First Day of Ganesha Chaturthi –Ammini Kozhukattai
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated today. Sending my prayers and warm wishes to all my friends, readers and fellow bloggers on this special occasion. For Ganesh Chaturthi, we offer kozhukattais and other dishes to Lord Ganesha.Ammini Kozhukattai also known as Mani kozhukattai .These are steamed rice balls that are lightly spiced.
They are made during the festival of Ganesh / Vinayaka Chaturthi. If you already have some leftover dough when making the poornam kozukkatai / modak then you could use it to make these mini kozhukattai. They can be had as an evening snack and are healthier since they are only steamed. This savory pearl mothakas can be served as a quick snack or a brunch. My mom used to make these when the dough gets remained after making the stuffed modak. When pooran Modaks are there we hardly take these ammini kozhukattais.
Cuisine: South Indian (Tamil Nadu Festive Snack)
For the kozhukattai
1. Sieve the rice flour and add salt and oil to it then add the boiling water little by little and keep mixing it with a spatula. Mine took 2 tablespoons less than a cup of water.
2. Mix with your hands to make smooth soft dough. Then knead the dough, grease the palm and roll the dough into equally sized balls. Steam these balls for 10-12 minutes. You would notice that the outer layer has turned shiny.
3. Then heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when they crack, add the urad dhal fry for a minute, then add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida and fry for another minut.
4. Then add the grated coconut and then cooked kozhukattai, salt to taste and mix well till it’s all coated well over the kozhukattais and then turn off the heat.
5. Serve it warm.
I used homemade rice flour.You could garnish with grated coconut.For a spicier version of this dish, you could mix .Use your personal judgement for the quantity of water. Different flour requires different quantities of water.
This serves good for an evening snack.It is also easy to pack for the kids and they love to have them with tomato ketchup.
Smaller the sizeof the balls tastier of the dish.