Thursday, February 14, 2013

SWEET KOZHUKATTAI

Sweet Kozhukattai (South-Indian Rice Pudding) is a famous South Indian recipe prepared on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi. The base ingredient of this sweet is Rice Flour. This rice flour is not the ready made one available in stores. The process to prepare the same is given in detail, below. This sweet cannot withstand for longer days and hence it is better to consume these kozhukattais on the very same day of preparation itself.

MAKES: 12-15 KOZHUKATTAIS


INGREDIENTS 

FOR THE BASE:
Rice Flour (*) - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/4 cup
Til Oil - 1 Tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp




FOR THE FILLING:
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Grated Jaggery (Gud) - 1 cup
Diced Cashewnuts - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 Tsp
Elachi Powder - 1 tsp



*RICE FLOUR (CONSISTENCY):
Soak the rice in water for half an hour. Then, drain the water completely and spread the same in the shade/ over a cotton cloth until the excess water is absorbed. Now, grind the rice in a mixer into a nice and smooth flour.


PREPARATION OF THE FILLLING:
Grind the grated coconut in a mixer. Now add the grated coconut and the jaggery into a hot pan. Keep stirring this mixture until the jaggery completely dissolves without any form of lumps. Once the mixture starts to thicken, add the elachi powder and cashews and take the pan off the flame. Let the mixture cool for a while. Now use this as a filling to the rice base, whose preparation method is mentioned below.


METHOD:


  • Take a tough bottomed pan and pour water into it. Now add salt and oil. Let it boil for a while.
  • Once it starts boiling, sim the burner and add the entire rice flour to this mixture. Mix well.
  • Put a big spoon in the centre and close the pan.
  • Let it boil for another 10 minutes.
  • Now switch the burner off and thoroughly mix the paste with the spoon.
  • Once the mixture cools, apply oil to your hand and make the paste into a smooth dough. If required, you may add little bit of water.
  • Prepare medium sized balls using this dough and flatten with your palms.
  • Now place the filling prepared (SCROLL UP FOR FILLING PREPARATION) in the middle of the dough.
  • Bring the end of the dough to the top and seal it by pressing the dough gently but firmly with your fingers.
  • Place these filled dough in a plate greased with oil and pressure cook the same in the pan for 8-12 minutes.
  • Your SWEET KOZHUKATTAI is ready.
For those who wish to make this recipe healthier may make the filling using Soya chunks too. How?? 
It's simple. I have posted a sweet made with Soya chunks - "Soya milk khoa/khoya". Instead of using the coconut+jaggery filling, you can substitute this sweet into the rice flour mixture.
Click here to redirect to SOYA MILK KHOA/KHOYA.


Have a great day!! 


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