Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Poorana Kozhukattai (Vinayaga Chathurthi Special)

When we were small ,the first thing that will come to our mind about chathurthi is the sweet poorna kuzhakattai and sundal that will be made in all houses and will be distributed among the neighbouring houses on that day. We used to compare the softness of the kozhukattai made in different houses.
Though I love poorna kuzhakattai,I used to make modagam which is more favourite to vinayagar. But this year I wanted to share this recipe with my readers. For the last one week the Tv channels in Tamilnadu are telecasting the kozhukattai preparation as vinayaga chathurthi is this weekend. One recipe given by an experienced old lady (Forgot to note her name) in podigai Tv samayal sandegangal was really impressive. I tried the recipe today and it came out perfect. I think it is very easy and can never go wrong. The kozhukattai turned out very soft

Ingredients
Raw rice -200 gms (1 uzhakku) (Here we get mavu pacharisi)
Powdered jaggery-1/2 cup
grated coconut-1/2 cup
Cardomom-2
Ghee -2 teaspoon
Gingelly oil-1 tablespoon
Method
Soak the rice for an hour.Grind it well in a mixie.The batter can be watery. After grinding add 1/4 teaspoon salt and a teaspoon gingelly oil into the batter.The batter can be like dosa batter.
Keep a kadai in the stove. Boil 3/4 cup water and pour the grounded batter into the water and stir nicely.The batter will turn like a ball in a minute or two. Switch off the stove. Divide the batter into three portions and knead it into a smooth ball.make it into a single ball and cover it with a wet tissue or cloth.
Now for the coconut poornam , Keep the kadai in the stove.pour 1/4 cup water. Add the jaggerry into the water. Once the jaggerry dissolves, strain the jaggerry using a filter to remove impurities. wash the kadai and pour back the jaggerry and boil till it turns sticky. In medium fire it can be boiled for 3 to 4 minutes. Now add the coconut,ghee and the powdered cardamom and stir well till there is not much water content. Don't keep the coconut for a long tome in the stove. Switch off with in two minutes else the coconut will get roasted. Now the poornam is ready.
Now we have to make the kozhukattai and keep the poornam inside. In tamilnadu lot of ready made achu is available. But if you dont have achu also no problem. The batter will listen to your needs. Make small balls.spread it into flat thin circles as shown or make small kinnams as shown. little bit gingelly oil can also be used for spreading. Youngsters today will do a better work of making different shapes than us. Keep the poornam inside and cover nicely.If you make the first type stick the ends nicely.

Steam the kozhukattai in idly pot or stand. Remember you have to put a cloth or tissue on the idly plate before steaming else the steam from below will change the colour of the kozhukattai.

20 comments:

shriannalakshmi said...

Thank you aunty for posting such an easy recipe.Good for the beginners also.

Hemalatha said...

thank u so much aachi.......

Raji said...

The rice layer hasn't come out so soft all these days. I did as how you mentioned. It was damn soft. My hubby liked it very much. Kuddos to you.

ram said...

We ends up in your blog for all kind of our food preparation. Please post Modhagam, paal kozhukattai recipes. I like to read the description you are giving at the beginning of each recipe.
thanks for posting the wonderful recipes. Ram.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Ram,Modagam recipe has already been blogged under prasadam.Please try.I will soon blog the pal Kozhukkattai recipe.

Anitha Catherine said...

amma, should we grind rice and make the outer portion or can we use the rice flour we get here? If using rice flour, please tell me how to do it.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Anitha,The rice flour available in the shop does not turn out good.You grind soaked raw rice in the mixie.If you take just 1 tumbler then it is easy.Grinding will take just 5 minutes.But the quality will be very good

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Super kozhukattai Aunty. I just make it the similar way. I add kadalai paruppu to the puranam. Happy Vinayaka Chaturdi !!

Janani said...

Thanks Achi!!!!!!!!!!

Cham said...

Hope u had a wonderful Vinayagar Chadurthi Aunty! Kozhukattai recipe sounds very different for outer layer!

தேனம்மை லெக்ஷ்மணன் said...

a nice one Solai..:))

Mano Saminathan said...

The kozhukkattais are beautiful!
The recipes of your chettinadu kitchen just tempts to try immediately!

Gandhimathi said...

Aachi, welcome back. Love your blog and thanks so much for all the efforts. Please keep them comming and also kindly add some of the traditional foods such as maavu urundai, karupatti paniyaram, maavadu oorgai, maagali kizhangu oorgai (its rare nowadays as is the sundakkai- atleast we could see in pictures from US :). Thanks again!

Kalaivani said...

amma enna mathiri amma illatha ponnukellam easy ah samaika kathu kodukirenga usa vantha veetukku vanga

Solai Chidambaram said...

heart warming to see comments like this kalaivani.Thankyou

Suhanya said...

Thanks for the recipe aunty.. been looking for this authentic one for long time :)

Aneetha said...

Hello Aachi,

I was searching your blog for recipes for
- thiratu paal
- Karupatti paniyaram
- Illai maavu (for this pillayar nonmbu!!)

Your blog has become my first and only stop for any chettinad special dishes.. Can you pleaseeee post recipes for the above? Thanks so much!!!!!

Aneetha

sovi said...

Thanks a lot for the recipe aunty. enga veetle kolukatai saira pazhakam illa... but enaku seyanunu asai, I'm glad I found your site... matha recipesum super aunty.

btw where did you get this plate(banana leaf)? even I want to get liek this... pooja mudichu vazhai ilayle saapta maari irukum :)

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
We made this sweet,it turned out really soft and tasty,we have never had such soft kozhakattai,thank you,
Skl

kavitha said...

aunty, i tried out yesterday and came out very nicely. for me the outer will always be rough since i was using the idiyappam flour. but yesterday, i was little scared to give a try and thought it will be very watery; but gone ahead and it was soo soft...thank you :) :)