Sweet Kozhukkatai / Pidi Kozhukkatai

Sweet Kozhukkatai aka Pidi Kozhukkatai / Vella Kozhukkatai is offered to Lord Ganesha on Vinayagar Chathurthi day. It's an easy to make Kozhukkatai variety with minimal ingredients. Generally, the offerings to God are made with Raw rice soaked, dried and made to flour. I have made this kozhukkatai with home made processed rice flour.

To make rice flour for Kozhukkatai:
1. Soak Raw rice in water for 1 - 2 hours.
2. Drain water from the rice and spread it over a cotton cloth and allow it to dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
3. When it has moisture in it, dry grind it in a mixer and seive it twice to get smooth flour. Alternatively, you can get the flour done from the nearest flour mill.
4. Let the flour dry under shade and store it in an air tight container.

Here is a video on making of Sweet Kozhukkatai.

No. of Kozhukkatai : 14 nos. | Preparation Time : 15 minutes | Cook Time : 30 minutes

Rice flour -1 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Moong Dhall - 3 tablespoon
Cardamom (pounded) - 2 to 3 nos. or a a pinch of Cardamom powder
Coconut - 1/4 cup

Directions to make Sweet Pidi Kozhukkatai:
1. Dry roast moong dhall to golden brown and keep aside.
2. Dry roast grated coconut or coconut bits till it's color changes.

3. Boil Jaggery in a cup of water.

4. Once the water starts to bubble, add cardamom, roasted Dhall and coconut.

5. Turn off the stove and add Rice flour and mix it well with a ladle.

6. Allow it to cool down a bit and knead to a soft dough with hand.

7. Make round equal sized balls out of the dough and mould it with your hand as shown in the picture.

9. Steam it for 12 to 15 minutes.

Kozhukkatai is ready for neivedhyam.

1. Cube Jaggery can be used. It will give a nice light golden brown color.

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