Coconut kozhukattai/coconut dumplings

Kozhukattai (in Tamil) or dumplings or modak (in Hindi) are a healthier dish that is offered to Lord Ganesha during chaturthi festival every month. This steamed snack is very rich in carbohydates and also oil free which makes it a good dish for people of all ages.

There are different versions to this kozhukattai either with stuffing or just plain ones. I have already shared the plain one using jaggery and red rice. You can check the recipe here. In today's recipe I have used white rice, you can use red rice too for a even more healthier version. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.


300 gems of rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of water
1 tsp cooking oil

For the stuffing

1.5 cups of grated coconut
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder

How to make sweet modak/sweet dumplings using coconut:

1. Sieve the rice flour once to get rid off small lumps if any.

Heat a kadai or wok and add rice flour over medium flame. Roast it for 4-5 minutes until the raw smell goes away.

2.  Let the roasted flour cook down completely.

3. Meanwhile, heat a sauce pan with 2 cups of water along with salt and oil.

4. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame.

5. Immediately add the boiling water over the roasted and cooled rice flour little by little.

6. Using a spatula, keep mixing the flour with water.

7. Make sure you keep mixing and side by side add enough water so that no lumps are formed.

8. This forma dough and once it is little bit cooled down to handle it using hands, start kneading it for a minute. The dough for the kozhukattai/dumpling/modak is ready!

9. In a mixing bowl, add freshly  grated coconut, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix it well. The stuffing is ready.

Note: if you are grating the coconut freshly, then add 2 cardamoms while grinding. It’s an alternative  to the cardamom powder.

10. Make lemon sized balls out of the kozhukattai dough by applying a drop of oil onto your palms.

11. Then start making a bowl out of the ball using your fingers as show in this picture.

12. It will be hollow enough to hold the stuffing. Now, place a spoonful of coconut + sugar stuffing into the flour bowl, you just made.

13. Seal it well by folding together all the edges and make a little dome shape at the center point where you bring all the edges together.

You can alternatively make a ball shaped kozhukattai too instead of this coconut shaped kozhukattai/dumplings. The shape of the dumplings/kozhukattai is upto your imagination and ease of making.

14. Make similar shaped kozhukatti with remaining ball shaped dough.

15. Place the kozhukattai on a muslin/cotton cloth spread over the steamer plate and cover it loosely.

16. Steam the kozhukatti for about 12-15 minutes or until cooked just enough.

Note: Over cooking makes the dumplings/kozhukattai hard.

17. Voila! healthy steamed rice kozhukattai is ready for snacking or breakfasting! Do try this recipe for after school snack. I used extremely dry coconut(a.k.a copparai thengai in Tamil) and hence the change in color while being steamed.


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