Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ellu Kozhukattai | Ellu Pooranam Kozhukattai | Vinayagar Chathurthi Recipe

Ellu Kozhukattai, a steamed dumpling made from sweet sesame seed stuffing. Healthy and tasty snacks used to be prepared on Vinayagar chathurthi. In our home, we usually make chana dal pooranam kozhukattai for Vinayagar chathurthi. 

But i have seen people (those who are from North part of  Tamilnadu )making ellu kozhukattai & ellu urundai  on chathurthi days and  i tasted this kozhukattai a couple of times from the neighbors when we were in Villupuram. 

For this year vinayagar chathurthi, as I had already posted two savory kozhukattai recipe(Pidi kozhukattai & Ragi Kozhukattai), here comes the sweet & delicious ellu kozhukattai. The best part of this kozhukattai is that you can prepare the stuffing ahead and store in the refrigerator.It stays well for upto 5 days in the refrigerator.

Ellu Kozhukattai

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsMakes : 10 
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ellu Kozhukattai, Ellu poornam Kozhukattai, Sesame seed Modak, Ellu Kozhukattai, a steamed dumpling made from sweet sesame seed stuffing.
Sesame seed/ Ellu - 1/4 cup
Peanut(roasted) - 1 tbsp
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 2
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Sesame oil - 1 tsp
Water - 1/3 cup

First let's make the pooranam, heat the kadai, add sesame seed and dry roast till it starts to pop,remove from heat and let it cool.
In the same pan, add the coconut and roast till it becomes slightly golden brown, switch off the flame and let it cool. Once the sesame seeds are cooled, add into mixie/blender jar.
Add peanuts and cardamom into mixie jar and grind into coarse mixture. Now add powdered jaggery & coconut.
Pulse it few times until it all blends together and transfer into a plate. Make small balls from the grounded mixture. That's it our stuffing is ready.
Let's make the outer layer, heat the water in a kadai, add salt and sesame oil into it and let it boil. Once the water comes to boil, switch off the flame.
Immediately add the rice flour and mix it vigorously until it all comes together. Keep it aside covered for 5 mins.
Once the dough comes to hand bearable temperature, mix it with your hand and make a smooth dough.Make equal small lemon size balls from the dough.Grease your hands with sesame oil, take a rice ball and with help of your finger tips, make a kinnam(small bowl).
Place the stuffing inside the kinnam and seal the edges as shown in below pic.
Do the same for the remaining dough and place all in the greased steamer/idly plate and steam it  for 8-10 mins.
Tada, Ellu Kozhukattai is ready to serve.

Related : How to make Poorna Kozhukattai / Chana Dal Kozhukattai

  • Peanut is optional, you can skip that.
  • After adding the jaggery, pulse your mixie, no need to grind it.
  • You can make this stuffing ahead and use it whenever needed. 
  • Once the kozhukattai is cooked, the outer layer looks shiny.

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