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Sep 10, 2012

Ulundu Kozhukattai / Kozhukattai With Savory Filling

From today n for the next two days i will be sharing Vinayagar Chaturathi Special recipes as its one of the theme of Blogging Marathon # 20. Vinayagar Chaturathi / Ganesh Chathurthi falls September 19 this year. Kozhuakattai is one of the main neivedyam and it can be made it many ways, sweet n savory filling, ammini kozhukattai, pidi kozhukattai, uppu kozhukattai, neer kozhukattai etc. Today going to see kozhukattai with savory filling - Ulundu Kozhukattai.
My mom never made this ulundu kozhukattai, she makes Poornam kozhukattai with chana dal jaggery n savory kozhukattai with Yellow Moong dal. But i tasted this urad dal filling kozhukattai in my neighbor maami's house. She used to share all neivedyams with us n i like this one very much. So i made this n except my lil' one we 3 enjoyed it :) The recipe as follows.

i always find difficult in taking pics with white/light color dishes :(
For outer covering
  1. Rice Flour / Idiyappam Flour     1 cup (i used store bought rice flour)
  2. Sesame oil/coconut oil     1 tsp
  3. Salt      1/4 tsp
  4. Water       1/2 cup or as needed
For filling
  1. Urad dal       1/4 cup
  2. Green chili     1 or 2 
  3. Ginger     1/2" piece
  4. Hing     a generous pinch
  5. Turmeric powder     a pinch
  6. Coconut     1-2 tbsp
  7. Cilantro/coriander leaves    few finely chopped
To Temper
  1. Oil     1-2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds     1/4 tsp
  3. Curry leaves     few

  • First make filling, for that soak urad dal for 1 hour.
  • Then drain completely and grind it along with green chili, ginger n urad dal, n enough salt just sprinkle lil' water n run for few need to grind smoothly, just make a coarse or crumbled like texture.
  • Once done, transfer this to a bowl or greased idly plates and steam for 7-8 minutes or until done.
  • Then allow this to cool for a while, spread it in a bowl n keep ready.
  • Now heat oil in a pan/wok, add the tempering ingredients n wait till it splutter and then add the cooked urad dal mixture n turmeric powder.
  • Stir fry for 1-2 minutes and then add shredded coconut and stir fry for a minute and lastly add some chipped cilantro n turn off the stove.
  • That's it, stuffing/ulundu filling is ready. Cover n keep aside.
  • Start making the outer cover/dough.
  • Take a wide bowl, add rice flour spread it n keep ready.
  • Add enough water(to knead dough) in a vessel, sprinkle salt n add oil and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling remove from the stove and add little by little to the rice flour n mix it using spoon/spatula.
  • Then cover the rice flour dough with a damp/wet cloth and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • After that, grease yours hands with oil and start kneading the dough to a non-sticky smooth like chapathi dough.
  • And now divide the dough in to 10-12 small lemon sized balls.
  • Grease your hands with oil/ghee, take one ball n flatten it gently to 3" circle, and keep 1-2 tsp filling and fold it back and seal the edges by pressing both the ends.
  • Do repeat the same for all the dough n filling, and arrange the shaped kozhukattai in a idly plate and steam it for 10 minutes or until done.
  • That's it...Ulundu kozhukattai is ready for neivedyam or serve warm.

Adjust water quantity as needed since the quality n texture of the flour vary.
Left over dough can be made in to Ammini kozhukattai n the filling can be added to your stir fry or poriyal.
The same way instead of urad dal, u can use yellow moongdal or chana da(kadalai paruppu).

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  1. U make me hungry....looks sooo perfect!!

  2. Very nicely done, love this savory version..

  3. wow this savory version is mouthwatering...lovely

  4. Nicely done. And the clicks are really nice.

  5. I love kozhukattai is any form. Looks amazing...good one. BTW did you change your page background. Couldn't recognize for once that I landed on the right page. Looks good though!

  6. I never even knew that there is a savory version of this .. Love the pics.

  7. Nice clicks. New version for me. Will try.

  8. Look so perfect.. protein rich food

  9. this looks absolutely divine sangee and oh boy i m a big big fan of uzhundu kozhukattai

  10. This ulundhu kozhukattais is one of my grandma's signature dish, but none at home love this stuffing,that y i couldnt make some. Wish i live near you, makes me nostalgic.

  11. another delicious recipe :) so cute looking kozhukattai..

  12. never tried steaming this..we always make with APF...LIKE THE STUFFING!

  13. wow cute kolukattai,luks gr8!

  14. Cant be any better...looks very tempting and beautiful clicks!!

  15. Delicious and yummy Kozhukattais.. As usual beautiful clicks..

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  16. Very nice pictures sangee. Never tasted this ulunthu kozhukattai but seen few of neighbours making them. Kalakkal Pictures Sangee.

  17. Great recipe. I have never tried savory modaks/kozhukattais.

  18. Yummy recipe yaar.Clicks looks delicious,..

  19. OMG such pretty pictures!..can't wait to make these again!


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