Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi to all my blog visitors. My favorite god is vinayagar / Ganesha and I can say vinayagar chathurthi is the most special day in the year to me. I like to make kozhukattai and sundal on that day. Now I am presenting you pidi kozhukattai which is very soft in texture and awesome in taste.
- 1 cup – Idly rice
- 1 no – Onion (finely chopped)
- 1 or 2 nos – Green chilli (chopped finely)
- 2 tbsp – Coconut grated
- Salt as needed
- 1 tbsp – Sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp – Split black gram
- 1/4 tsp – Cumin seeds
- 3 or 4 nos – Curry leaves (chopped finely)
- 1 pinch – Asafoetida
- Wash and soak rice for 3 to 4 hrs. Then grind them in a mixer grinder to a smooth batter and add required salt, keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan, season with items given for seasoning. Add onion and green chillies, saute until slightly golden brown.
- Add 1/4 cup water and bring it to boil over low flame. Then slowly add rice flour batter little by little while stirring it continuously.
- Now add coconut grated and keep stirring to avoid forming lumps. Once the rice gets cooked and water is absorbed fully, the rice mixture will become thick like a ball, switch off the stove.
- Let it cool for a while. When the mixture is still warm, take a lemon sized mixture and roll them into a cylindrical dumpling with your hands as shown in the picture. Repeat the same till the mixture gets done. Steam the dumplings for at least 10 mins.
- Now pidi kozhukattai is ready. Serve hot and enjoy.
- Always keep the flame in low or medium while making rice flour mixture. It takes 10-15 mins but it is worthy doing it.
- Make kozhukattai when its still warm. Do not let it open for a long time which will cause the mixture to get dry and ending up in hard kozhukattai. Try to cover with wet clothe until you prepare.