Kozhukattai is a traditional South Indian dish that is especially made during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a type of dumpling made from rice flour and is usually stuffed with a sweet or savory filling. The sweet version is filled with grated coconut and jaggery, while the savory version is filled with a mixture of lentils and spices. It is a very versatile dish and can be prepared in many ways, either steamed or fried.
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Boil 1 cup of water with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of oil.
Once the water has come to a boil, add the rice flour and stir continuously to avoid any lumps.
Cover and cook on a low flame until the flour is cooked and it forms a dough. Allow it to cool.
In a pan, mix the grated coconut and jaggery and cook on low flame till it thickens.
Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Allow it to cool.
Once the dough and the coconut-jaggery mixture are cool, make small balls of dough and flatten it.
Fill the flattened dough with a spoonful of the coconut-jaggery mixture and seal the edges.
Steam these filled dumplings in a steamer for about 10-15 minutes.
In another pan, heat a tablespoon of ghee and add the mustard seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves.
Pour this over the steamed Kozhukattais and serve hot.