Kozhakatai or Modakam is a nivedyam for Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chathurthy. This sweet dish a favorite for many! In this blog, I've not used the traditional coconut poornam. Instead I've made the poornam with dal! Try out this recipe! This is the recipe of salt modhakam.
Modakam consists of an outer base with a sweet or savoury filling inside
INGREDIENTS FOR MODAKAM BASE
Good quality raw rice - 3 cups
Water - 2 cups
Gingelly oil - 2 tbsps
Salt - a pinch
To prepare the dough :
Wash & soak 3 cups of raw rice for one hour .
Drain the rice & spread over a cloth to absorb the water.
Mix one tsp of gingelly oil with the rice & powder it finely in a mixie .
Sieve the powdered rice & measure 2 cups of the rice powder .
Boil 2 cups of water in a thick bottomed pan , when it starts boiling in a medium flame add rice powder , 1 tbsp of gingelly oil , a pinch of salt & stir briskly .
When it comes like a lump , remove from fire .
Allow the dough to cool for sometime & pour one tbsp of oil & knead the dough well & keep it covered in a wet cloth .
INGREDIENTS FOR SAVOURY FILLING :
Urad dhal - 1 cup . ( variate with gram dhal instead of urad dhal .)
Green chillies - 5 nos .
Hing ( asafoetida powder ) - a pinch
Grated coconut - 2 tbsps .
Salt - to taste .
FOR SEASONING :
Cooking oil - 1 tbsp .
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp .
Asafetida - a pinch .
Curry leaves - 1 sprig .
Wash & soak urad dhal for half an hour.
Drain the water completely & grind coarsely adding salt , green chillies , and a pinch of hing .
Heat oil in frying pan , & add mustard seeds , hing & chopped curry leaves .
Add the ground mixture & mix well .
Heat & cook till all the moisture is absorbed .
When it is thick ,add grated coconut & mix well .
Remove from fire , allow to cool & use as filling .