- Channa dal/bengal gram dal/kadalai paruppu – 1/2 cup
- Jaggery -3/4 cup
- Ghee – 1/2 tsp
- Cardamom – 1/4 tsp
- Rice flour – 1 cup
- Water – 1 1/4 cup
- Salt – 1 pinch
- Oil – 1 tsp (sesame seed oil preferable)
- Dry roast the kadalai paruppu in a kadai. Allow it to cool.
- In a pressure cooker, add the dry roasted kadalai paruppu and water.
- Pressure cook it for 1 whistle in high flame and 2 whistles in low flame.
- Allow the pressure to escape by itself. Drain the excess water.
- In a mixer grinder, add the pressure cooked dal, jaggery powder and cardamom powder.
- Grind it into a smooth mixture.
- Heat ghee in a kadai
- .Add the dal-jaggery mixture to it.
- Cook until it leaves the sides of the kadai. Leave it to cool.Our kadalai paruppu poornam/ stuffing is ready.
- Take rice flour
- In a pan, add water, salt and water . Bring it to boil.
- Then pour the boiling water over the rice flour and mix it well with the back of the ladle.
- When it is warm, grease your hands with oil and knead to a smooth dough. Keep it covered with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying.
- Take a small portion of the dough and make equal sized balls out of the dough.
- Mix 1 tsp oil with 2 tbsp of water and keep it besides you. Now take a ball, shape it into a small circle, (dip your fingers in the oil +water mix to make shaping easier)
- Now, keep 2 tsp of kadalai paruppu stuffing and close it bringing all the corners together. Make it like a ball or flat shape modakams as per your wish.
- Place all the prepared modaks or kolukattais in a greased idli plate.
- Steam it for 10 minutes or until done. After switching off the flame, let the kolukattai rest for 5 minutes, then remove it from the pan.
- Sweet kolukatai is ready for pooja.