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Modak Kozhukattai Recipe

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Indians, have a long tradition of steamed cooking. Since the ancient times is cooked Modak, a ritual dish offered to Lord Ganesha and dumplings made ​​from rice flour, stuffed with brown sugar and grated coconut and can be fried or steamed. Modak also known as kozhukattai is made ​​with rice flour and stuffed with grated coconut. The members of the family, singing hymns offer this sweet to Ganesha.

The figure of the god Ganesh elephant head on a human body is represented by Hindus as an archetype loaded with multiple meanings and symbolisms that express a state of perfection , and the way to reach it; Ganesh is in fact the symbol of the one who discovered the Divinity within himself. He represents the perfect balance between masculine energy Siva and feminine Shakti, or between strength and gentleness, between power and beauty; also symbolizes the discriminative capacity that allows to distinguish truth from illusion, the real from the unreal.

At the Hindu Ganesha is one of the most well-known representations of the god and worshiped; is depicted with an elephant head provided with a single tusk, four arms and pronounced belly, while riding or being served by a rat, his vehicle. It is often shown seated with one leg lifted off the ground and bent over the other, in the position of lalitasana.

The worship of Ganesha is widespread, even outside India; Ganesh devotees are called Ganapatya.
has an elephant's head on a human body, a fat belly softly, welcomes food and flowers in her devotees and as a mount he is not that small are using a mouse, often portrayed to his feet. It can be said that as a god Ganesh is rather unique.

Yet in India is one of the most loved and revered Gods, who are dedicated temples and large parties of mass. Her image is familiar to us now in the West: we find it often in the little squares hanging in the centers of meditation and yoga. What they do not know is that behind that image placid lies a forest of symbols, myths and psychological meanings, including a special bond with women. Let us go then to discover the secrets of Ganesha.

The elephant-headed god is worshiped by Hindus, first of all for one reason: in the Hindu sacred texts is considered the remover of obstacles. When a person has to jump into a new business to start up something important the construction of their home, the beginning of a love, a long journey, taking in a job is to Ganesh who asks for protection and help to overcome the difficulties in its path. According to anthropologists this belief stems from an elephant cult prevalent in rural India since ancient times.

No coincidence that the sovereign and gurus of the past appeared before his subjects or to the faithful in the back of this beautiful animal. But the figure of Ganesha also hides something else. To understand in particular its relationship with the women we find solace in one of the myths that tell of his birth.

The goddess Parvati wanted a son but his companion, the god Shiva, did not want to . Parvati then decided to build it alone: ​​the child was born to a big laugh of the goddess or - according to another version of the myth - the sweat of his skin. The son of Parvati (born in human form) was very strong, so the goddess gave him an order: you will protect my private chambers and prevent anyone from entering while I swim. Unfortunately, however, came Shiva, oblivious to everything, and tried to enter the rooms of his wife.

The boy, in obedience to his mother, blocked his way and Shiva, furious, cut off his head clean off. Outraged, the Goddess Shiva claims that the Earth would send all the demigods gana to recover from a head to hang up his son's body to bring it back to life. The gana returned carrying an elephant head: therefore, since the son of Parvati has that and it is called Ganesh or Ganapati, which means Lord of the demigods.


3 cups rice flour
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp clarified butter
4 cups grated coconut
1 cup jaggery
6 cups water
1 tsp cardamom
1 cup milk
Salt to taste

Recipe Method

Mix jaggery and grated coconut and keep the mixture aside for half an hour.

Boil water in a vessel and add oil and pinch of salt to it. Take off heat. Add the rice flour, little by little and cover the mixture and let it cool.

When it is cool, knead it well into dough with a smooth finish. It should be hard enough to roll it without using any flour or oil.

In a pan add the butter, cardamom, coconut, jaggery and milk. Cook the mixture on medium heat for 10 minutes. Keep it aside for cooling down.

Make balls with the covering dough. Flatten them on the palm into a circle with the other hand's thumb making a hole in the center. Use your fingers to make a shape like a muffin cup and put the stuffing in it. Cover it completely with the dough and fold the edges tapering to the centre.

Steam-cook the ball in a cooker for 15 minutes.

Modak Kozhukattai Recipe


venus66 said…
Looks delicious!
Thank you for your kind words and visit.
Max Coutinho said…
Kalyan, hi!

