Monday, 5 September 2016

Sweet pidi Kozhukattai

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai for the occasion of Ganesh Chaturti. Its a easy, delicious South Indian sweet offered to Lord Ganesh. Ganesh Chaturthi, one of my favorite festivals. On this day, the idol of Bhagwan Ganesh is brought at homes and pandals and pujas are done. Its a 10 day festival and the 10th day is celebrated as Anant Chaturdashi, which is also known as Ganesh Virsarjan day when the devotees immerse the idol of Bhagwan Ganesh in water, which is celebrated with a grand procession and then immediately people start waiting for him to come again next year soon.. Generally when idols are brought at homes, the idol is kept for 1.5 days, 3 days, 5 days or for whole 10 days according to the family culture.  

 
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 
Ingredients:
Rice Flour 1/2 cup
Jaggery 1/4 cup 
Water 1 to 1.5 cups
Grated coconut 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder 1 pinch
Oil for touching up hands


Method:


In a pan, add jaggery and water and mix until jaggery melts. {Once this melts, it is better to strain the jaggery water to remove any impurities}. Again boil the jaggery water. Add cardamon powder and mix well.


Now reduce the flame and add rice flour. Keep mixing as once rice flour is added, the mixture will start becoming thick. At this point lumps gets formed, so be careful and avoid forming of lumps and keep mixing continuously. 

Now add grated coconut and mix.

The mixture will be formed like a sticky dough. Keep mixing and this is the right point to understand that the dough is ready. Switch off flame. Transfer to a plate and allow it to cool down. 

When it is still warm, we need to start making kozhukattais. For this grease hands with oil. Take a small portion of the dough and make an oval shape like using palms and fingers. Make all Kozhukattais from the remaining dough. 

Now ready the steamer. Arrange the kozhukattais in them and steam it for around 10 minutes and switch off flame.

Once cooled transfer the kozhukattais into serving plate.


Offer it to God and enjoy the prasad with family and friends...  


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