Uppuma Kozhukattai with Cornmeal
Vinayaka Chathurthi is the festival celebrating Lord Ganesha's Birthday. We would go to temples where elaborate Pooja happens. At night the decorated idol of Ganesha circumambulates the township, bestowing his grace to everyone.
The Prasadham is the main attraction and nothing is more mouth-watering than the Modagam / Poorana Kozhukkattai served on this day. He accepts whatever His devotees offer Him with love and affection.
The permutations and combinations for the humble Kozhukattai is endless. Experimenting with Corn-Rava, I have tried a variation of the Uppuma Kozhukattai.
Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi.
Cornmeal (Corn Rava) - 1/4 cup
Rice Rava - 3/4 cup
Oil - 4 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Cashew nuts - 3 Tbsp, chopped into bits
Green Chillies - 3, minced
Water - 2 + 1/4 cups
Salt to taste
Coconut, grated - 1/4 cup
Pinch of sugar
Heat oil in a kadai and splutter the mustard seeds and urad dal. Tip in the jeera, curry leaves, cashew nuts and chopped green chillies.
Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer and add the rice and cornmeal; stirring the water continuously to avoid lumps in the batter. Mix in salt to taste.
Simmer till the water is almost absorbed and then cover with a close fitting lid.
Cook until the rice is soft and fluffy. Mix in sugar and grated coconut.
Allow to cool (covered) until you can handle the dough.
Take small fist full of dough and gather gently to form an oblong shaped dumpling.
Line a steamer with a banana leaf, greased with a little ghee. Place the dumplings on it and steam for 10 minutes.
Serve hot with Coconut Chutney or Idli Milagai Podi.
I was encouraged by this post. Thank You Prathiba. She also says that Corn Rava can be substituted with the same quantity of Tur Dal - Interesting!
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