kind words.
Priya bhaskaran,
U can surely come anytime priya.
Romba Nandri menutoday.
Thanks indianadoc for visiting me.
Thanks shakari for sharing ur thoughts.
In walmart... surprising..I will check it out next time.
Ashwini and vaishali,
Thanks for ur words.. yeah this table is easy to maintain vaishali.

Vineela said...

Hi Prema,
Kozhukattai in "Kajjikaya shape nice idea.
Thanks for sharing.

Rajesh &Shankari said...

So beautifully arranged!great job!

KA said...

Looks like you guys had a great time, kozhukattai looks yummy!

UJ said...

Hi Prema, Nice kozhikattais.Since we were visting my inlaws i had it there. Nice to have kozhikattais often, but here i make it once a year.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Krithika said...

Your kozhukatti looks delicious. I have never tried pidi kozhukatti. Thanks for sharing

Prema Sundar said...

Thanks vineela and Krithika for ur lovely comments.
KrishnaArjuna and cooking memoir,
Welcome to my blog and thanks for ur kind words.


happy intrumuthal happy
YOUR Pidikozakattai very nice

Anonymous said...

Hi Prema, thanks for your recipe
I saw this recipe after so long
My mom used to make for festivals and i used enjoy them but neve asked or found out how to make,she used to also make it with sesame jaggery.thanks beautiful pictures

food freak said...

hey.i love this dish..long time i had it.thanx a millions fr posting it..I am glad u have chosen rare dishes on ur post,from mirchi bajji to this..i can't wait to try cooking them..the pics are also helpful.Good Job!

YCH said...

Ganesha chaturthi - legends and prayers
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is among the most celebrated of the festivals in India, and perhaps the only one involving general public (others only involve families and friends and are celebrated privately). It is interesting to note that the festival was not celebrated until the times of Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who used it a great means to unite Hindus all over India and educate them the evils of colonization.

RT said...

Awesome! I tried and loved this recipe.

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Ramki said...

Hi Prema,

This detailed recipe goes straight in as a model recipe in my One page cookbooks.


Nithya said...

Thanks Prema..
I tried this kozhukattai..
Its very yummy ..
my family enjoyed

munni said...

I followed the exact measurements you gave for Kozhukattai-2 recipe. They turned out excellent. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks! It tasted delicious!

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Unknown said...

Nice blog!! Looks delicious, feel like grabbing the roll right away. Thank you chowringhee in satya niketan

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