Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ulundu Kozhukattai






Preparations for Ganesh Chathurthi must have started in full swing in most parts of the country. Both in Bangalore and Hyderabad, huge idols of Ganesha can be seen adorning almost all the streets. You can see the Lord depicted in different forms. You can find him posing with a cricket bat or kicking a foot ball. You might also find him playing various musical instruments or in a dance posture. Don’t be surprised if you find him in some yoga postures as well! I love collecting idols of Ganesha in different forms and I do have a small collection. But since we shifted to this new apartment, I have not been able to take out my Ganeshas and put them on display :)

As we all know from the many mythological stories, that Ganesha loves to eat, So it is a practice to offer a wide array of offerings on the Ganesh Chathurthi, his favorite being the Modak or Poorna Kozhukattai. Along with this savory kozhukattais, nei appam, idlis, Chakkara Pongal, Vadai etc are also prepared.

I have already posted kozhukattais with 2 different sweet fillings. Today I am sharing a savory one.


15 to 16 medium sized Kozhukattais

What you'll need

For the outer covering
  1. Rice Flour/Idiyappam Flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1 cup +1/4 cup use only if required
  3. Salt – a pinch
  4. Sesame oil – 1 tsp + little more for greasing your palms

For the filling
  1. White Urad Dal – ½ cup
  2. Fresh Scraped Coconut – ½ cup
  3. Green Chillies – 2
  4. Curry Leaves – few sprigs
  5. Oil – 2 tsp
  6. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  7. Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  8. Salt to taste

Method
  1. Wash and soak the urad dal for 20 minutes. Discard the water, and rinse in fresh water again. Drain completely.
  2. Grind this along with green chillies and curry leaves into a very coarse paste, without adding any water.
  3. Transfer into a bowl, add salt and mix well.
  4. Grease an idli mould, take a little of the ground dal paste and pat it into the groves.
  5. Steam this for 6 to 7 minutes or till a knife inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let this cool. Remove from mould and pulse in a mixer till the dal resembles a coarse powder.
  7. Heat a non stick frying pan with oil, splutter mustard seeds and add a generous pinch of asafoetida.
  8. Now add the dal powder and scraped coconut and stir well for 5 to 6 minutes.
  9. Cool and transfer into a bowl. Shape into small oblong shaped balls.
  10. Take the idiyappam flour in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and mix well.
  11. Bring 1 cup of water to boil add the oil.
  12. Now add the hot water, about ½ cup at a time and mix well with a wooden spatula. Set aside to cool slightly. Knead into smooth dough with your hands while still warm. Do not allow the mixture to get too cold, start kneading when you can handle the mixture with your hands.
  13. Grease your palms and pinch out small lemon sized balls out of the dough. Flatten the dough in your palms and place a ball of prepared filling in the center.  Fold into half to form crescent shape and seal the edges. Prepare more kozhukattais using the remaining dough and filling.
  14. Heat a steamer, you can also use the idli stand. Place the kozhukattais one by one without touching each other and steam for 10 minutes or until the outer layer is shiny.



Note:
While making the outer layer, add water little by little once the dough seems to comes together stop adding water. Cool and knead with hands. Add drops of hot water if required later. Keep the dough covered till the filling is ready.

Linking this to Festive Food Event - Ganesh Chathurthi

Also Linking to Let's Party Prasadam Special, Also linking to Healthy Diet: Steamed Food hosted by Jaleela.

36 comments:

Vimitha Anand said...

Loving the savory version... Looks nice

WeR SAHM said...

yummy kozhukattai...

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Sanoli Ghosh said...

Savory kozhukattai. Wonderfully made it Kaveri.

Today's recipe:
http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.com/2012/09/tomato-garlic-fish.html

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious version,luks perfect...

WeR SAHM said...

Delicious Prasadam for the upcoming ganesh chaturti festival and thanku so much for linking to the event... looking forward for more entries from you...

Swasthi said...

Looks so delicious.

Akila said...

Book marked to prepare.... Looks awesome

Priya said...

Yummy kozhukattais, one of my fav stuffing but unfortunately none at home love this:(, Happy vingayar chathurthi wishes Kaveri, if you are interested do send them to Healthy diet-Steamed food,happening here http://cookbookjaleela.blogspot.fr/2012/09/event-announcement-my-first-event.html..

tamilsasikitchen said...

Lovely kozhukattai...yum...like the urad dal stuffing...

Chandrani said...

Kazhukattai looks very traditional and delicious.


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Priya R said...

such lovely and delicious modak :-) always neat presentations and inviting clicks

Priya
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Meg's Delicious Adventures said...

wonderful clicks and mouthwatering preparation.
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Prathima Rao said...

Looks perfect..nice, authentic recipe..
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PT said...

neat presentation :) like the cute ganesha idol..

jeyashrisuresh said...

Super tempting and yummy ulundu kozhukattais. nice pictures too

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious Ulundu kozhukattai Kaveri. My mom used to make it.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

lovely looks but i love sweet version much... n vinayagar idol is so cute...
Happy vinayagar chathurthi...
VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

Farah Saleem azeez said...

looks lovely kaveri!

Mélange said...

Pretty presentation Kaveri..Complete divine feel here.Thanks for sharing.

ANU said...

these look awesome dear!

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divya said...

looks super delish ...yum

Nagashree said...

Delicious, I am the savory gal :-).

SouthIndianHome said...

Wonderful authentic Kozhukattai Kaveri..

Julie said...

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious kozhukattai and loved the presentation...

Vidhya said...

Loved this savory kozhukatti.And your Ganesha diya looks so cute.

Shabbu said...

Looks delicious..
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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Lovely pictures :) Perfectly made kozhukattais too ...

Hema said...

Love this savory version too..

Lubna Karim said...

That's an delectable recipe...

Anonymous said...

Namaskaram. I am a huge fan of your blog. I hail from palakkad. I was wondering if you have the recipe for chenai moolagootiam.
Regards,
Anjana

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Hi Anjana,
Thanks for your lovely words. I have posted the recipe for Molagootiam with mixed veggies. You can add only chenai and make molagootiam. Here is the link:
http://palakkadcooking.blogspot.in/2010/12/molagutiam.html

Roshni said...

love the array of all the kozhakkatais that you have presented

SouthIndianHome said...

Wonderful presentation. Looks delicious

faseela said...

delicious n superb kozhukattai

Sharans Samayalarai said...

Lovely Kozhukattai... Happy to follow you :)

Inviting you to join my on-going events :-

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Cheers,
Sharanya
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