Paal Kozhukatta or Kozhukatta (Malayalam: കൊഴുക്കട്ട) or Kozhukkattai or Mani Puttu (as my Hubby call it) is a popular South Indian sweet dumpling made from rice flour, with a filling of grated coconut and jaggery. It is similar to modak made in other parts of India. Kozhukatta is usually eaten as breakfast or as a snack with tea. Kids will love this because of the creamy coconut milk.
In Tamil Nadu the dish is traditionally associated with the Hindu God Ganesha and prepared as an offering on the occasion of Vinayaka Chathurthi. In Kerala it is popularly associated with Oshana Sunday evening celebrations of Saint Thomas Christians.
Thennai Kozhakkattai is a sweet dish popular in South Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is typically prepared on special occasions and involves significant work, usually involving the entire family. Thennai kozhakattai is made of the same ingredients as kozhakattai, but it is prepared by filling young palm leaves.
Manda pitha is a sweet dish similar to kozhakattai found in the eastern state of Orissa. Another variant exists in the state of Kerala as a staple breakfast among the poorer masses; it is made of Atta flour and grated coconut.
The dish is prepared by mixing grated coconut with jaggery, placing it inside dumplings of rice flour, and steaming them. Ghee, cardamom, and finely ground roasted rice flour, etc. can be used to add taste to the filling.
- Roasted Rice Flour 1 Cup
- Grated Coconut 3 Tablespoon
- Thick Coconut Milk 3 Cups
- Cumin Seeds 1/4 Teaspoon
- Sugar 3-4 Tablespoon
- Salt and Hot water as required
- Combine rice flour, grated coconut, cumin and salt (as required)
- Add the Hot water little by little to the mixture and mix with a spoon until combined
- When it is cool enough; Knead everything with your hand to make a soft dough
- Prepare the tiny balls using this dough (dip you hands in water occasionally to prevent the dough from drying up)
- Steam the rice balls in a steamer till they are well cooked (It will take around 15-20 minutes)
- Take your Deep/wide Pan heat up on very low flame with coconut milk, a pinch of salt and Sugar as required, Stir 3-4 Minutes.
- Add the rice balls in to this; Cook till the coconut milk become semi thick.
- Serve Hot or Chilled!!!