Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rava Kozhukattai & Hand made Ganesha idol

Hope everyone had a wonderful Vinayaka Chadurthi , yesterday. I had a great day and thanks for ur wishes :)


I made the Ganesha idol with Crayola modeling earth tone clay dough.
The festival day, the market is filled with Ganesha/Pillayar/Vinayagar idols made with fresh mud with a colorful umbrella!
We buy every year a new mud idol and decorate with jewels & coins (penny stick to his belly button).
We offer plenty of fruits, cooked garbanzo and modak /kozhukattai(steamed rice flour stuffed with sweet stuffing).
The 3rd day or 5 day, we take the idol to seashore and immerse it in sea. As I lived near the seashore, the 3 rd day, the beach looks like another festival. People come with their idols. But now, everything became very contemporary, the third day, a truck is passing in street and collecting the idols with a fee to immerse in beach! The life is simplified and convenient for my parents, they just pay and give the idol just in front of the door. They take care of immersing them in water.
For the Ganesha Festival, my mom makes with rava/semolina modak, which is very easy to prepare not like the steam rice flour. Till now we had only in rava/ semolina kozhukattai for Vinayaka chaturthi.
I am sharing my mom's recipe the sweet rava modak/Kozhukattai.

The prasadam offered for Lord Ganesha , from clockwise: starting with bowl of garbonza bean sundal, sweet rava kozhukattai, Urad dhal vada, savory rice dhal kozhukattai




Rava Kozhukattai
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Ingredients:

Rava:
1 cup
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Coconut freshly grated: 1/4 cup
Cashew: 10 counts broken into small pieces
Green cardamom: 4 pods Crushed
Water: boiling water
Ghee: 1 tsp
Salt: a pinch

Method:
Heat a pot with ghee, fry the cashew once they turn golden color. Add the rawa and roast it.
Take a big microwave safe bowl, put the rava mixture, sugar, crushed cardamon, coconut and salt pour hot water litle by little and the mixture could be little loose! Now keep the mixture in microwave for one min, it will start to become thick!
Let it cool sometime, form a small ball and close your fist. Make it at desire shape or thickness. Now grease the idli plate and place kozhukattai and steam it another 12 minutes.


Enjoy the rava kozhukattai hot!

I am sending this sweet modak/kozhukattai to Krishna & Ganesha Chaturti event hosted at Purva's Daawat.

62 comments:

Usha said...

Wow how creative making your Pulayar/Ganesha at home..very nice.The Rava kozhukattai is something I have never heard of,it looks delicious,for me it was the regular poornam kozhukattai neivedyam only..maybe next time I will try your recipe :)

Divya said...

You made the idol by yourself at home! You are very crafty indeed. I am gonna try to make it next year. Cool idea

bee said...

that is such a gorgeous idol, cham. it's really elegant and striking.

kamalagk said...

Never made Rava koshukattai Cham..Couldnt believe the idol has been at home..Looks so beautiful.

aparna said...

Wow your ganesh idol looks so good. Cool idea.

Illatharasi said...

Ganesh looks too cute:)

Will try your rava kozzhukattai:) It looks tempting!

Sujatha said...

Idol looks beautiful, Cham! Now I know you are a wonderful artist too, in addition to being a great cook :)

Rava kozhukattai looks appetizing.. Never tried this. Good one!

Sireesha said...

WOW.....Cham u made ganesha idol at home fantastic and superb...Ur very crafty.....Everything looks awesome and lovely Cham:))

Divya Vikram said...

The idol looks cute Cham..And a new kozhukkatai recipe added in my list..

raaji said...

i really couldnt believe you made it....its really weel made...nice job.

Mansi said...

wow, that idol looks beautiful Cham! and so does the food spread!:) good to know you had fun!

meeso said...

The food looks good, but I have to say I LOVE the Ganesha idol! That is definitely my favorite part of the post :)

sowmya said...

ganesha idol looks so beautiful...you are so creative...and thats a nice kozhakattai recipe..thanks for sharing,,,

Pearlsofeast said...

Superb Cham!Lovely spread.

Priti said...

Gud to knw U had good time..Ganesh Idol loos so cute..great way to celebrate festive with you own work..Rava Kozhukattai is new to me too..thanks for the recipe :)

Kalai said...

Glad to hear you had a great Chathurthi, dear Cham! Thanks for your kind wishes. If only I were talented enough to have made my own Pillaiyar. Had to buy one! :)

jayasree said...

Beatiful ganesha. Rava kozhakkattai is new for me. Shall try your version soon.

Srivalli said...

Cham, thats really marvellous...very pretty ganesh!..and your prasad looks yummy!..

LG said...

I loved the Ganesha idol..very creative Cham. You have inspired me soo much so I am going to try it next year..and loved those rava kadubu..easy one!

Priti said...

Since you made is adorable Ganesh Idol all by urself here is an award to pat on your back ;) ...

Miri said...

Very beautiful idol! such creativity Cham :)

sunshinemom said...

I remember making clay Ganapatis when we were kids! Now that I am married to a Manglorean, I no longer bring Ganeshji home every year, but we too make kozhukottais -the jaggery ones:) Nice offering - I love that platter!

Thanks for already visiting the round up and hope to see some of your enticing dishes in green:)

Laavanya said...

The Ganesh idol is so adorable Chams - very nicely done.

The rava kozhukattais and sundal look yummy too..

