Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kozhukattai

I am back after a long break. Soon, I will be checking all the ongoing events and your place too.
Last Saturday, we celebrated Ganesha Chadurthi. I made my Ganesha idol with Model Magic of Crayola this year. It was fun molding the idol with my son, guaranteed no mess around the house with this product. I had a tremendous satisfaction, because we buy only freshly made clay idol back home. The 3rd day, we immerse either in water well or in sea. Here, I dumped my Ganesha in bucket of water, my idol refused to loose shape. So I reshaped it. No more environment clogging, guys!
In terms of food, kozhukattai or modak is well known to please Ganesha on Chadurthi day! My mom does Semolina kozhukattai, quiet easy and quick than traditional one, I realized only when I started preparing it! Now, I understood why she sticks always with the semolina one.


Ganesha Chadurthi 2009

Picture taken last year in my parents house, when I was in India for the festival.

Handmade Ganesha


Handmade Idol




Outer layer
Ingredients:

Idiyappam flour*/rice flour: 1 cup
Water: 1 ¼ cup
Salt: ¼ tsp
Oil: 1 tsp

Method

* I tried with Idiyappam flour this time
Add salt and oil in water and bring it to boil in a pot. Simmer and add the flour, stir the flour without lumps. The dough will come together quickly. Stop the stove and cover for 10 minutes. When you are able to touch, grease your hands and knead well. Divide the flour into 10 equal size balls.



Inside stuffing
Ingredients:
 
Coconut Stuffing/puranam
Coconut: 2 cups- Grated
Jaggery/gur: ¾ to 1 cup (increase if you like more sweet)
Elaichi: 4 to 5 pods crushed into powder

Method:
Pulse the grated coconut in mixer to get little finer. Now mix the grated coconut and jaggery . Keep it in medium heat, the mixture should come together after few minutes, sprinkle the cardamom and switch off the stove. If you leave longer in same pan, it might turn hard the mixture! Let it cool in plate. Make a small size balls.

How to make Kozhukattai/modak?
   Grease your hands with cooking oil Take the rice flour balls, form a disc about 2 to 3 inch diameter. Keep in the middle the coconut mixture stuffing now cover the mixture to form a ball. You can even try to pinch the edge to form a peak.

Using the mold: Form the disc with rice mixture, stuff the coconut mixture through the hole and cover with rice flour later.

 Steam it
Grease a idli plate, place all the kozhukkatai and steam for 7 to 10 minutes or until the dumpling looks clear and glossy!

Modak/kozhukattai
Hope you have celebrated too!

37 comments:

Madhavi said...

Welcome back gal :)) Modak looks super and hand made Ganesha loooks so cuteeeee :))

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely modaks and the hand made ganesh! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you!

Seven Spice said...

Good to see you back, Cham! You've been missed dear. I was about to leave my msg on your FB wall and you're back! :)

The hand-made Ganesha idol is so adorable. Wish you and your family season's best greetings.

Rachana said...

Welcome back!

Your handmade Ganesha is so cute and beautiful :-) And those modaks look lovely too.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Welcome back,kozhukatai s has turned out great,loved the hand made ganesha too!

Sunshinemom said...

How pretty your Ganesha looks! That is a wonderful piece of art, Cham. Did you actually immerse Him in water? Just wondering beause He looks beautiful.

Kozhokottais look good too. I haven't tried any other flour except homemade since the last few years. Did they become tough? A few years back I used to make with shop bought flour and they always turned tough sooner than with home made flour.

Srimathi said...

The ganesha looks cute. I once made one and had to immerse it in the ocean. The modhakum looks cute too.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Welcome back...yummy looking kozhukattais

SS blogs here said...

Hey Cham.. long time.. nice to see you! And you back with Ganpati Bappa! Nice! :)

These modaks look lovely. Did you get the mold in India or US?

Nandini said...

Welcome back. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! The modaks are really appetizing! Love the craft!

Nandini's Food Page

Sujatha said...

Welcome Back! I too came back just last week after a loooong break :)

Kozhukattai looks awesome, and the idol is excellent.. nice idea to mould..

Ruchikacooks said...

welcome back chamka! Pillayar looks perfect :)
Love the kozhukattai design!

Suma Rajesh said...

Welcome bakc cham..i am soo happy for u...me too posted the same recipe..urs looks soo cute and idol i am speechless ..looks divine dear..

notyet100 said...

welcome back,..Ganesha looks too good,..;-) and the modaks super yum,.

Curry Leaf said...

Very happy to see you back Cham.The modaks look perfect.I do not have the mold thgh.

Ganesh looks very cute.

lata raja said...

Cham, what a lovely pillaiyar...He looks divine..I am sure He is for keeping! Modhakams also droolworthy! Pat the little boy on the back for this lovely ganesha!

Priya said...

Glad to see u back after a long Cham, cute looking Ganesh Idol and droolworthy modaks..seems u r back with a bang..

G.Pavani said...

welcome back cham,ganesh looks good u made it ..oh great.. n sweet looks cute n yummy ..i love it

Happy Cook said...

Welcome back, I have beenthinking when we will see you back blogging.
That is a beautifully made Ganesh. You have talent lady.

Pari said...

Welcome back dear. The idol looks beautiful.
Love the steamed modak, look so good.
FOODELICIOUS

DEESHA said...

I loved your handmade Ganesha .. very beautiful ..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Welcome back Cham !!! Hand made Ganesha Idol looks so good. Lovely kozhukattai!

Roopa said...

such a cute handmade ganesha :) Kozhukkattai is my fav sweet too....have a lot of memories associated with it....hey dear check the raffle event going on at my blog :)

PreeOccupied said...

An eco-friendly (?) Ganesha and a great-looking one. I love your modaks. They look perfect.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi,

The modaks look so yum...

Dr.Sameena@

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Soma said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a wonderful summer.

These desserts are something we never grew up having. Though we did make something similar with the rice flour outside and steamed them first and later put them in milk and simmered like kheer. So cute.

Soma -www.ecurry.com

Priya's Feast said...

Visiting ur blog after a long time cham...modaks sounds too good and tempting to pick one..hope u had a great time...

LG said...

Ganesh idol looks cute and so does kozhukattai

Gulmohar said...

Glad to see you back :-)The Vinayaka looks so cute..Great job Cham !
Modak is my fav too, be it chathurthi or not :-)

Jamie said...

Hey Cham! Wonderful to be back on your blog again. Can't wait to catch up on all your posts!

Vandana Rajesh said...

The kozhukattai look very good Cham...long time...me back to blogging again after a yr

Bong Mom said...

Good to see you back Cham. How was the holiday ?

Viki's Kitchen said...

Hi Cham, How are you? Sorry for my delayed comment.
Vinayagar chathurthi celebration with hand made Pillaiyar is so lovely. I admire the way you used crayola....so creative idea dear! Mothakam has come out perfect. Yes, it is time consuming but worth the try:) I too did mothak as we love Pillaiyar very much. Have a happy week ahead!

Pushpa said...

Kozhukattai looks so yummy and tempting...

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Solai Chidambaram said...

Good home made ganesha idol.Great work.Ganesha looks lovely.

homecooked said...

Good to see you back Cham :) Looks like you had a great celebration!

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