Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Once the month of Avani starts, there is an unending series of festivals. Close to Avani Avittam, we celebrated Gokulashtami and before we know it, Ganesh Chaturthi will arrive, to be followed immediately by Onam. Not too far away is Navarathri.
Though Ganesh Chaturthi was a week away, I prepared sweet and savoury kozhukkattais last week, as our elder son was with us and was going back to his work place before Ganesh Chaturthi.
This time, for savoury kozhukkattais, I prepared carrot kozhukkattais. They came out very well and every one appreciated the new taste.
Here is the recipe.
Ingredients for the outer shell of the kozhukkattais are given here.
Ingredients for the stuffing:
Grated carrot: 1 cup
Moong dal without husk: 1/2 cup
Grated coconut: 1/2 cup
Green chillies : 2 nos
Salt to taste
For the garnish:
Split urad dal: 1tsp
Hing: 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves: a few
Oil: 2 tsps
Dry roast the moong dal to a light pink color. Cook with little water so that they are done but not over cooked. It should be soft to touch but the grains should remain separate.
Grind the coconut with green chillies without adding water.
Heat oil in a wide mouthed pan. Add the hing and mustard. When the mustard starts crackling, add the urad dal. When the urad dal turns pink in color, add the curry leaves, followed by grated carrots.Saute` for 5 minutes, add the cooked moong dal and saute` again for 2 minutes. Add the coconut mixture. Mix well and remove from heat.
Prepare the rice flour dough for the outer covering as per this recipe.
Make small cups of the dough and stuff 2 tsps. of the stuffing into it. Steam for 15-20 minutes.
Yummy carrot kozhukkattais are ready!
So, this time,for Ganesh Chaturthi, go the vegetable way!
Happy Gowri Ganesha to all. May the Elephant faced God remove all obstacles and give a Happy and Prosperous life to all of us.