Thursday 8 August 2013

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai/Rice Dumplings with Jaggery for Amman/Ganesha Chathurthi

Hello Friends,
“Aadi” is a very special and auspicious month in Tamil calendar, when special poojas are done for Amman. Special neivedhanams are done for Amman like sweet pongal and beautiful decorations done and special poojas conducted throughout the month. During the month of Aadi, the tradition of making Kezhvaragu Koozh  for Amman and distributing to everybody is very famous in Tamil Nadu. Since my parents are from Thanjavore, the tradition goes by making rice kanji, paanagam, neer mor, maavilakku, drumstick leaves poriyal and offering special prayers  to Amman and then distributing them to everybody.

But in my MIL's house the tradition goes by making Kezhvaragu Koozh, pidi kozhukattai, mochai kottai kara kuzhambu with karuvadu, drumstick leaves poriyal, thullu maavu and offered to Amman as neivedhyam. We do special prayers and then distribute to everybody. Usually the Kezhvaragu Koozh and rice kanji are all prepared in large scale and distribute to atleast 30 to 50 people or even more.

As this is the month of “Aadi”  and tomorrow being Friday I thought  I will share this pidi kozhukattai with all of you and also this is special request from one of my readers Deepa. Not just for neivedhyam you can make this healthy and delicious pidi kozhukattai for your kids as evening snacks. So what are guys waiting for, enjoy…

Here’s how to make Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai with step by step photos….


Raw rice
1 cup [200 gms]
¾ cup
Cardamom/Elachi powder
¼ tsp or  from 4 cardamoms
Grated coconut
2 tbsp
One pinch
1 ½ cups


Wash and soak the rice for about ½ hour.

Drain the water from the rice. Dry the rice under fan by spreading the rice on a clean piece of cloth. The rice should be slightly damp and not very dry.

Now grind it in the mixer to powder neither very coarse nor very fine. One cup of rice with  yield almost  1 ¾ cup of rice flour.

Dry roast the rice flour in the kadai for few min and keep it aside.

Mix jaggery in water in a kadai and let it boil. Switch off the stove and  filter out the impurities with strainer.

Now again boil the jaggery water, when it comes to rolling boil slowly add the rice flour with one hand and keep stirring with the other hand.

While you are stirring add the salt, grated coconut and elachi powder. Keep stirring until they come together as shown in the photo, and make sure there are no lumps formed.

Switch off the stove and let it cool. Grease your hand with oil and make small balls with the dough, then make small impression with your fingers by pressing them.

Now oil the idli plates with oil, arrange all the kozhukattais or dumplings and cook them for 7-10 min in idli cooker.

  • I always make this kozhukattai from the scratch but if you are running out of time then you can you the rice flour.
  • I have used grated coconut, you can replace it with fine pieces of coconut instead.
  • When boiling the jaggery do not bring it to string consistency, just rolling boil is more than enough.
  • During the pooja days my MIL makes a small lamp with the dough and then steams it. Later uses them as lamps.
Delicious sweet pidi kozhukattai is ready for neivedhyam…

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  1. நீங்க காட்டியுள்ள கொழுக்கட்டை மிகவும் வித்யாசமாக உள்ளது.

    விநாயகருக்குச் செய்யும் கொழுக்க்ட்டையில் மாவுக்குள் வெல்லம் + தேங்காய் + ஏலக்காய்த்தூள் கலந்த பூர்ணம் முதலியன வைத்து அது மூக்கும் முழியுமாக இருக்கும்.

    இதோ என் பதிவினில் அது உள்ளது.

    இன்னொரு கொழுக்கட்டை மாசி+பங்குனி கூடும் நாளான காரடையான் நோன்புக்குச் செய்வார்கள். அது தான் கிட்டத்தட்ட நீங்கள் காட்டியுள்ளது போல இருக்கும். இன்னும்கூட பேப்பர் வெயிட் போல கெட்டியாக இருக்கும்.

    இதோ என் பதிவினில் அது.

    எப்படியிருந்தால் என்ன வாய்க்கு ருசியாக தித்திப்பாக இருந்தால் சரிதான். ருசியான பகிர்வுக்கு ந்ன்றிகள்.

    அன்புடன் GOPU

    1. Thank you very much sir for your comments, I do make those kozhukattais as well, but this is the special kozhukattai we make for amman during the month of "Aadi". I will check your post on kozhukatai as well sir. Hopefully I am plannning to post those before vinayaka chathurthi. Thank you sir...

  2. Hey nice one Priya,we call this inipu adai and make for karadayan nombu.Loved your clicks :)

  3. superb aa iruku,looks so delicious.

  4. Ahhh!! Remembering the times my mum used to make for us. I just love this, one of my fav. Thanks for the recipe Priya and will add to the waiting list of many recipes I am hoping to to make.

  5. I love how moist and shiny your kozhukattai are :) lovely

  6. Beautiful pics with step by step.

  7. Wow! Looks really delicious! I love the step-by-step clicks! :)

  8. healthy kozhukattai looks so good and beautiful.

  9. I totally love this... nice explanation

  10. Sweet pidi kozhukattais are my all time favourite, love to have some.

  11. Same pinch dear.. Yesterday I made kollukattai.. Yours look perfect.. Wish I could grab that plate..

  12. thank you for sharing this priya...will try to make this as am getting invites from my friends for varalakshmi sure i can take this for "Amman Padaippu"

    1. Wow I am so happy ur going to make it for varalakshmi pooja, we also celebrate varalakshmi pooja very grandly in my mom's house. This year I am going to miss it.

  13. I remember the first time I ate this one is Coimbatore, my inlaws place and I just loved it. It reminded me of Adirsam, which I also love.

  14. Lovely and delicious Priya!

  15. Thank you all very much for your kind support and your wonderful comments...

  16. A traditional delicacy...looks yum !

  17. Thatz a nice idea..I usually end up making rice dumplings (plain ones) with left over dough while making idiappam even though they r not liked by us...but with jaggery it might be so good..

  18. wow totally new for my thanks to sharing this recipe...and thanks to link this recipe at my event...

  19. Tasty & yummy kozhukattai :)

  20. yummy and delicious!!! no words to describe how beautiful they are!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!! please add the logo..



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