Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ammini Kozhukattai

I have fond memories of my paati making a variety of kozhukattais - some would have an assortment of shapes, some with fillings, others just seasoned. We would help her shape them and wait eagerly while they got cooked. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this recipe, years back, because it seemed to describe exactly the kozhukattai that I love. It was such a simple recipe too so I tried making it... it was very good and it has remained a favorite at home since then.

AMMINI KOZHUKATTAI

Ingredients:
Raw Rice (Pacharisi) - 1 cup
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Gingelly Oil (Nalennai) - 2 tbsp
Curry Leaves - few
Salt, to taste

Method:
1. Soak Rice for atleast 30 minutes. Drain and grind to a smooth paste adding required water. Add salt to taste and ensure that the batter is a bit watery.

2. Heat about 1.5 tbsp of the oil in a pan on medium heat (i used a non-stick pan). Pour the batter and keep stirring continuously until it becomes thick. This only takes a few minutes.


3. When it is dry enough, remove from the stove and let cool slightly before lightly kneading it.




4. Grease your palms lightly and make small, smooth balls (abt 1 cm in diameter). Put these in a greased idli pan and steam for 10 minutes (just like you would an idli). They will get a nice sheen once cooked.



5. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, season with mustard seeds, urad dhal, asafoetida, curry leaves. Add the chilli powder and immediately add the kozhukattai. Fry this for a few minutes, add grated coconut and switch off the stove. Yummy kozhukattais are now ready to be eaten up as a tea-time snack.



I would like to send this as an entry for JFI-Rice hosted by Sharmi and originally thought of by Indira.

For other kozhukattais made usually for Vinayaka Chathurthi, check the recipes for - Sweet Coconut Pooranam & Ulundhu Pooranam Kozhukattais.

40 comments:

  1. Oh my god! ammini kozhukattai is my favorite. i love it. you are making my mouth water. i am defintely going to make this on Saturday this week. thanks for blogging this and making me remember it :)

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  2. OMG this is so cool, never heard of the recipe but looks so cool, thanks for very clear instructions/pics.

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  3. they look absolutely adorable :) ur pics makes me want to try it asap, is any specific type of rice preferable? basmati?

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  4. You bring back all those memories thru this post. We normally do this with left-over kozhukkattai maavu or if we are too tired to finish the rest. They are also called as Brahmachaari kozhukkattai as they have no filling :)

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  5. BTW, Laavanya, your right pane consisting of archives, profile etc has gone way down in the page. Did you tweak the template?

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  6. can we make pal kozhukattai out of it? the small balls look so cute. how does a watery batter become like a dough?

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  7. This is looking lovely and cute :)Totally new to me but I know it must tasting nice :)

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  8. I want to make this ASAP now!

    You used rice rava and not rice flour....... am I right??

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  9. wow, they so cute :) my sis made this last time we went home on vacation.

    enjoyed your blog. blogrolling you :)

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  10. Ammini kozhukattai looks delicious. Great step-by-step pictures.!!! Vellam (jaggery)Thengai-Pal (Coconut milk) based ammini kkozhukkatai payasam tastes delicious too. Hmmmm.... I am salivating right now! Great job!

    Sudha

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  11. Lovely entry Laavanya. Could feel the taste. Viji

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  12. I have never eaten this, but it looks so tempting. I will try it soon.. hopefully :-)

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  13. That's a really different dish, Laavanya, enjoyed reading about it!

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  14. I have never tasted the dish... but it looks so very delicious!!!

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  15. Useful pictorial there! I hope to make this someday (when I can get some raw rice!)

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  16. WOW Laavanya! That just looks picture perfect. It looks like the sort of recipe that is a labor of love.

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  17. My ajji makes a similar dish with rice and Urad dal.We call it Sanna Kadubu , served with spicy gravy.Looks so yum! I have to make my own it sometimes.Thanks for posting your Paati's dish!:))

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  18. Thank you Rajitha. Hope you try it.

    Sreelu, thank you and you are welcome.

    Richa, I used the other 'normal' rice we cook with, not basmati. Haven't tried with basmati, but guess that should work too.

    Suganya, I didn't know about the brahmachaari kozhukattai - that's funny.. :) I am able to see the items on the right tab. Do you still have the problem?

