Kozhukattai is one of the traditional recipes like aapam, idiyappam(recipes which I had posted already) from my family and it can be your breakfast/dinner or snacks. I wanted to post this today on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. An excellent finger food for your babies. Since these are steamed and doesn’t contain much oil, spices these can be ideal for 8 months to 80 years. HAPPY VINAYAGAR CHATHURTHI everybody 🙂
Ingredients for Kozhukattai:
- Idly/Dosa Rice-1 cup
- Coconut-1/2 cup(grated)
- Salt-To taste
- Oil-To cook
For spicy version:
- Mustard seeds -1/4 tsp
- Urad dhal-1/4 tsp
- Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
- Curry leaves
For sweet version:
- Powdered palm sugar-As per taste
- Coconut-3 tbsp(grated)
- Ghee-1 tsp
1.Wash and soak rice for 3 hours.
2.Grind rice and coconut into a smooth paste.
3.Add water to reach a flowing consistency(not watery).
4.Add some oil in a thick bottomed pan and add the batter made.
5.Keep stirring until it becomes a thick mass.
6.Grease your palms with oil and roll the cooked batter into small balls when it slightly warm.
7.Steam cook them in a idly pot or pressure cooker(without whistle).
8.For spicy version,temper a pan with oil,urad dhal,mustard seeds and curry leaves.
9.Add half of the kozhukattai and add pepper powder.
10.Quickly toss and transfer to a serving bowl.
11.For sweet version,add ghee,palm sugar and coconut.
12.Give a quick stir and serve the Kozhukattai luke warm.
Stir the batter in medium flame.
The size depends on your choice. I prefer them small as little ones will be attracted.
The smaller the size the lesser is the timing of cooking.
Adding coconut and grinding rice makes these extremely soft. They just melt in your mouth.
The batter should be very smooth with no coarse particles.
Skip salt for babies below one year. Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to your baby.
Use sterlized bowls and spoons for baby foods.
Be careful of choking if you are offering these are finger foods.
Adjust sweetness and pepper as per your taste.
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