Oh my God!!!! My mouth is watering already: thank you so much for the recipe, man!
I am going to print it out and try it! :D

You are a gem!

Kungsfiskaren said…
Lovely in many ways!
Greetings from Sweden
soujanya said…
looking cute...delicious...ofcourse....well made..
Lilangel said…
Lovely blog :)

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and the modaks looks absolutely yummy :)

Thanks for dropping by at my site !
Neha said…
They look so neat..Yummy...
Jeevan said…
This is something what we do in different shape naming 'Kozakattai'. That looks so sweet and yummy.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! Have a wonderful time at home friend :)
Kala said…
I love dumplings - these look and sound delicious.
don said…
A fine picture of these sweet dumplings. Nice close up work of this fine looking food.
this dumpling look like a simple dish to prepare, well may be not so easy :) hi, am glad i came here- great blog
Joelaindien said…
ok ! seems to be delicious !
see you !
Pupottina said…
I love dumplings
they are delicious
kalaiselvisblog said…
Looks delicious Kalyan...
I 2 did Modak this time... It came well...
Babli said…
Dumpling looks yummy, tempting and lovely. Perfectly prepared.
johbont said…
nice and it looks tasty/
and the roses on the back makes it romantic
kankana said…
I love dumplings and have tried so many varieties but these just rocked my world. I never had these but looks so so so cute and yum!
Junia said…
this looks soo perfect! you should totally link up your post to our #ricelove bloghop party, so that others can find your awesome recipe!
I never had this version of dumpling. Sounds wonderful!
Baker Street said…
I love modaks! Thanks for sharing!
Shulie said…
My mom makes similar ones we call Laru but with wheat flour. These are wonderful for Rice Love blog hop. Now I am craving my mom's but she is miles away..
Hope you had a great Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, those dumpling looks great, sadly i have missing them for years now!
sra said…
Kalyan, you have an interesting blog here - am honoured that for a photographer like you, something I clicked looked good enough to eat. I must have visited your blog earlier, I'm not sure, but I'm sure I'll visit more often now.
Valerie said…
I never tried those ones but they look delicious! I'm used to eat Paos i don't know if you see what i mean, they similar but they're lighter, they're still white when they're done.
Peggy said…
These dumplings look totally delicious =)
ashok said…
wow! mouthwatering!
Gloria said…
I love dumplings and these look delicious! gloria
Gloria said…
I love dumplings and these look delicious! gloria
Richa said…
the modaks look divine and so pretty!
thansk for sharing!

Richa @ Hobby And More Blog
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Calusarus said…
Interesting and yummy
La @ FoodSlice said…
Kalyan, these modaks look delicious. We make plain rice flour steamed dumplings as offering to Ganesha, these ones with coconut stuffing are delightful.
And Thank you for dropping by my blog.
Annapet said…
Rice, coconut, and cardamom? I am definitely in! Thanks for sharing!
Now Serving said…
yummy kozhakattais :)
Oh my, what delicious dumplings ! And they are so beautiful and dainty! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Great to cook along with you on #ricelove !
Magia da Inês said…
º° ✿♥ ♫°
Passei para uma visitinha...
Fiquei encantada com a textura do bolinho... deve ser maravilhoso porque leva açúca mascavo... mas não conheço cardamomo... sei que deve ser um tempero... mas nunca vi.
Boa semana, amigo.
º° ✿♥ ♫°
São said…
Looks delicious.

Good morning
Looks wonderful from your beautiful photos and
the instructions. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Michael Rawluk said…
I wish I could stop by for a visit. That looks delicious.
Emily said…
I've never tried this before, but they look fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

Great photos too! :P
I'd love to try this. Thanks for visiting One Magical Moment Per Day. :)
Tanya said…
i really like coconut so i bet these are yummy!
Hi Kalyan

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! You have a beautful and interesting blog.

These dumplings look so delicious--I know i would lkie them.
knitstamatic said…
If these dumplings aren't the most beautiful I've ever seen then I don't know what is! A lovely addition to the #ricelove bloghop!
WR said…
What a great photo...vibrant color! Looks delicious. :)

Thanks for stopping by.
BlueShell said…
DELICIOUS...I woul like to try it...
Nice pocture...with the red rose...Like it.
Ginnie said…
Anything made with coconut is high on my list, Kalyan, so I'm sure I would love this.
Coconut is a great flavor and these look delicious. You have a nice blog with many interesting topics. I will visit again!


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