Sunday, July 24, 2011

Uppu Kozhukattai

You can call these savoury modaks. Modaks are a favourite of  Lord Ganpathi;s , ok so much I've heard of being around a lot of hindus and in mumbai. For me its just another snack, I was just too much in cooking mode so I made it for breakfast.One of my good friend makes this often for breakfast and the sweet version she makes on special occasions for the pooja.I tried this out after a lot of hesitation,as I do not like to waste food stuff strictly(just incase it didn't turn out good).

Its a little complicated but not difficult.Here goes

You need
* Raw rice 2 measures + Water to soak the rice overnight or about 8 hours.Grind it in the morning.

To prepare the dough to make the Kozhukattai :
Oil 3 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Raw rice paste (from above *)

To temper you need :
Oil 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Coconut scrapped 1/2 a cup (your welcome to add more, it will taste good)
Cumin seeds, Pepper corns 1/2 tsp each
Dried red chillies 2
Curry leaves few

- Soak the raw rice overnight and grind it to a fine paste in the morning.A little more of water won't do any harm.
- Do the tempering :Add the oil in a saucepan and all the ingredients mustard,coconut, cumin and pepper corndried chillies and curry leaves.And allow this to cool.
- Add oil in another saucepan, and pour the ground rice paste (and add salt before pouring it in).And keep stirring until you get a soft dough that you can shape into balls.Not too stiff a dough, a soft pasty dough will do the job and make nice fluffy kozhukattais.
- Allow this to cool and add the tempering into it.And shape the dough into balls and steam the balls in an idli steamer.The skewer test should be a good check on the kozhukattais.

-Serve with coconut chutney and sambar :) yummy!

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