21 September 2012

Kara-mani Kozhukattai(Spicy Mini Rice Dumplings)

Ganesha,being cuddly and cute he is almost everyone’s favourite God, especially children.I am couple of days late in posting this recipe, that I recently experimented with. Ganesh Chathurthi came and in case you have not done the visarjan(immersion), you still can try out impressing Him with this new recipe. The South Indian household celebrates this festival by bringing in the idol of Ganesha, do various pujas to please him and offer him many kinds of sweets and savories. The prominent one being the Kozhukattai(Steamed Modak/Dumpling made with coconut sweetened with jaggery). The other varieties of Kozhukattai that are made are Kara (savoury), Ellu(sesame) and Mani(mini). You might think what new I am going to do, so I tried to improvise the Kara (savoury) and Mani (mini)and bought out Kara-Mani Kozhukatti(Spicy Mini Rice Dumplings). It is loaded with oats,great herbs and consumes very less oil. Since it is steamed its very light on the stomach.

Curry leaves – 1 cup
Coriander Leaves – 1 cup
Green chilli – 2-3
Coconut – ½ cup
Salt – to taste
Rice flour – 250 grams
Oats - 100 grams
Oil – 2 tsp
Warm water – 1 cup

Grind the first four ingredients in a mixer blender into a paste. In a bowl add the rice flour, salt, 1 tsp of oil and the ground paste. Mix together thoroughly and add warm water little by little to form dough. Grease the left palm of your hand and right forefingers. Roll the dough into mini balls between your greased palms. Boil water in a pan. Grease a steel colander and place the mini balls in them and steam. If you have idli plates, lightly grease them and arrange the mini balls and steam them in a pressure cooker without the whistle/weight. The dish is ready to be served hot.

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