Every year for Vinayaka Chathurthi, when I have to make kozhukattai, I blindly follow Mrs. Mallika Badrinath's recipe from her book Traditional sweets. Though the recipe sounds easy, it takes a little practice when it comes to making a cup out of the rice flour dough. A little practice and patience, but worth the effort. Here is her recipe. I have re-written the recipe in my own words with very little alterations to the original reicpe.
Rice flour - 1 cup
Water - 1 and quarter cup
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt - less than quarter teaspoon
Note: For rice flour I used the regular rice flour available in the Indian grocery store. Authentic kozhukattai is made of pounded rice flour called Kai kuthal arisi maavu in tamil. It is prepared thus. Soak rice for one hour in water. Drain water through colander and dry by spreading over a towel under shade for one and half hours. Pound it to a fine powder. Sieve it. Allow to dry under shade for another one day. Keep in dry air-tight container and use whenever required.
Grated fresh coconut ( or shredded fresh coconut on the frozen secion in the Indian grocery store) - 1 cup
Grated white jaggery (light golden jaggery) - 1 cup (level)
Finely cut cashewnuts - 1 tablespoon
Ghee - 3 teaspoons
Cardamom powder - quarter teaspoon
Roasted gram - grind the gram (chutney dal or pottu kadalai) - 1 tablespoon
Grate white portion of the fresh coconut using traditional grater or buy the readymade fresh shredded coconut in the freezer section. Thaw it for an hour before use.
Grind the grated coconut for even and fine grating.
Mix grated jaggery to this and heat in a heavy bottomed kadai strring in between till jaggery melts completely.
When the mixture becomes a little thick stir in the ground gram dal, ghee fried finely chopped cashewnuts and cardamom powder.
Remove from heat and allow it to cool down completely before stuffing it into the kozhukattai.
Do the filling first and get ready the dough. By the time the dough is done the filling will be cooled off.
Heat water in a heavy bottomed kadai. Add salt and oil to the boiling water.
When the water starts bubbling, reduce the heat and pour the rice flour in the center as a heap. Insert a ladle and close with a lid leaving little gap.
Reduce the heat and cook for seven to ten minutes. Turn off the heat and stir the rice flour dough quickly without lumps.
Let the dough cool down a little. When it is still luke warm knead well to a smooth dough using little water to sprinkle if necessary. Apply oil the hands at the end while kneading.
Make small lemon sized balls out of the dough.
Using thumb and forefinger, flatten the edges first and gradually shape it like a cup carefully turning and pressing with equal pressure on all sides. A picture is thousand words and a video is a thousand picture. Click here to see how to shape the dough into a cup.
Keep little filling and fold it to seal well. Use the fork edge and press in the sides to form a design.
Arrange on a greased idli plate and steam cook for seven to ten minutes. Serve luke warm. Be careful while eating when it is still hot. The filling will be very very hot.
Other suggested fillings for kozhukattai are cashewnut filling, sesame filling, cashewnut and coconut filling.
This is my entry to Deep fried and Steam cooked sweet series event.