Sunday, September 9, 2018

Udiri Kozhukattai | Ganesh Chathurthi 2018 Recipes | Gluten Free and Vegan Recipe

Udiri Kozhukattai

Hi Supermoms,

I am sure you all are gearing up for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi Festival . Many of you must be making Ganesh idols with your own hands . One of my close friend's little son painted so many Ganesh idols this year . When my friend shared those pictures , I was so happy to see the festival excitement in the next generation . 

"Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye" 

Our festivals are all celebrated with food. Lord Ganesha is popular for his love for good food and the festival platter usually includes loads of homemade snacks like varieties of Modak/Kozhukattai , Medhu Vadai , Appam, Sundal , just to name a few. 

We all love the traditional Ammini Kozhukattai, the free flowing marble shaped modaks, made in various versions like coconut, lemon, paruppu (lenitils) etc. Today, I am going to share a completely new take on this traditional Ammini kozhukattai recipe which I a call as, the Udiri Kozhukattai ( as it resembles 'Udiri Poo /Unstrung flowers).

I am going to break and use fresh coconut to mark this auspicious day and use it to make this kozhukattai. Equal amounts of rice and coconut are ground together. They are then cooked in a heavy bottom vessel . The dough is then shaped like small pipes or 'sev'. You can also roll them into tiny balls. They are then steamed and lightly tempered. 

 This kozhukattai can be served as a tiffin or tea time snack too. 

In our home, I usually prepare a large batch of rice dough for making kozhakattai in the morning ( sweet coconut and urad dal one) and with the remaining dough , I make either Ammini kozhukattai or Udiri Kozhakattai . 

Udiri Kozhukattai : 

Preparation time : 1 hour 
Cooking time : 40 minutes 
Serves : 2-3
1 cup =250 ml cup

Ingredients :

1 cup raw rice ( I used sona masuri variety)
1 cup fresh coconut ( grated )
2 cups water
1 teaspoon oil ( you can use sesame oil or coconut oil) 
salt to taste 

For tempering :

1-2 teaspoons oil ( use sesame or coconut oil)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1-2 dry red chilli ( whole) ( optional)
1 sprig curry leaves ( optional) 

Method :

1. Wash the raw rice two to three  times.
2. Soak it in 2 cups of water.
3. Grind the rice along with fresh coconut , adding water little at a time.

4. Heat a heavy bottom kadai/wok , add oil and add the ground rice-coconut mixture and salt.

5. Keep stirring and cooking over low to medium flame till the batter gets cooked and does not stick to the kadai. 
Chef tip: You can take a small portion of the dough and try rolling it . If you are able to roll with ease, then the dough is ready. You can switch off the gas. 
6. Once the dough is warm to touch, grease your hands with oil and shape them into small balls or sev, which ever is easy for you. 
7. Steam them for 5-7 minutes and switch off.
8. Heat a kadai with oil and temper with ingredients given for the same.

9. Add the steamed Udiri kozhukkatai , mix well and switch off.

Your simple and delicious traditional Udiri Kozhukkatai is now ready . 

Udiri Kozhukattai

Happy Cooking !

With love,


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