sweet kozhukattai recipe | chana dal modak recipe | modak recipes

sweet kozhukattai recipe with step by step photos – south indian recipe variation of modaks stuffed with a filling of chana dal, coconut and jaggery.

sweet kozhukattai recipe | chana dal modak recipe | modak recipes

i had prepared these chana dal modaks some days back and so thought of sharing the recipe. the process and method to make these modaks or kozhukattai is the same as the regular modak. only the stuffing is different. since i make the regular coconut+jaggery stuffing always, this time thought of having a variation by adding cooked chana dal.

preparing modaks does take time, so either you can involve a help or prepare when all your remaining household work is over. if you plan to offer these modaks as a naivedyam to lord ganesha, then don’t taste them while preparing. prepare with fresh ingredients and with a devotional state of mind and heart.

if you are looking for more modak recipes then do check dry fruits modak, chocolate modak, rava modak and fried modak recipe.

sweet kozhukattai recipe below:

  1. rinse ½ cup chana dal a couple of times in water. then add the lentils in a pressure cooker along with 1 cup water. pressure cook for 10 to 12 minutes on medium flame. cooking time depends on quality of dal. if chana dal cooks faster, then add ⅔ to ¾ cup water while pressure cooking.
  2. when the pressure settles on its own in the cooker, open the lid and check the dal. if the dal has not softened then you can pressure cook for a few more minutes.
  3. if there is a lot of water in the dal, then in a strainer, strain the dal and then mash. there was hardly any water in the pressure cooker after the dal was cooked, so i directly mashed the dal in the pressure cooker. mash the dal well. some fine bits of whole chana dal are fine. keep aside.
  1. in another pan take ½ cup tightly packed grated or chopped jaggery or jaggery powder and ¼ cup water.
  2. keep the pan on stove top and on a low flame heat the solution. stir so that the jaggery melts.
  3. simmer till all the jaggery is melted. just melt the jaggery. no need to thicken the syrup.
  4. now through a strainer, filter the syrup and keep aside.
  5. now take the mashed chana dal in a pan. add the jaggery syrup.
  6. then add ⅓ cup grated coconut.
  7. mix everything very well.
  8. keep the pan on stove top and on a low flame, cook this mixture.
  9. on a low heat, stirring at times, cook the filling till it starts thickening.
  10. the mixture will begin to leave the sides of the pan and become dry.
  11. thats the time when you need to switch off the flame. do remember not to overcook the mixture as it will become dense.
  12. lastly add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder and mix well. let this mixture cool down.
  1. in a pan or vessel take 1.5 cups of water. place it on a stove top on a medium to high flame.
  2. then add ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon sesame oil.
  3. allow the water to come to a rolling boil.
  4. reduce the flame and then add 1 cup rice flour gradually.
  5. quickly begin to stir and mix the flour with water. mix very well and switch off the gas.
  6. cover the pan with a lid and keep for 4 to 5 mins.
  7. then transfer the mixture to a thali or plate or you can keep in the same pan.
  8. allow the dough to slightly cool down. knead the dough while its still warm but take care not to burn your fingers.
  9. the dough should be soft and smooth. then cover the dough with a damp muslin or cotton cloth. now allow the dough to rest for 10 to 12 mins.
  1. later make small balls from the dough. they should be smooth. some may get cracks, so just rub some water on your palm and shape them into balls again which will get rid of the cracks.
  2. grease the modak mould with a bit of oil. close or lock the mould. put the dough ball in the mould.
  3. press the dough along the surface of the mould, so that a cavity or space is made.
  4. add the chana dal stuffing.
  5. then cover with small piece of dough on top. press to even it.
  6. now open or unlock the mould. gently remove the modak from the mould. alternatively you could flatten the ball. then place the modak filling in the center. make small pleats bring all the edges together and join. prepare all the modaks this way.
  7. either you could use a steamer pan or you could steam the modaks in a pressure cooker for 8 to 10 mins on low flame without the whistle and vent. if using a steamer pan then add 2.5 cup of water to the steamer. let the water come to a boil. keep the modaks on a greased steamer plate or on greased idli moulds. now place the moulds into the steamer pan.
  8. cover the pan with a lid and steam for 10 to 15 minutes on a low flame.
  9. once the modaks are steamed remove and keep aside.
  10. the sweet kozhukattai are ready to be offered to lord ganesha.

how to make sweet kozhukattai recipe:

preparing the chana dal stuffing:

1. rinse ½ cup chana dal a couple of times in water.

chana dal for chana dal modak recipe

2. then add the lentils in a pressure cooker along with 1 cup water. pressure cook for 10 to 12 minutes on medium flame. cooking time depends on quality of dal. if chana dal cooks faster, then add ⅔ to ¾ cup water while pressure cooking.

