After last week's awesome treats, this week I'm really playing low with some subtle dal, stir fries etc. Nothing new from my kitchen and I donno how long it will atlast may be tomorrow I will post some spicy chicken or some chocolaty treat. This dish which I share today reminds me of the festive mornings back in India where my Mom would wake us up at around 5 am to get ready to decorate the puja room.We would throw in all our creativity and help her in arranging for the celebration. Especially during Ganesh Chaturthi I would never have any breakfast, will just stick to the sweet and savory kozhukattai. Late lunch in vazhayilai and will make us so full . We just sit and watch the special TV programs. I'm planning for a vacation during Diwali and eagerly waiting such an festive morning after so many years !!!
This is one variety of prasadham offered to Hindu god Lord Ganesha on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturti. It is an easier and savory version of the Kozhukattai. I have shared the Sweet version here. We simply love kozhukattai and do not wait for the festival. It turns out be a usual evening snack in our place. It is a quickie and can be prepared in half an hour if you are using store bought rice powder. It requires no expertise , so Prepare, Steam and Enjoy !!!
Rice Flour - 1 cup
Water - 3/4 cup
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 drops
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Urid Dal - 1 tsp
Green Chilly - 4 no
Oil - 1 tsp
- Add salt to the water and boil it well.
- Slowly add the boiling water to the rice flour and knead it into a smooth dough. The dough should not be too sticky so carefully add the water.
- Finely chop the green chillies and curry leaves.
- Heat oil in a small pan, add the mustard and allow it to splutter.
- Add the channa dal, urad dal and saute in medium flame until they turn golden brown.
- Add the chopped green chillies, curry leaves and saute them.
- Transfer the seasoning to the prepared dough.
- Mix well and shape them into small cone like structures.
- Place the kozhukkatai's in greased idly plates or any steamer and steam for about 10 - 12 minutes.
- Serve Warm.
- You can use ready made rice flour available in stores or soak raw rice, dry it and grind it to a fine powder and use it.
- If you are using store bought powder, buy the one especially for kozhukattai or Idiyappam.
- Kozhukattai will become dry if over steamed.