Ganesh Chathurthi or Vinayagar Chathurthi or also called Pillayar Chathurthi in Tamil Nadu, is the most famous Hindu festival celebrated all over India. It is celebrated over the birth of Lord Ganesha, the supreme God of Wisdom and Prosperity. Ganesh Chathurthi is an auspicious day to start any new tasks, so that it can be completed without any obstacles. In my home town Trichy, Uchi Pillayar Kovil (Malaikottai) is famous, and I never miss to go there on this festive day, wherever I am. This temple is easily viewable from the terrace of my parents home at Trichy and I used to admire the beauty of this temple from home on this day. Although there are lot of varieties in making Kozhukattai / Mothagam / Modak, this Thengai Poorna Kozhukattai is one of the most traditional Ganesh Chathurthi Recipes made during this Vinayagar Chathurthi.
Wish You all a happy Ganesh Chathurthi !
1. Always keep the dough covered with a damp cloth till use, to avoid dryness.
2. Knead the dough with little gingelly oil for soft kozhukattai.
3. Also make the outer covering of the Mothagam as thinner as possible or else the Mothagam becomes thick and harder.
4. Thengai Poornam should not be too dry else it will become rubbery. Not too watery also else it oozes out and shaping the Mothagam becomes messy.
5. Thengai Poornam can be stored in fridge for about 1 week. It can also be used for Coconut Poli.