Ellu kozhukattai recipe – Sesame seeds modak recipe with step by step photos. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to the readers who are celebrating this festival. kozhukattai / kudumulu / modak are steamed rice flour dumplings offered to Lord Ganesha or Godess Lakshmi during festivals. A large variety of these are made with different stuffing to offer as naivedyam. You can find more recipes for Gauri Ganesha Festival here. To make kozhukattai recipe , sesame seeds poornam is one of the stuffing used apart from coconut stuffing or chana dal stuffing. This recipe is fairly easy and can be helpful for beginners.
To make the poornam, you can use white or black sesame seeds. If using black sesame seeds, it is a bit more of work since they have to be washed thoroughly, dried a bit and then used. Even the white sesame seeds can also be washed and used. Since i use organic sesame seeds i skip this step.
Apart from kozhukattai or modak, even ladoos are prepared in many home for Ganesh chaturthi. You may also like to check these 28 ladoo recipes.
Ellu kozhukattai recipe
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup jaggery
- ⅛ tsp cardamom powder
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 cup water ( if needed a little more for kneading)
- ½ tsp ghee
- generous pinch of salt
- Extra ghee for greasing
- Dry roast sesame seeds until aromatic. Cool and powder them finely. Blend it a jar to powder, add grated or powdered jaggery, cardamom and blend well. Make balls . Set aside.
- Bring water to a boil. Switch off the stove and add flour.
- Stir well and cover. Set aside for a while.
- Knead the dough well to make crack free dough.
- Make 11 equal sized balls and roll to puri. Place a ball and bring all the edges together. Give a modak Shape to it.
- Steam ellu kozhukattai in a steamer for 8 to 10 minutes.
How to make ellu kozhukattai recipe or sesame seeds modak
1. Clean 1 cup sesame seeds and dry roast on a medium flame until you begin to smell them good. Do not discolor them they may lend a bitter taste. Cool completely.
2. Add them to a blender jar.
3. Powder finely.
4. Add grated jaggery, cardamom powder and blend well. OR If your jaggery has dust particles, then you can also melt 1 cup jaggery with ¼ cup water. Filter and bring it to a boil. Add the powdered sesame seeds and stir. Cook on a medium heat until the poornam becomes thick enough to make a ball. Cool this and make balls.
5. I made balls out of the blended powder.
6. Make 12 equal sized balls. Set these aside.
7. Bring one cup water to a rolling boil with little ghee and salt.
8. Switch off and add 1 cup rice flour to it.
9. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly. Cover it and leave until it cools down a bit.
10. When the mixture is still slightly hot. Knead it well, if required dip your fingers in water and knead. The dough must be non sticky and crack free.
11. Divide the dough to 11 equal sized balls.
12. Take a balls and make a dent in the center. Begin to spread it evenly to make a round puri. To prevent cracks you can dip your fingers in water, you can also stick back the cracked parts. You can also use little ghee if the dough turns sticky. Place a poornam ball.
13. Join 4 sides of the puri excluding the corners. Dip your fingers in water and press gently in the center.
14. Now join the corners as well. Stick again.
15. Gently pull the excess dough on top to shape like a modakam. You can also roll it to a plain ball.
16. For varalakshmi puja or gauri puja on the day before ganesh chaturthi, some women make these in the shape of kadubu. Make a puri and place the poornam mixture on one half, not a ball. Then cover and seal the edges. If the dough is dry it may not stick, so dampen the edges with little water and stick. You can make a design just by folding little dough towards the inner side on the edges.
17. If you own a modak mould you can follow these steps
a) First grease the mould generously with ghee.
b) Place a rice flour ball inside and spread it evenly across the mould. Do not make it too thin, modak may end up with wholes.
c) Place the stuffing and press. Do not try to stuff the ball, instead stuff the powder or moist poornam.
d) Seal it with a little more dough. Gently remove it. Repeat greasing to make more modakam.
Keep all the kozhukattai or modak covered with a moist cloth until they go for steaming.
18. Bring water to a boil in a steamer or pressure cooker (without whistle). Place the kozhukattai/ modakam in the steamer basket lined with a moist cloth. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool ellu kozhukattai completely and offer to the gods Gauri Ganesha.