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Monday, September 13, 2010

KOZHUKATTAI / MODAKAM / POORNA KOZHUKATTAI / SWEET KOZHUKATTAI

 How to make modakam, Modhakam recipe, How to make pillayar kozhukattai, How to make poorna kozhukattai, How to make sweet kozhukattai
 How to make modakam, Modhakam recipe, How to make pillayar kozhukattai, How to make poorna kozhukattai, How to make sweet kozhukattai
Vinayaga is a Universal GOD and the above mentioned symbolism of HIM is for us to think and follow it. Modakam / poornam kozhukattai or sweet kozhukattai is made as an offering for Vinayaga chaturthi. Though it is time consuming, everyone love to do it and offer it to Pillaiyar / Ganesha. As mentioned in the symbolism, it represents the rewards of Sadhana, which requires lots of patience and take a long time. The same with the dish too.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEL MAAVU (OUTER COVERING):

Rice flour - 2 cups(store bought rice flour/idiappam flour can be used)
Water - 2 cups
Salt - a generous pinch
Gingelly oil - 1 tablespoon

INGREDIENTS FOR THE POORNAM (SWEET FILLING):

Crushed Jaggery - 1 1/2 cups
Scraped OR grated coconut - 2 cups
Cardamom - 4 (to powder)
Ghee - 1 tsp.

METHOD:

MEL MAAVU:

Heat water in a heavy-bottomed kadai, add salt and oil. When it starts boiling, simmer the stove and add the rice flour slowly and stir it quickly without any lumps. When it leaves the sides of the kadai and becomes like a dough, take it off the stove and keep it covered for 10 minutes. When cool, knead well and keep aside.

POORNAM:

Dissolve crushed jaggery in a ladle of water, strain it without any dust. Heat a pan and add the dissolved jaggery, coconut and cardamom powder. Saute for a while till it becomes thick enough to roll into balls. Add a spoon of ghee and mix well. When cool, make small balls out of it.

PROCEDURE:

Grease your hand with gingelly oil. Take out small balls from the mel maavu and shape into cups using your hand. Place a poornam ball inside it and shape into modhaks (with a small projection in the top as shown in picture). Grease idli plates and arrange these modhaks in it. Steam cook for 8 minutes in medium heat. Allow a standing time of 5 minutes. Offer them to Pillaiyaar when done. 


NOTE: Only one or two modhaks should be arranged in one depression of the idli plate. Perfect modaks will be glossy when done.

50 comments :

  1. Lovely post..Pics are divine,Happy Ganesha chaturti to you and your family..

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  2. Wow...wonderful and very informative post Shanthi..Excellent clicks..Modhagam looks so cute and awesome...:)

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  3. All the kozhukattai looks very perfect and nice post !!

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  4. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi...
    Looks perfect and loved your explanation too...

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  5. Happy vinayaka chavathi..modhakam looks delicious...

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  6. Hi,

    Happy Ganesh chathurthi to you and your family...

    Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com
    www.lovelypriyanka.blogspot.com

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  7. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family. Modaks look so cute and tempting.

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  8. lord ganesha looks so divine n modaks too ...thanks q somuch for sharing such a valuable information on ganesha symbol n all

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  9. Beautiful pics, it looks really tempting and hope you had a great time...

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  10. wonderful looking modhakams... lovely explanations for youngters..

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  11. modakam looks really yummy. Looks divine

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  12. that is a very informative post.... Kozhukattai looks perfect!

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  13. I am so happy to have discouvered your site following your visit to Anna's Table. I am looking forward to following your future posts. Your site is so informative and has wonderful recipes.
    Happy Ganesha,

    Anna
    http://annastable.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm so glad to have found your site following your visit to Anna's Table. You have such an informative blog, with wonderful recipes. I'm looking forward to this learning experience via your blog.
    Happy Ganesh,

    Anna,
    http://annastable.blogspot.com

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  15. Divine vinayakar and nice looking modhakams Shanthi.
    Hope you had a happy festival.

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  16. Very nice info about the symbolism of Ganesha.

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  17. Modaks look wonderful. Perfect offerings to Lod Ganesha.


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  18. Perfect recipe and nice clicks...hope u had a great time with ganesha's blessings..

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  19. Woww.. looks so divine and lovely.. thanks for sharing dear !!

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  20. Very informative post.Modaks look delicious.

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  21. Very informative post.Modaks look delicious.

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  22. Wish you a belated chathurthi too :)

    The modhakam looks so neat and perfect. You really have the patience and love the neat way you have arranged them :) I had so much of it day before, but still feeling tempted when I see the pics :)

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  23. Beautiful pictures and modhakam looks delicious

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  24. CUte looking modaks, thanks for sharing this interesting post..

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  25. Thanks for your wonderful comments in my blog. First time here and simply loved your recipes, tips etc., Hope you had a wonderful Vinayaga Chaturti. No doubts..I'm following your blog now.
    Please do visit my blog often and leave your valuable comments !!

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  26. Rice modak looks so yummy and devine.
    Wish you happy ganesh chaturthi to you and your family..

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  27. Lovely post and useful divine info of Ganapathi through picture. Mothagam is so nice.

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  28. lovely kozhakatais, u r really innovative to use mini idly thattu for kozhakattais, u idea of cleaning silver vessels is a real hit in my house, hats off and thanks aton

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  29. informative post.. modak looks perfect!

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  30. Very informative post..Kozhukkattai is an all time fav

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  31. Thanks for sharing the Ganesha symbolism.

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  32. Wonderful post, very well-explained!! Modhakams look so lovely...

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  33. Dear Shanti
    I am really honored to read your comment at my blog. I have been cooking form childhood days and it became a hobby as cooking is a great stress reliever.
    Thank you so much for posting many Recipes at Iyengar cuisine. I am making banana stem fry today following your recipe. It is very different from Bong recipe. Most classical bong vege recipes are devoid of onion and garlic.
    Have a nice day

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  34. Wow they look perfectly shaped n they r tempting :)

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  35. kozhukkattais look just perfect..am sure ganesha was more than happy

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  36. Happy ganeshchaturti! Kozhukkatta has come out delicious. Healthy way of eating it than deep fried!

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  37. delicious Modhagam, my fav too, great

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  38. the modaks look so divine. hope u enjoyed a nice ganesh chathurthi.

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  39. It was awesome! I ate nearly half of the kozhukattais in that plate :) make sure you are at bang for every Vinayaka chathurthi! :P :P

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  40. The entire explanation was really lovely and I love the mention of Sadhana which is transalted in to the preparation f the modhakas!!! Lovely plump modhakas and great explanation!

    Shobha

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  41. Your Ganesh z looking so cute & ur dishes made me mouthwatering,soon I start to taste & post in my blog too.
    http://divyascookingjourney.blogspot.com

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  42. A very well documented post. It is my first time to see the symbolism of Lord Ganesh's picture and I find it really very interesting. The sweets are looking delicious!

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  43. Good very nice presentation

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  44. Should the rice flour prepared as soaking rice and draining it then nizhalunathal and grinding method?

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