In 2016, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 5th September 2016.
It is a well known fact that Lord Ganesh likes sweets very much, hence any festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha will always be incomplete without offering him special sweet dishes.
On occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, birthday of Lord Ganesha people make many sweets to offer to Lord Ganesha.
In south India people make sweet modaks, also known as Kozhukattai.
Kozhukattai is sweet modak a favourite dish of Lord Ganesha. It is made with rice flour, coconut and jaggery stuffing.
Kozhukattai / Kolukattai Recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi :
3 cups of Rice.
6 cups of Water.
2 tbls of Oil.
4 cups Grated Coconut.
2 cups of Sugar or 2, 1/2 Small pieces of Jaggary.
2 tbls of Ghee.
Pinch of salt
Method of Making Kozhukattai :
For the Dough or Outer covering :
At first soak the rice for 2 hours. Then drain the water and spread the rice on a clean cloth and allow it to dry till all the moisture is gone. Then grind the rice into a smooth flour. Then take a heavy or thick bottom pan and add water, salt and oil in it. When the water starts boiling, add rice flour and mix well without any lumps and stir it well continuously and make this into a smooth dough. Remove from heat.
For Filling :
Take a pan and add ghee and jaggery in to it and keep the mixture on low flame for a few seconds just until the jaggery melts. Then immediately remove the mixture from heat and add shredded coconut in to it and mix well.
To Form Kozhukattai:
Take the rice dough and form small balls. Take a ball flatten it and form a cup shape of it. Put a tsp of filling in it and close the cup so that the filling is secure inside. Shape the balls to have a tapered end as shown in the picture above.
Now place the Kozhukattai in a cooker and steam-cook it 15 minutes or until done.
Tip : One can add safaron in the dough to give a yellow coluor to it and put a spoon of cardamom (elaichi) powder to add an additional flavour to it.