Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ganesh Chaturthi Special-Modak/Kozhukattai/Sweet Dumplings

Festive season should be keeping every one on high spirits. The month of august and september is the mark of many happenings, everybody gets excited especially the kids. Assuming that you all would have celebrated ganesh chaturthi in a grandeur manner with family and friends. Ganesh chaturthi has been my personal favorites since my childhood. The birth of lord ganesh is immensely celebrated having his clay idol at home for a week and then immersing it in the well or the ocean. Right from kozhukattais/modak/sweet dumplings, sundal, sweet pongal, vada n what not... are the perfect times to hog on for the special day. I could just manage to make butter murukku, sundal, modhakam n sweet pongal. I will share the recipe of murukku and sundal later on. Modak/kozhukattai is a sweet dumpling  made using rice flour. Modak being vinayakar's/ganesh's favorite i prepared it with two types of fillings inside.The first one being the jaggery and coconut filling, the second one being the combination of grated coconut and sugar. The recipe follows.

Modak/Kozhukattai/Sweet Dumplings:


Rice flour-1 cup
Water-1 1/2 cup
Oil-As required
Salt-a pinch


Heat water in a pan, let it boil. Add salt  to the boiling water. Remove the water from the heat. Now slowly add water to the rice flour little by little. Use a ladle to mix and take care not to form lumps. Let it cool for few minutes. Apply some oil on the hand and knead the dough  to a smooth consistency.

To prepare modak:
Make small round balls out of the dough and press it. Later on flatten the edges to make a small cup by pressing the edges back and forth using thumb and forefinger. Now place the fillings inside it and seal the edges with water. I don't have the mold, iam thinking to get it shortly. Repeat the process for the rest of the dumplings. Arrange them on a greased idli plate and steam cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

Jaggery Filling:

Grated jaggery- 1 cup
Grated coconut-3/4 cup
Cardamom powder-a pinch
Water-As required
Ghee-1 tsp


Heat the ghee in a pan, add the jaggery to it. Pour enough water to the pan as though it melts the jaggery. Add the cardamom powder to it. When the mixture thickens throw in the grated coconut. Stir it well and remove it from the stove. Let it cool and place this filling inside the dumplings.

Coconut Filling:

Grated coconut-1 cup
Granulated sugar-1/2 cup
Ghee-4 tsp


Heat ghee in a skillet, add the coconut to it followed by sugar. The mixture would turn little brown. Turn off the stove. This makes an ideal filling for the dumplings.


Priti said...

That's yummy treat for Ganesha .....looks so gud

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Modakam looks super delicious and mouthwatering.

Hamaree Rasoi

notyet100 said...

Platter looks so good,.thanks for sharing the recipes,happy festival

San said...

Hey ladies thanks so much.

@notyet100:My pleasure dear, hope you enjoyed chaturthi.

sangee vijay said...

lovely recipes...modhakam looks so cute n tempting....

Hari Chandana said...

Woww... looks so delicious and tempting.. wonderful spread :)
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Now Serving said...

a veritable feast with kozhakattais, vadais and murukkus - yum yuM!

Jay said...

wow....beautiful cliks with excellent recipe treat..thanks for sharing dear..:)
In my blog, a cute triple award is waiting for you..:)
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Mary said...

What a lovely treat. Your photos are beautiful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Fahad Khan said...

Modhakam is same as Modak,I believe?Nice recipe,I feel like eating one at the moment,hehe.


Lovely spread, the modak/kozhukattais both are looking perfectly done,I am still craving for sweet modak :) Murukku looks tempting too...

Viki's Kitchen said...

Seems like a wonderful celebration dear. Kolukkattai procedure is very good and all came out perfect. Offering looks divine.

San said...

Thanks all.
@Jay: Thanks for the cute gift jay.
@Fahad: Modhakam n modak are one and the same. Thanks for your comments.
@Raks Kitchen: I agree with you raji, sweet modaks are always tempting.

Vani said...

The platter looks yum!

Priya said...

Wow fabulous feast, seems u guys had a wonderful chathurthi..excellent .

Sanctified Spaces said...

Thank you for your words of encouragement. Glad you liked the restaurant review and decor column. You have a great space yourself. Cute clicks. The modhakam has come out very well like a pro. Glad to follow your space too.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Super good pics!! you could send these to the event happening at our space...
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Event: Serve It - Steamed

aipi said...

Such a festive post ~ everything look perfect n divine, thanks for sharing!

Malli said...

Modakam is Ganesh's favorite....looks 'melt-in-your- mouth' good!!

Kaveri said...

Modakams look perfectly made...

Sarah Naveen said...

nice clicks and recipes..looks oh so yumm!!

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

modaks have come out very well...first time here...happy to follow you

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely spread looks so mouthwatering.