Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ganesh Chaturthi Kozhukattai (Steamed and stuffed rice balls)

Pal-Kozhukattai (steamed rice balls in milk)

Kozhukattai are traditional south Indian delicacies made during Vinayaka Chaturti/ Ganesh Chaturti.
I made two types of Kozhukattai, Pal Kozhukattai (steamed rice balls in milk) and poornam Kozhukattai (stuffed rice balls). Both are purely my style. I did not follow any particular recipe. But they came out great after many years of experiment :)


For the rice balls

1 cup rice flour
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp salt

For the milk

2 cups milk
1 cup khoya
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder
dry fruits to garnish


The basic pal kozhukattai makes use of coconut milk. I made use of cow milk.
In a pan add water, oil, 2 tbsp milk, salt and when the water warms up add rice flour and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. The mixture starts to thicken and begins to take a dough consistency. The mixture leaves the sides of the pan and rolls along with the ladle. Remove from heat. When it cools down a little, make tiny balls out of the dough. Apply some oil to you hands if the dough is sticky. You can even add some jaggery to the dough to make it sweet.
Steam cook in an idli cooker for 10 minutes.
In a heavy bottomed pan add milk, bring to boil, add sugar and khoya. To this add cardamom powder. When the milk starts to thicken a little, add the rice balls and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with nuts and serve warm.

Poornam Kozhukattai (stuffed rice balls)


Fot the stuffing

3/4 cup Powdered Jaggery
1 cup fresh grated coconut
1 tsp Cardamom powder
2 tsp ghee


In a pan heat 2 tsp ghee, add Jaggery and coconut. Saute and mix well for 3-4 minutes. Add cardamom powder. When the moisture gets dried up from the mixture completely, Remove from heat. Let it cool.
For making the kozhukattai it is the same process as the pal-kozhukattai dough. I made a common dough for both the recipes.
Divide the dough into small lemon sized balls.Using the thumb and forefinger, shape the balls gradually into a cup shape. Place a little coconut-jaggery filling in the middle and carefully close it from all sides. Make small modak shapes. Arrange it in a greased idli plate and steam cook for 10 minutes.
Serve them after they cool down.

I am sending this to Festive Food hosted by Khauguri


Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

Delicious recipes

Priya Chowdari said...

hey..rice balls in milk look really gud..that was my 9th offer to GOD today..But ur dish is looking thousand times better..I've been followig all ur receipes..plz if u cud post bisi bele bath it wud b very helpful sharmi..

Satya said...

kozhukattai looks so divine ...happy vinayaka chathurthi to u n ur family


Dori said...

Looks complicated... I'll just have some of yours ;)

Nupur said...

Your festival sweets are a total treat for the eyes- gorgeous work.

Unknown said...

wow, how mouth watering pics. I make the stuffed ones, but the dipped in milk ones are new and very tempting.

Unknown said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too.

Manasi said...

BEAUTIFUL! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, may Lord Ganesha bless u all :)

Prema said...

Both the khozhukattai luks so delicious,love the cute presentation...

Srivalli said...

Looks absolutely delicious Sharmi!..Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your Family!

Sharmi said...

Thanks to all of you for the lovely wishes and wish you all the same!

@ Priya, I have not made bisi bele bath in years, but will give a try for you.

notyet100 said...

both look yum,.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

super pics...lovely dish

Raks said...

They look so perfect and beautiful sharmi :)