Purva Desai said...

wow, Hand made Ganesh Idol looks soo pretty.
Rava Kozhukattai looks delicious too and naivedya thali looks really tempting.
Thank you for the loevly entry

Seeking your permission to use Ganesh Idol and Naivedya thali for Round up

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

wow .. i loved the ganesha, cham .. an amazing spread of neivedyams ... Ganesha too wud be very happy to see this :)

Priya said...

The idol is striking and very well crafted. The neivedyam looks yummy :)

Sangeeth said...

the lord looks so cute rellay....CUTE! and rava kozhukattai is new to me ..may b i'll give it a try :)

Vanamala said...

wow yummy sweets and khara...

Vaishali said...

Cham, That handmade idol is precious! I was so saddened to hear about the truck that collects the Ganeshas for immersion. How sad to see some lovely traditions die!

SriLekha said...

have an award in my blog!

Uma said...

wow, what a beautiful idol! I made an idol with playdough last year, but couldn't this year. The plate of savories look so mouth-watering. Happy belated vinayaka chavithi dear!

Rachel said...

Wow Cham that is one lovely looking Ganesha...

Mrs.Kannan said...

Wawwiii...U should have shared it before vinayakar chaturti cham,Atleast i may have got an idea about the idol :-(...Anyways will try it sure for next year...how come you are an multitalented person...Great...And I saw the recipe for ravakozhukattai,but both my eyes aren't enough to see the vada...i am really tempted by the crispy colory look of it

Aparna said...

Beautiful, Cham.
I have a collection in which my most treasured one is the one my daughter made for me from sealing putty!
Never knew kozhakottai could be amde with rawa. Looks very inviting.

Jaya said...

Cham,
thats so cool , I simply like the small Ganesha Idol .
I wish sometimes life to be simple and less Sophisticated ...we miss those sweet memories isn't ..
Hugs and smiles

Cham said...

Thanks everyone for ur encouragements
I did it on Ganesh Chatu day the idol and came out perefect, i will update the idol making soon, so anyone can benefit later

srikars kitchen said...

You made the idol by yourself at home!Really Fantastic...And a new kozhukkatai recipe added in my list..Everything looks awesome and lovely Cham....

Suma Rajesh said...

woo u have created a nice idol of ganesha cham...very gud looking...rava kozhukattai sounds great...guess its a soft texture..

Siri said...

The ganesh idol is so cute, with perfect features! Cham and all of the goodies look yummy..:)

Hugs,
Siri

Divya said...

Hey Cham, thanks for your suggestion abt sending it to the MOnthly Mingle event, but... one question, Is'nt fruit and chocolate the theme for this month. I was wondering if it would be appropriate to send this recipe... Hmmm

Divya said...

Done Cham! thanks so much.
I guess my mind was blank... smart me forgot all abt the relevance.

Madhuram said...

Cute looking Pillaiyar, Cham! I especially love the vadai, it looks so crispy.

Prema Sundar said...

The idol looks great!!!! I remember my childhood days in chennai, buying the clay ganesha idol with a pretty umbrella. u are very creative in making the idol urself... looks lovely will try to do this next year. thanks.
rava kozhukattai sounds new to me and interesting

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham-

simply superb- both the hand-made pillayar and the rava kozhukattais.

Cynthia said...

Wow, you're a really talented lady.

Usha said...

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Padma said...

WOW your Ganesha looks so cool! I love the idea of making the idol with clay... never crossed my mind!

This year I made out of apflour, next year I will try with clay, for sure..
Thanks for your creative and inspiring Ideas. I am sure you performed puja so well.... May Ganesh shower his blessings on you always!

Me said...

Wow! pretty amazing! though I have heard and seen pillayar made of clay dough I haven't seen such a good looking one...

Shillu said...

My firsttime here. you have a lovely blog! I love the Ganesh & teh food looks yummy!

Nags said...

that ganesha is so cute :) and yummy snacks.

Spices N Aroma said...

wow u r jus amazing...ganesh looks gorgeous...nice offerings too

Sia said...

i adore that ganesha idol u have here :) very cute

A_and_N said...

The hand-made idol looks extremely pretty!

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And for being such an active member of the blogging world.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Cham
i bow to your creativity and humbleness.

Richa said...

wow! it must have felt soooo good making the idol yourself, just BEAUTIFUL!!
loved ur prasad plate a lot, those rava K look so good & quick to make, gotta' try it :)

easycrafts said...

The ganesha looks lovely..I had once made with mseal and kept it in the showcase..its now with my mom

Sophie said...

Thanks for joining our blogroll! Your food and photos look delicious :).

Lavi said...

cham..pillayaar azhaga irukaaru..
Great Work..

rava kozhukattai super a irukku..
methi gobi romba different combi..will try when i get a chance:)

ANJALI J. said...

u r so creative.. i loved the idol.. rava kozhukattai is new to me. sounds good

Anonymous said...

Hi Cham,

Just tried this rava kozhukattai. Steamed it for 12mins exactly- does it look the same as it was before steaming? or the rava becomes smooth/sticky like in kesari? pls lemme know. Thx!

~Juju

Cham said...

Juju: The kozhukkatai should be cooked and hold the shape. If in case it loosed the shape means the sugar was not well mixed before. After removing from the steamer let it stand few minutes , so it won't be sticky. Hope it helps you...