Kozhukattai / Red rice dumplings

It's August month and Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner. Ganesh Chaturthi marks the start of festival season in India. While we offer innumerous food to Ganesha on that auspicious day, Sundal and sweet modak are the most prominent dishes.



Ingredients:

1 cup red rice flour
1 cardamom, powdered
a pinch of salt
5 tbsp powdered jaggery
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp oil

Steps:

1. In a pan, add the flour and roast it on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes. Transfer it to a plate and let it cool.

2. Take a sauce pan and add half a cup of water, oil, and jaggery. Bring it to boil and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Jaggery syrup is ready!


3. Once the flour is cooled down, add salt, grated coconut and cardamom powder to it. Mix it once. Then add the jaggery syrup while it is hot over the flour and mix it with a spatula.



4. Wait for few minutes until the flour jaggery mixture cools enough to knead. Once cooled down, Knead the dough well using a spatula or hands.



5. Make small round shape out of the dough.



6. Then hold it in your palm and press it with your fingers. This forms the red rice kozhukattai to be in that frilled shape.





7. Place them in an idli cooker or a steamer. I' m using a rice cooker.



8. Steam the kozhukattais for 15-18 minutes. Let it cool down.



9. After 15 minutes, check if it is cooked well by inserting a toothpick or a fork. It has to be firm and does not break, this is the consistency to check.



10. Then transfer the kozhukattais to a plate and serve! This can easily be a healthy snack for kids too as it is made out of red rice flour.



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