Kolakatai/kolukattai/modak is a traditional sweet in India prepared mainly during Ganesh Chathurthi as it is said that Lord Ganesha loves kolakatai.
It is prepared from rice flour, channa dal and jaggery. Many variations of kolakatai such as moon dal kolakattai, chocolate kolukattai etc are prepared. Even spicy kolakatai is also prepared.
Check out the traditional channa dal kolakatai/modakam/dumplings procedure with step by step pictures.
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- 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.
- Transfer the pressure cooked dal to a mixer grinder, add jaggery to it.
- Add cardamom powder to it. Grind it into a smooth mixture by adding little dal broth or water.
- Add 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 mixing bowl.
- In a pan, add water and salt.
- Bring it to boil.
- Then pour the boiling water over the rice flour.
- 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 ball out of the dough.
- Mix 1 tsp oil with 2 tbsp of water and keep it near 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.
- Spread the filling vertically. Close the dough by bringing the two sides 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.