Sunday, August 24, 2014

मोदक / Modhak / Kozhukattai / கொழுக்கட்டை using Millet Flour for Vinayaka Chaturthi

Modhak / Kozhukattai is a popular / well known Prasadam / Naivedhyam item for Vinayaka Chaturthi throughout India
This is also done during Varalakshmi Vritham
Usually it is made out of Raw Rice Flour but I replaced the same with Millet / Sirudhaniyam Flour



Ingredients
Part 1 - Outer Cover
  • Millet Rice Flour - 1 cup
I used Kuthiravali arisi maavu
  • Water - 1 to 11/4 cups
  • Gingelly Oil - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - a pinch
Part 2 - Inner Stuffing / Poornam
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Powdered / Grated Jaggery - 3/4 - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom / Elachi - a pinch

Method
Step 1 - Outer Cover
  • Boil water in a sauce pan.Put salt and gingelly oil in it
  • Once it comes to boiling simmer the flame and add millet flour / rice flour gradually and give a quick stir till it reaches dough like consistency
  • When it becomes warm just knead with your greased palms and cover it with a wet cloth.Leave for 10 minutes atleast
Step 2 - Poornam / Inner Stuffing
  • Take grated coconut and jaggery in a sauce pan.Sprinkle a teaspoon of water and start heating in simeer flame
  • When it comes together add ghee and elachi powder and stir well till it leaves the sides of kadai.Switch off the stove
  • Now poornam is ready.Let it cool

Step 3 - Stuffing and Steaming
  • The outer layer and inner stuffing are ready
  • Now make small balls out of poornam
  • Grease your palms with oil and take a small ball out of outer cover / mel maavu
  • Press with your thumb and make a hallow.Make sure it is thin otherwise the taste of the dough dominates
  • Place one poornam ball inside it and close / cover the outer layer
  • See the pics below
  • Repeat it rest of dough and poornam
  • Once done steam in idly cooker / steaming tray for 10 minutes.Grease the steaming tray before placing the kozhukattais
  • Do not over crowd the steaming tray because the kozhukattais will be merged with each other as seen in the pic below
  • Note both the pics for difference
  • Its ok if the stuffing is seen outside also
  • Once done take it out and offer it to God