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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Uppu and Vella Kozukattai - Ganesh Chaturthy Special

Note 1: I have mentioned the ingredients in minimum quantity here so that you can know in what proportion the ingredients are to be mixed.

Note 2: Always prepare the filling first as the dough has to be made in the end just before bringing the  the Kozhukattais together.

Kozukattai Dough:

Rice Flour -1 cup
Water – 2 cups
Salt to taste
Coconut Oil – 2 tsp


In a heavy bottomed deep dish /pan, pour the water, add coconut oil and salt and allow to boil. Then reduce the flame to medium –low and add the cup of rice flour in to the water.  Add flour very carefully little by little and keep whisking all the time to avoid clots and coagulation. As you keep stirring when you see that all the water is gone, see if the entire batter scoops up on your ladle as a single mass. Whisk for a few more minutes till the batter stops sticking to the pan. Transfer to a bowl, add another spoon of coconut oil and knead well to form a huge ball like the dough used for making chappati.  Cover and set aside in a bowl.

Uppu Kozhukattai:

Bengal Gram 1/2 cup
Urud Dhal 1/4 cup
Green Chillies 3- 4
Curry leaves
Salt to taste


Soak the Bengal Gram and Urud Dhal for about 3 hours. Grind them in the mixer with salt, green chillies and curry leaves with as little water as possible. It should not be too smooth but a little short of that, a little coarse.  Add asafoetida and a spoon of oil and mix well.

In a tiny skillet on the stove, add oil and mustard, when the mustard splutters, add it to the ground paste.
Grease 1 or 2 idli plates and fill the firm ground paste in the idli plates. Steam the plates in the pressure cooker without the weight for 12 – 15 minutes. Switch off the gas, let the steam cool off and then remove the plates and allow cooling.
Transfer the steamed urud idlis to bowl and pour 1 spoon of coconut oil and slowly crumble them with your fingers. Do this when its still warm.

With the help of your oil greased hands make small thick rolls (about an inch) with the crumble. Once that is done, cover in air tight container and set aside. 
Take the Kozukattai Dough and make boat shape cups out of it with your oiled hands. Place a urud dal roll in to the boat shaped dough and seal the dough with your fingers by pressing the two sides together and forming the crown of the kozukattai. Place the kozukattais again in greased idli plates and steam in the pressure cooker for 12 minutes. Switch off stove and after a few minutes transfer to a plate/hot plate.

Vella Kozhukattai:

Freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 – 3/4 cup
Freshly Powdered cardamom -1 tsp
Milk 1 tbs
Water 2-3 tbsp


In a deep bottomed dish/pan add the jaggery, water and the milk. Allow it to melt. When the jaggery turns liquid, add the fresh grated coconut and mix well. Also put in the powdered cardamom and stir in well until the mixture leaves the sides. Cool the filling and make them in to little balls.
Grease your palms with coconut oil and then take a ball of the outer dough in your palms. Make a little depression in the centre with your thumb and make it in to the shape of a semi circle with smooth sides and a hollow in between. Fill the depression with the filling and close the edges and seal it with your fingers by forming a point.
Arrange all the Kozukattais for steaming on the greased idli plate. Steam it in the pressure cooker for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from steam, transfer to a plate/hot plate.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthy
Note: Make sure to offer the kozukattais for Neividyam before popping them into your mouth :D
Wishing you all a very very Happy Ganesh Chaturthy!!!


Hems said...

Thanks Deeps will try it out and let you know

Vatsala. said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family.
Uppu and Vella Kozukattai looks delicious.Thanks for linking.

Lady (Go)diva !!! said...

Thank you and same to you :)