Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai | Rice Dumplings with Jaggery

Sweet Pidi Kozhukkatai - a classic prasadam recipe for pooja made with raw rice, jaggery, coconut, moong dal and black sesame seeds. This Pidi Kozhukkatai is a popular kozhukattai dish with different variations, although the most common method is prepared with the freshly prepared homemade rice flour as we do for maa vilakku. As I said in my previous posts, the coconut adds a great flavour to the jaggery based desserts.

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai | Rice Dumplings with Jaggery - Sweet Pidi Kozhukkatai - a classic prasadam recipe for pooja made with raw rice, jaggery, coconut, moong dal and black sesame seeds. This Pidi Kozhukkatai is a popular kozhukattai dish with different variations, although the most common method is prepared with the freshly prepared homemade rice flour as we do for maa vilakku. As I said in my previous posts, the coconut adds a great flavour to the jaggery based desserts.


Let’s see some important tips for perfect kozhukattai.
  • For this kozhukattai, I don’t recommend skipping any of the ingredients, the roasted moong dals may be omitted if you do not like it. But please do not omit the roasted black sesame seeds and fresh grated coconuts as it brings the overall flavour for the kozhukattai.
  • You can use Pagu vellam (brown jaggery) or achu vellam, but personally I prefer Pagu vellam for this kozhukattai.
  • Now we will see how to prepare the rice flour for this kozhukattai. Preparing rice flour is quite simple if you spend 20 minutes. If it is difficult to prepare the flour on the festival days, you can prepare them when you have free time in your kitchen. Because the flour stays good for 2 to 3 months. To prepare rice flour, you need a cup of raw rice. Soak the rice for 2 to 3 hours and drain the water completely. Pat dry the rice in a white cloth and then powder it. Sift the powdered rice and then dry roast the flour in a pan until it reaches a grainy texture. Watch your rice flour while roasting, because it can burn easily. That’s it our rice flour is ready for preparing the kozhukattai.

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai | Rice Dumplings with Jaggery - Sweet Pidi Kozhukkatai - a classic prasadam recipe for pooja made with raw rice, jaggery, coconut, moong dal and black sesame seeds. This Pidi Kozhukkatai is a popular kozhukattai dish with different variations, although the most common method is prepared with the freshly prepared homemade rice flour as we do for maa vilakku. As I said in my previous posts, the coconut adds a great flavour to the jaggery based desserts.
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Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe


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Prep time : 45 minutes
Cook time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : dessert
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (maavu) raw rice
  • 1.5 cup jaggery
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp split moong dal
  • 2 tbsp ghee
Cooking Directions

How to prepare rice flour
  1. Take the raw rice in a wide vessel and add 4 to 6 cups of water. Let the rice soak for 2 to 3 hours. After 2 hours, rinse the rice for 3 times and drain the water completely. If it’s difficult to drain the water with your hands, drain it using a strainer. There should not be any water after straining.
  2. Place a big white cloth in your kitchen and add the drained rice and spread them like a small circle with your hands. Allow them to dry for 20 minutes. Once the white cloth absorbs the water, you are ready to grind it.
  3. Now, transfer the rice to the mixer jar and whip it for 2 to 3 times. Do not overload the mixer jar, then it will be difficult to powder the rice evenly.
  4. Place a fine sieve over a newspaper or plastic sheet and add the powdered rice. Sift until large pieces remain.
  5. Heat a wide kadai or pan for about 2 minutes and add the rice flour. Roast the flour on medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Allow the flour to cool completely and then store it in an airtight container.
How to prepare kozhukattai
  1. Measure the rice flour with a measuring cup and add it in a wide plate or bowl. If you are using 2 cups of rice flour, use 1.5 cups of jaggery.
  2. Heat a pan and dry roast the moong dal until it turns golden brown and add it to the rice flour. Next, roast the black sesame seeds and add it to the rice flour. Heat ghee in the same frying pan and roast the grated coconut until it turns golden brown and add it to the rice flour. Mix them well with a dry ladle.
  3. Powder the jaggery well and add it in a vessel. Add 1/2 cup of water and keep on low heat for 5 minutes. When the jaggery has dissolved completely, strain it using a strainer. Boil the jaggery extract for 5 minutes and keep it ready for mixing with the rice flour.
  4. Now add this jaggery extract little by little to the flour mixture and mix them well with a ladle. When it’s warm enough to handle knead it with your palm gently.
  5. Then divide them into small oblong shaped balls and press them gently in the centre to make kozhukattais. Place the kozhukattais in a greased idly plate and then steam cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, transfer the kozhukattais to the serving dish. This kozhukattai stays good at room temperature for 3 days.


Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai with step by step photos 


How to prepare rice flour for Sweet pidi kozhukattai 

 

Take the raw rice in a wide vessel and add 4 to 6 cups of water. Let the rice to soak for 2 to 3 hours.


Place a big white cloth in your kitchen and add the drained rice and spread them like a small circle with your hands. Allow them to dry for 20 minutes. Once the white cloth absorbs the water, you are ready to grind it.


Now, transfer the rice to the mixer jar and whip it for 2 to 3 times. Do not overload the mixer jar, then it will be difficult to powder the rice evenly. Scrape the sides and then powder the rice until it’s a fine powder.



Place a fine sieve over a newspaper or plastic sheet and add the powdered rice. Sift until large pieces remain.

   
Heat a wide kadai or pan for about 2 minutes and add the rice flour. Roast the flour on medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes. Be careful here as the rice flour can burn quickly. Allow the flour to cool completely and then store it in an airtight container. See how easy to prepare homemade rice flour for kozhukattai. If you have some leftover flour you can prepare Puttu with this flour.


How to prepare Kozhukattai 


Measure the rice flour with a measuring cup and add it in a wide plate or bowl. If you are using 2 cups of rice flour, use 1.5 cups of jaggery.

Add 1/2 cup of water and keep on low heat for 5 minutes. When the jaggery has dissolved completely strain it using a strainer. Again boil the jaggery extract for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Keep it ready for mixing with the rice flour. 



Heat a pan and dry roast the moong dal until it turns golden brown and add it to the rice flour. Next, roast the black sesame seeds and add it to the rice flour. Heat ghee in the same frying pan and roast the grated coconut until it turns golden brown. I have roasted sesame seeds, so I have not roasted it.


Add these roasted ingredients to rice flour. Mix them well with a ladle.


Now add this jaggery extract little by little to the flour mixture and mix them well with a ladle. When it’s warm enough to handle knead it with your palm gently.

Then divide them into small oblong shaped balls and press them gently in the centre to make kozhukattais. Place the kozhukattais in a greased idly plate and then steam cook for 10 minutes.


After 10 minutes, transfer the kozhukattais to the serving dish. This kozhukattai stays good in room temperature for 3 days.

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