    Sharmi, Thanks.. They thicken up real quick once you heat it. I guess paal kozhukattai can be made this way - haven't tried.

    Archana, thanks. Yes they are savoury, spongy and chewy.. :)

    Coffee, I hope you try this... I use rice that we cook with, soaked and ground that.

    Thank you Nags, I find them cute too.

    Thank you Sudha.

    Viji, Thanks.

    Raaga, Hope you try it sometime soon. It's pretty simple. Only the shaping into small balls takes a while.

    Thank you Sra and Cinnamon.

    Shyam, thanks.

    Nupur, thank you.. Yes the shaping can get a bit time consuming but it's worth it and fun when done once in a while. :)

    Asha, i like all kozhukattais .. haven't tried them with gravy though. Thanks. Just checked out your post.. good one!

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  19. Such a nice and healthy dish! Nothing can beat our traditional dishes.I also soak them in coconut milk!
    You have nice recipes laavanya.

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  20. This is a new one for me . My mom make Kozhukatai, but then it is a sweet one she serves it with sweet coconut milk.

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  21. Great recipe! What a nice entry:-)
    Hey Laavanya, I made rava dosas yest using your recipe with a minor modification.... had no buttermilk, so used yogurt & diluted it....They tasted real good & turned out to be crispy but somehow did not have the lacey look of yours. Wonder where I went wrong....
    Thanks for the recipe. I will try it again with buttermilk.

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  22. TBC, really happy to know that the rava dosai turned out crispy. I used diluted yogurt for buttermilk as well (not the store-bought one), so I don't think that's the issue. Was the pan hot enough when you poured the batter and did you rest the batter for sufficient time? What I've noticed is that if the pan is hot enough, then the minute the batter touches it, it immediate forms the lacey pattern. Hope it helps and better luck next time. Thanks again for trying and providing feedback.

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  23. what a wonderful recipe laavanya. ajji's recipes r to die for. we make very similar dish using jaggary and coconut. u reminded me of that n its been ages since i had them:)

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  24. Wonderful recipe Laavanya, nice step by step photos too....seems liks lots of effort

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  25. Few of those steps are used to make rotti. The last two steps were not heard of. Will give them a try next time.

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  26. Hey cool! I like this, as opposed to making the bundles with the sweet stuff inside.

    Kanchana

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  27. wow...looks yummmmmmmmmmmm
    pics are awesome dear :-)

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  28. Hi Laavanya.....
    First time to ur blog..... U have a nice set of recipes.... There kozhukattaies are looking so cute.... love them...

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  29. hello Lavanya, Never heard of this recipe before, but they look soooooo cute in the pic. I look forward to try out this recipeof yours sometime. This is my first time to your blog, and i liked it lots.

    www.monaafzal.wordpress.com

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  30. Hey Lavaanya, we make something similar to this for Ganesha festival, we make it with rice flour though instead of starting from rice. Looks yummy..my first time here, nice blog:)

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  31. http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/09/goodies-for-ganpati-kozhukattais-uppu.html

    Please take a look. Thanks a lot.

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  32. Please check the second picture in this link

    http://words-flow.blogspot.com/2008/05/food-kozhukattai-payasam.html

    It seems too much like yours. I know you and I know the other person very well, so am posting as anonymous

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  33. Thank you Anonymous well wisher for bringing that picture and post to my attention. That was very kind of you. I have left a comment for the other blogger. Hopefully she will rectify it soon.

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  35. hey
    I genuinely dint realise the pic was from your blog.. dint mean to swipe it or something.. was looking for pics on google... the 1st one is mine, i did click it...

    sorry abt that~~ no offense meant..

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  36. Aarti, none taken. I didn't mean to imply that you swiped it.. I totally understand.. but wanted to let you know so you could change it. Thank you.

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  37. thank you so much for this post. I've been craving it and no one was able to give me a recipe! thanks - definitely making it this weekend! :)

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  38. Arundathi, am glad to be of help :) Hope you did get a chance to try it... let me know how you liked it.

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  39. Hi Laavanya, awesome step by step pictorial representation and your pictures talk!! Great work!

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  40. I was dying to eat ammini kozhakattai and was not sure to find recipe coz I thought it is only my paatti's way of calling it :) so happy to find this :) I am hungry already!!!

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