Saturday, September 8, 2018

Ulunthu Kozhukattai | Urad dal Modak | Salt Kozhukattai

Ulunthu Kozhukattai, a healthy savory steamed dumpling with urad dal & coconut mixture as stuffing inside. For vinayagar chathurthi, in our home, we usually make sweet mothagam/kozhukattai along with chickpeas sundal as offering to Lord Vinayagar and do the pooja. So this ulunthu kozhukattai was totally new to me until i tried on my own a year back. I got to know about this kozhukattai from the cooking show that was aired during the time of vinayagar chathuri in one of tamil tv channel.Within few fews i tried this kozhukattai for first time as a evening snacks and we both really like it. Since then occasionally i made them as snack or as breakfast along with some coconut chutney/kara chutney.  
As Vinayagar Chathurthi is nearing, this savory kozhukattai would make a nice addition to your regular kozhukattai list and also it's ideal for elders in the family who are on sweet diet.Now let's see how to make this healthy and delicious ulunthu kozhukattai.For other kozhukattai and sundal recipe, check out the full ganesh chathurthi collection here .

Ulunthu Kozhukattai | Urad dal Modak

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 10 minsMakes : 8-10 
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
For dough 
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Sesame oil - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Boiling water - little less of 1/2 cup
For Filling
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Green chili - 2 
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Sesame oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste

Procedure
Soak the urad for 2 hrs, drain the water and add into the mixie jar along with green chili and salt.Grind them into coarse mixture. Heat the pan with oil, add mustard & curry leaves, let the mustard crackle, then add the coarse urad dal mixture.Next add the turmeric powder and saute in the low flame for 3-4 mins, then add the grated coconut, mix it well. Switch off the flame and let it cool a bit.In the mean time, take the rice flour in a bowl, add salt and oil, mix it well, then pour the boiling water and make a soft dough. Let it rest for 5 mins.Then make equal sized balls and take a ball, grease your fingers with oil well and gently press it with your fingers around the edges and move towards the center, it will make a small bowl like the below image.Take a spoonful of fillings and add into the center. Seal the edges and pinch it along the edges for some nice design.Do the same for all the dough and filling,place it in the greased steamer basket.Steam it for 8-10 mins in the medium flame. Tasty and healthy Ulunthu Kozhukattai is ready to serve.
Notes:
  • Depends on the quality of rice flour, you may need more or less of water, so keep a little extra boiling water in hand.
  • Use fine variety of rice flour or idiyappam flour.
  • Grind the urad dal into coarse for better texture.

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