Kozhakattai is normally prepared during Ganesh Chathurthi. It is called by different names in different regions of the country. It is called modak in Marathi and Konkani as well as Gujarati language, Kozhakkatta in Malayalam, modhaka or kadubu in Kannada, modhakam or kozhakkattai in Tamil, and kudumu in Telugu.
Kozhakattai are steamed rice balls with fillings. The fillings can be of coconut , urad (refined black gram), ellu (Black seasame seeds).
For the Stuffing:
Grated Coconut : 1 cup
Jaggery (Gur or Gud) : 3/4 cup
Cardamom : 2 or 3 pods powdered
For the Covering:
Rice Flour : 1 cup
coconut oil / til oil or any other oil : 2 tsp
salt : pinch
Heat a pan and add 1 cup of water and 1 tsp of oil, salt and let it boil. In the meantime , take 1 cup in a bowl and mix the rice flour into a smooth batter without any lumps. When the water starts boiling, add the batter. Keep stirring until it is shiny and smooth. Remove from fire and close it with a lid.
By the time the dough cools , lets prepare the stuffing :
Melt the jaggery and strain it to remove the impurities. Reheat and make a syrup. To check the syrup consistency, take cold water in a glass and add few drops of the syrup in it. If it forms a ball , soft to touch , it is ready. Add the grated coconut and stir till the content leave the sides of a pan. Add cardamom powder and remove from fire and let it cool.
To prepare the kozhakattais:
Knead the dough well and make small lemon sized balls. Shape it into a cup by flattening the ball with your hands. Take a small sized ball of coconut stuffing and keep it in the middle. Close from all sides and pinch the ends together. Repeat the process till all the dough and stuffing is used up. Steam the kozhakattais in the steamer or in idli steamer till 15-20 minutes.
Your Kozhakattais are ready to offer to Lord Ganesha!!!!!!!
If you have banana leaves , place the kozhakattais on the banana leaves and steam. This will ensure that your kozhakattais do not stick to the plate. You can grease the plates will oil so that the kozhakattais do not stick.