Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pidi kozhukkattai (sweet dumplings)

Kozhukkattai (kolukkattai), is usually made during pooja days and Hindu festivals. It is the favorite food of Lord Ganesha and there are many beautiful Puranas associated with Him.
South Indians make these kolukkattai as a healthy snack because of no oil content. Hence it is liked by elders also.



Pidi kozhukkattai


Ingredients:
raw Rice / rice flour - 1 cup
(raw rice means pacharisi/ unboiled rice. we can use basmati also)
crushed jaggery (vellam) - 3/4 Cup
shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
sesame - 2 tbsp
dry ginger powder - 1 tsp
cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
moong dhal (pasi paruppu) - 1 tbsp

Method:
If using rice flour: dry roast it till it turns mild red and flavorful.
If using rice: then wash, soak for 1 hour. Remove water, pat dry in kitchen towel, dry in air for 30 minutes and powder it finely.
Then dry roast the obtained flour to mild red and flavorful finish. Keep aside.
Dry roast the sesame till it starts popping. Cover the pan and switch off when it starts to pop , to avoid wastage. The sesame will get roasted in  that stage.
Dry roast the moong dhal to mild red color and aromatic stage. keep aside.
Using a tsp of oil , fry the coconut to get a nice flavor and mild red color. (Using cut coconut pieces is authentic here). Keep aside.

Dissolve jaggery in 1 cup water by heating. Strain and remove any impurities.
Mix this jaggery solution with the roasted rice powder, ginger powder, roasted sesame, moong dhal, coconut, cardamom powder and mix well. If needed add some hot boiling water.

Let it cool, shape them with palms to an oblong shape, with some visible finger impressions.

Steam cook these dumplings in Idly cooker for 10 minutes. (After the steam comes in high pressure, reduce to medium heat and let it stay for 10 minutes).

Sweet pidi kozhukkattai is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as snack.
Makes 15 dumplings, depending on size.
The same base mix can be folded inside palm leaves,tied,  steam cooked and served as panai olai kolukkattai during Karthigai festival.




25 comments:

Hari Chandana said...

Classic and delicious recipe.. looks perfectttt :)


Indian Cuisine

Chitra said...

We make for tamil new year. we dont add dry ginger powder though. will try adding it :)

Now Serving said...

brings back fondest memories - lovely post!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Dumplings look simply yummy.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Jay said...

lovely n tempting Kozhukatai..Thanx for sharing..
Tasty Appetite

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Lovely recipe...Looks yummy too..

Mélange said...

Looks so homely that the cuties made me homesick..I loved them.will be a super hit !

divya said...

Lovely recipe and drooling over your pics.. Just yummy..

Swathi said...

You are right amma make this one as Lord Ganapathi's offering. Looks delicious

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks good!

Priya said...

Pidi kozhukattais are always my fav, can have it anytime..

kittymatti said...

Interesting...looks delicious

Sushma Mallya said...

This recipe is new to me, looks delicious viki:)

sweethome said...

Love this kozhukattai.

Suman Singh said...

A new dish for me..looks really good and yummy!

Sumi said...

nice recipe..my mom makes this except the sesame and ginger.Can we use puttu maavu /powder for this?

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Sumi, Chitra: Thanks for the nice comment. FYI: Adding ginger is common in Tirunelveli and nearby villages. I think it will help in digestion. sesame is not a must, but gives some more flavor.

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Viki's Kitchen said...

Sumi: I tried with puttu mavu too. white flour works fine, but red rice flour won't cook well soon.

While using red puttu flour: Bring 1 cup of water + jaggery soultion to boil and mix 1 cup flour with 1/2 cup water and add to the boiling water. Mix well to get a chapathi dough like consisitency. If needed add some tbsp of flour to get that stage. Knead well with other items and steam cook to get a soft kolukkattai.

Kitchen Flavours said...

New to me...looks delectable...

Suja Sugathan said...

Authentic recipe,looks super delicious, love jaggery based snacks.

Panchpakwan said...

This is new to me but looks really yummy.

Ila said...

my fav viki :) awesome and delicious :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply delicious..!!

Ambreen said...

Looks fabulous & delicious...nice one!