Kozhukattai is an appetiser made with rice flour. The sweet dumpling is offered to lord Ganesha on his birthday as this is his most Favourite food. In fact I learned making this kozhukattai on his birthday to offer it as a Prasad for his special birthday Pooja. In south India it is celebrated as vinayagar chathurthi. In the morning we go to Ganesh temple where there will be special Poojas on that day. In the evening the Temples in the locality prepare to make a procession of the lord through the streets. People clean and draw kolam in front of their house to welcome Ganesha. We can make 21 kozhukattai as Prasad , many even make 108 kozhukattai and distribute them at the Temples.
We have tried some lovely shapes kozhukattai for Bal Ganesha.
Preparation time- 15 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins
Serves – 3
Rice flour – 1 cup
Banana – 5 tbsp
Apple – 5 tbsp
Chocolate – 25gms
In a pan dry roast the rice flour in medium flame for a while say 4 to 5 mins until the moisture in the flour is removed. In a saucepan heat some water, add a pinch of salt and allow it to boil. Once the water boils add it to the rice flour and stir well to get a dough consistency.
For the stuffing
Finely chop the banana, apple and chocolates.
Once the dough is ready flatten them in your palms or cut them into ur Favourite shapes with a cookie cutter. For the shapes kozhukattai we have to make 2 pieces of the shape thin them out with the fingers and keep the stuffing in between. After making the required numbers, steam cook the kozhukattai for 10 mins until they are done.
If kids at home have not tried kozhukattai they surely will do for their Favourite shapes and their favourite chocolate, banana and apple inside.