Kozhukkatta – a favorite tea-time snack in Kerala! The name maybe a tongue-twister for many, but in simple terms these are rice dumplings with a sweet filling, traditionally done with grated coconut and jaggery (traditional uncentrifuged sugar or un-refined cane sugar). My mom is a master in this, and this very often was our after-school snack; brings in loads of memories from childhood, and still continues to be one of my favorite.
I have used the pale yellow Jaggery also known as Achu vellam which is pure. This can be added to the grated coconut directly. However if you are using the dark brown jaggery then you will first need to melt it with a couple of tablespoons of water to form a thick syrup and then strain to remove the impurities before adding it to the grated coconut as said in the recipe below.
You need –
- Rice flour – 1 cup
- water – ¾ – 1 cup
- Salt to taste
For the filling
- Grated coconut – ½ cup
- Jaggery – ½ cup
- Ghee – 1 teaspoon
- Green cardamom powder – a good pinch
How to –
To make the dough; In pan boil the water with salt. Gradually pour the boiling water to the rice flour to make a soft dough. Use a wooden spoon first to mix well and when warm kneed with your hands to form a soft dough that is similar to a chapthi dough. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and set aside.
To make the filling; heat the ghee in a pan and add the grated coconut and the Jaggery. Cook till the mixture is almost dry but still moist. Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Turn off the heat.
Divide the dough into equal lime sized balls (I used about 2 tablespoons of dough for a ball). Keep a ball of the dough in your palm and using your fingers; shape into a cup. Add about 1.5 teaspoons of the coconut-jaggery filling and seal the filling in. Gently shape it back into a ball.
Steam the dumplings for 15 minutes. Serve warm.
11 thoughts on “Kozhukatta”
This is indeed a nostalgic snack Rekha. I too make this often as my elder one is really fond of this. They look so cute Rekha!
Oooo..kozhukatta…ur clicks are tempting me Rekha…. pass me some if not kozhukatta at least good rice four to make really soft ones :)) After that chat I think it has come in my dreams too :))
Congrats on you new space Rekha. One word simply beautiful
wow kozhukattai looks fantastic and yummy 🙂 love the clicks rekha !! wud love to grab some right away 🙂
Beautiful sweet rice dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery…In my Northeast region, both coconut and jaggery are plenty and very appreciated. I’d love to try this Indian treat!
Yum! I would love to snack on these sweet dumplings. So delicious!
Vaayil kappal oddunnu… lovely clicks…Love kozhukatta… we make it as snack as well as on kozhukatta sheniyazhcha…
Hi there, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was helpful. Keep on posting!
Vayil vellam vannu…I m feeling hungry now…yummm
I think I’m a bit strange because I only prefer the delicious cardamom scented coconut filling. Don’t really like the dough but of course, its the whole package.