Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mothagam - Modak Recipe - Thengai Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe

Mothagam / Modak /Poorna Kozhukattai is one my favs and I grew up eating this often for teatime snack. Yes I remember having this kozhukattai hot hot when I returned back from school.Now lets get on to learn how to make easy modakam kozhukattai.

Now coming to Vinayagar Chathurthi which falls on 11th Sept this year...since all things are almost packed even my props......I somehow managed to do a quick post for this festival so here is mine in advance :)

Check out my ulundu kozhukattai(savory version) and modak(with chana dal filling).
Guess you can understand the work & tight schedule for the next few weeks in arranging up things at our new home. Am not sure when I will be accessing net after this. It all depends on the time delay for the net connection to be given....hopefully sooner. Till then dont forget my litte space, Keep visiting :) I'll be back soon! Check out my mothagam with chana dal filling post. I have used mould there but you can shape them with your hands too.

I remember my MIL and SIL both are great devotess of Lord Ganesh. And my SIL is so so attached to him that we used to call and wish her "Happy Bday" on that day :)

[Updated pictures 2013]
Mothagam Recipe

Modak Recipe Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 45 mins | Makes : around 20
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Mothagam Recipe: Inner Stuffing Ingredients:

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Powdered Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Mothagam Recipe: Outer Dough Ingredients:

Rice flour / Idiyappam flour - 1 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Water - as required to form a dough


  1. Soak jaggery in warm water(till immersing level) , crush it well. Then heat it up until it is slightly thick (no string consistency needs to be checked) It should be of idli batter consistency.Strain and keep aside.
    How to make mothagam - Step1
  2. Dry roast coconut in a tawa till the moisture is absorbed fully, dont change its color.Taked jaggery syrup and heat it up till it becomes thick more like honey consistency.At this stage, add roasted coconut and mix well so that jaggery syrup is coated evenly.Add cardamom powder.
    How to make mothagam - Step2
  3. After 3-4 mins the mixture will start getting thick to be rolled into a ball.At this stage switch off and let it cool and make small balls and keep aside.Siece rice flour once then transfer it to a mixing bowl ,add salt and mix it.
    How to make mothagam - Step3
  4. Add boiling water little by little and mix it with the help of a wooden laddle. Mix it till it gathers to a smooth dough. Allow it to cool for 2-3 mins then knead once with your hands to make a smooth dough but it will be slightly sticky.Keep aside.
    How to make mothagam - Step4
  5. Always make the poornam ready first then make the outer dough so that the outer dough doesnt get dried up. Once the pooranams are ready you can relax, watch ur favourite tv program and do the kozhukattai :) Grease ur hands with oil.Make lemon sized small balls with the prepared dough and flatten them as thin as possible like a small cup.Now keep the coconut pooranum stuffed ball and keep in middle of the cup as shown below.Pull around the edges and bring it to center over the top of the filling. Bring it together to form the modak shape.Now follow the procedure for the remaining dough too.
    How to make mothagam- Step5
  6. Arrange the modaks in a steaming plate and steam it for 10mins.After 10-12 mins check if the kozhukottais are done, the outer layer will be a bit shiny.Now carefully transfer them in a bowl and ur kozhukattais are ready!
    How to make mothagam - Step6
Serve it hot / warm!
Video showing how to shape modakam

Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe
The pooranam should be juicy not too dry switch off accordingly.
Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe

My Notes:

  • Make thin outer layers of the outer dough so that the mothagams are soft and gets cooked easily.
  • The coconut pooranam should be thick in consistency else you will have a tough time wrapping them into kozhukattais.
  • Make sure to sieve even the readymade flours atleast once.

Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Loving those modaks. Amma also makes it similar way. I cannot wait to make and eat them on Saturday :)

  2. Happy shifting Sharmilee!

    Delightful and delicious modaks.

  3. Lovely n fabulous modaks..good luck with your shifting dear :))

    US Masala

  4. Nice to hear your moving to Coimbatore.Saraswathy Balakrishna,Shanthi Krishnakumar are all there.You will be able to meet these blog. friends.Good luck.

  5. Hope you will be all settled soon..Love these kozhukkattai..

  6. awee they look so cute lucky your Ganesha ji who got it so quick :P going back to CBE...i envy you lady...happy and safe shifting hugs to you and cbe :)

  7. Awesome clicks and modaks are very tempting!

  8. Lovely kozhukattai !!! Good luck with the shifting. I simply love Coimbatore it being my Mom's native.

  9. Happy Vinayar charuthi....Nice to know your shifting...Delicious Modagams...

  10. Happy shifting Sharmi..Cute looking modaks..

  11. looks very good. but i always mess up while making kozhakattai. next time i will follow ur recipe.

  12. Happy Vinayaka chathurthy to you and your family Sharmilee, my version is coming soon...

  13. Happy Vinayagar chathurthi to you too, modhagam looks beautiful

  14. Kozhukattai looks yum. Have fun shifting.

  15. Lovely kozhukattai. I am a huge fan of this. waiting for chadurthi.

  16. Modhagams looks so cute,sure it would have tasted great too!! I will be waiting for your next post,come back soon with bang!! :) Lovely clicks,first one is very very nice! Loved all though!

  17. wow..luv this looks perfect..wish u good luck in moving to a new city !

  18. Coimbatore is a beautiful place...happy shifting sharmi....modhagams look cute !!


  19. Modaks look so very cute ..... I am sure you will be at home once u move to coimbatore.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  20. Lovely clicks and a delicious treat. Love the cute modakams.

  21. very nice mothagam...naatile ambalthile mothagam orma verunuttooo....delicious!!!vinayaka chathurthi wishes!!!

  22. I totally know how it feels to leave your known territory. I've moved almost 6 times in the past 4 years and it is CRAZY! Hope the moving goes well and you like the place.
    Is that what you typically make for ganesh chaturthi in south? I've never tasted it but it sounds delicious! Will be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Beautiful pictures!! Mothagam looks lovely..

  24. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi... Modak looks so sweet and delicious!!!

  25. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi.. Hope ur shifting also moves on smoothly.. sharmi!
    Modaks are really soo cute.. glad u made them. .thr needs to b a starting point somewhere..

  26. That looks kozhukattai.
    I totally understand how tedious a move cane be...been there done that..sigh! hope u settle down soon in ur new home.

  27. Those rice triangles look so tempting!

  28. Moving means lots of work, but CBE is such a lovely place to live. Wishing you a hassle free move meanwhile let me drool at those lovely Mothagams

  29. Hi Sharmilee..
    I am first time here on your page.Its so beautiful with such nice recipes.
    These modaks look so festive.I havent eaten them or tried them ever!
    Dovisit me smtime
    Sinfully Spicy

  30. Happy shifting Sharmilee. I am sure you will love coimbatore also.

  31. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi...lovely modak!

  32. Thanks for reading my blog posts often. I am so happy for you that you are shifting to my home town. I am sure you will have a wonderful time with the perfect weather and water. I hope you settle in well and enjoy your stay in cbe.

  33. the modaks look lovely .. hope you had a great festival .. Moving to another city always comes woth mixed emotions .. Have a smooth shifting .. good luck

  34. thank you for your recipe..
    I tried it for the first time and it came out so well..
    thanks a lot..

  35. Thank u so much for ur recipe... i am gonna try this first time... hope it comees out good... Happy VC.. :) Bye...

  36. How many modhagams will come.if I put 1 cup rice flour

    1. Around 10 modaks...depends on the size you make too


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