chana dal for chana dal modak recipe

3. when the pressure settles on its own in the cooker, open the lid and check the dal. if the dal has not softened then you can pressure cook for a few more minutes. if there is a lot of water in the dal, then in a strainer, strain the dal and then mash. there was hardly any water in the pressure cooker after the dal was cooked, so i directly mashed the dal in the pressure cooker.

chana dal for chana dal modak recipe

4. mash the dal well. some fine bits of whole chana dal are fine. keep aside.

chana dal for chana dal modak recipe

5. in another pan take ½ cup tightly packed grated or chopped jaggery or jaggery powder and ¼ cup water.

jaggery for sweet kozhukattai recipe

6. keep the pan on stove top and on a low flame heat the solution. stir so that the jaggey melts.

jaggery for sweet kozhukattai recipe

7. simmer till all the jaggery is melted. just melt the jaggery. no need to thicken the syrup.

jaggery for chana dal modak recipe

8. now through a strainer, filter the syrup and keep aside.

jaggery for sweet kozhukattai recipe

9. now take the mashed chana dal in a pan. add the jaggery syrup.

chana dal for sweet kozhukattai recipe

10. then add ⅓ cup grated coconut.

coconut for sweet kozhukattai recipe

11. mix everything very well.

mixture for sweet kozhukattai recipe

12. keep the pan on stove top and on a low flame, cook this mixture.

mixture for chana dal modak recipe

13. on a low heat, stirring at times, cook the filling till it starts thickening.

mixture for sweet kozhukattai recipe

14. the mixture will begin to leave the sides of the pan and become dry. stir often.

mixture to make sweet kozhukattai recipe

15. thats the time when you need to switch off the flame. do remember not to overcook the mixture as it will become dense. the mixture also should be not be too moist, otherwise it will be difficult to stuff the modaks with it.

mixture to make sweet kozhukattai recipe

16. lastly add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder and mix well. let this mixture cool down.

mixture to make sweet kozhukattai recipe

preparing rice dough for sweet kozhukattai recipe:

1. in a pan or vessel take 1.5 cups of water. place it on a stove top on a medium to high flame.

making sweet kozhukattai recipe

2. then add ¼ teaspoon salt.

salt for making chana dal modak recipe

3. next add ¼ teaspoon sesame oil.

oil for making sweet kozhukattai recipe

4. allow the water to come to a rolling boil.

making sweet kozhukattai recipe

5. reduce the flame and then add 1 cup rice flour gradually.

rice flour for making sweet kozhukattai recipe

6. quickly begin to stir and mix the flour with water.

rice flour to make sweet kozhukattai recipe

7. stir till all the rice flour is mixed with the water.

rice flour to make chana dal modak recipe

8. mix very well and switch off the gas.

rice flour for making sweet kozhukattai recipe

9. cover the pan with a lid and keep for 4 to 5 minutes.

making sweet kozhukattai recipe

10. then transfer the mixture to a thali or plate or you can keep in the same pan.

making sweet kozhukattai recipe

11. allow the dough to slightly cool down. knead the dough while its still warm but take care not to burn your fingers.

making chana dal modak recipe

12. the dough should be soft and smooth. then cover the dough with a damp muslin or cotton cloth. now allow the dough to rest for 10 to 12 minutes.

making sweet kozhukattai recipe

assembling and stuffing the sweet kozhukattai:

1. later make small balls from the dough. they should be smooth. some may get cracks, so just rub some water on your palm and shape them into balls again which will get rid of the cracks.

making chana dal modak recipe

2. grease the modak mould with a bit of sesame oil. close or lock the mould.

modak moulds for making sweet kozhukattai recipe

3. put the dough ball in the mould.

modak moulds for making chana dal modak recipe

3. press the dough along the surface of the mould, so that a cavity or space is made.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

4. add the chana dal stuffing.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

5. then cover with small piece of dough on top. press to even it.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

6. now open or unlock the mould. gently remove the modak from the mould. alternatively you could flatten the ball. then place the modak filling in the center. make small pleats bring all the edges together and join. prepare all the modaks this way.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

7. either you could use a steamer pan or you could steam the modaks in a pressure cooker for 8 to 10 mins on low flame without the whistle and vent. if using a steamer pan then add 2.5 cup of water to the steamer. let the water come to a boil. keep the modaks on a greased steamer plate or on greased idli moulds. now place the moulds into the steamer pan. you can also steam in batches. i steamed in two batches.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

8. cover the pan with a lid and steam for 10 to 15 minutes on a low flame.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

9. once the modaks are steamed remove and keep aside.

 making sweet kozhukattai recipe

10. the sweet kozhukattai are ready to be offered to lord ganesha.

chana dal modak recipe

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