Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe | Sesame Seeds Kozhukattai
Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe | Sesame Seeds Kozhukattai is a must-do recipe to offer as naivedyam to Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chathurthi and Goddess Lakshmi during Navratri festivals. The recipe is also straight forward with only a few ingredients and no complicated cooking process.
Measure and keep all the ingredients ready. To a strainer, add the sesame seeds and rinse it well. Drain the water completely.
Spread the sesame seeds in a cloth and let it dry for 15 minutes. To a pan, add the dried sesame seeds and dry roast till it pops up.
Transfer the roasted sesame seeds to a mixer and pulse it once. You can use the roasted sesame directly too without grinding.
To a pan, add the jaggery, crushed cardamom and water. Melt the jaggery, no string consistency is required.
Strain the jaggery to remove the impurities. Then, add the pulsed sesame seeds and grated coconut.
Continue cooking till it thickens, the mixture should be soft (roll a ball) not watery or hard. Let it cool down.
For the dough/outer covering:
Set aside all the ingredients. Refer my post here for Modak / Kolukattai Dough making - a detailed post in 3 ways.
In a bowl, add 1 cup of rice flour and 1.5 cups of normal water. Add 1/4 tsp of salt and pour 1 tsp of sesame oil. Then, mix it well. Ensure there are no lumps. To a heavy-bottomed or non-stick pan, pour the batter. Simmer the flame completely and continue the cooking for 4 to 5 minutes. It thickens very soon. Furthermore, cook till it turns shiny and forms as a mass. Keep covered for 5 minutes. Then, pour 1 tsp of sesame oil and knead the dough till smooth and soft. The dough should be non-sticky, then it’s a perfect consistency.
Take the Modak mould and grease with little oil. Stuff little dough into the mould and use your fingers to spread it. Place the stuffing inside the mould and seal it.
Grease an idli plate/steamer with oil or spread a wet cloth over the steamer and place all the modaks carefully. Steam if for 8 to 10 minutes, the modaks looks shiny and it’s done now. Don’t steam it furthermore as the modak turn hard. Give a resting time of 5 minutes and then remove it.Try this Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe for this coming Ganesh Chathurthi festival.
Tips for Sesame Seeds Kozhukattai
For the Ellu Pooranam / Inner stuffing1. Always rinse the sesame seeds well to remove any speck of dirt.2. Ensure to dry the sesame seeds properly, else it cannot be roasted.3. Roast the sesame seeds in low flame, else it gets burnt very quickly and smells bad.4. I pulsed the sesame seeds, to get a nice texture. It can be used as a whole too, but it gets stuck in the mouth while eating.5. Black sesame seeds can be replaced with white sesame seeds also. Or else an equal quantity of both can be used.6. Adjust jaggery as per sweetness required for this Sesame seeds Kozhukattai.7. Always filter the jaggery to remove any impurities. Also, no string consistency is needed.8. This pooranam stays good for 10 days under refrigeration. Always prepare this pooranam first and then prepare the outer dough.For the outer dough