Wednesday, September 19, 2012


                                Thanks to Lord Vinayaka, the first and foremost God, as my first post in 2012 happens to be a recipe for one of the main items to be offered to Lord Vinayaka on the occasion of Vinayaka Chathurthi.


Channa Dhal                                       1/2 cup
Powdered Jaggery (vellam)                 1 cup
Grated coconut                                   1 cup
Rice Flour                                           2 cups
Ghee                                                  2 tsp.
Oil                                                      2 tbsp
Cardamom powder                               little


1.Soak channa dhal for 2 hrs. and pressure cook well.Mash when it is hot.

2.In the same pressure cooker or any other thick bottomed vessel,add the powdered jaggery and the grated coconut to the cooked dhal.Mix well.

3.Heat the mixture on a low fire.Keep on stirring to avoid lumps.Add the ghee and the cardmom powder and off the flame when the mixture thickens.This sweet mixture is ready for filling.

4.Boil 4 cups of water in a thick vessel.Lower the flame and add the rice flour,gradually with constant stirring.Add one tbsp. of oil.Switch off the flame,once the flour is cooked,absorbing all the water.This cooked rice flour is to be used for the outer covering.

5 Smear the oil on your palm and fingers.Take little of the cooked rice flour and make it into a ball of a lemon size.Press with fingers and mould it like a small roti using the fingers.

6.In the moulded and pressed round shaped outer covering, keep one tsp. of the sweet filling mixture and close it in the shape of a semi circle.Press the outer edges and seal.Nearly 50 kozhukattais can be made from the given ingredients.

7.Plastic moulds in the shape of onions can also be used.Smear the inside of the mould with oil and coat with the cooked rice flour, using one finger.Fill with the sweet filling and seal the opening with the same outer covering mixture.Open the mould and gently take out the onion shaped kozhukattai.

8.Steam cook the kozhukattais in the vessel, used for steam cooking the iddlies.


The sweet filling can also be made exclusively out of coconut and jaggery, for those who like the taste of the coconut or when coconuts are grown at home.Channa dhal can be avoided.Add one more cup of grated coconut.

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