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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mothagam - Modakam - Modak Recipe - Sweet Kozhukattai Recipe

Mothagam
I had already posted modak(mothagam) recipe with coconut filling earlier but wanted to try it with chana dal filling using the mould so last week made it and clicked to post it here for vinayagar chathurthi special.  Though making modaks using mould is time consuming, the end result looks pretty especially for the clicks :) Check out the savoury urad dhal kozhukattai here.
Mothagam Recipe
This is my fav anytime and as a kid I've enjoyed it as a teatime snack many times so try this for your kids am sure they will enjoy it too.
Modakam Recipe

Mothagam Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 10 modaks
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

For the outer covering:

Rice Flour(Idiyappam flour) - 1 cup
Water - 1 and 1/4 cup(adjust as needed)
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

For the pooranam:

Channa Dal - 3/4 cup
Coconut - 3 tbsp
Powdered Jaggery - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Method:

  1. Pressure cook channa dal for 4 whistles and mash it with a laddle, Set aside. In warm water(just add till immersing level of jaggery) dissolve jaggery and then drain it and transfer this to a pan.Keep stirring.
    How to make modakam - Step1
  2. Once it starts bubbling up, add mashed channa dal, then coconut, cardamom powder.Keep stirring.
    How to make modakam - Step2
  3. The more the water you add to jaggery it will take more time to get thicken, so be careful while adding water.At one stage the mixture will become thick leaving the sides of the pan.This is the right time, so switch it off.When it is still warm, roll them into small balls.Keep aside. Heat water in a vessel.
    How to modakam - Step3
  4. Once water starts boiling add it little by little to idiyapam flour along with salt and oil. Mix it with the help of a laddle to form a soft dough. Keep the dough covered with a wet cloth till you use to prevent drying.Take the modak press and grease it with oil on all the 3 sides.
    How to make modakam - Step4
  5. Take a lemon size ball and press it inside the laddle leaving space in the middle for the pooranam. Press on all the sides to get the striped impression. Then add a pooranam ball and press it inside. Then seal the base with the dough.
    How to make modakam - Step5
  6. Then open carefully to take out the modaks. Grease oil and wash the mould now and then when it starts sticking. Then arrange it in idli / idiyapam pan and steam it for 10-12 mins. When the outer layer turns shiny then your modaks are done.
    How to make modakam - Step5
Method to make mothagam without mould:
  1. 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- Step4
  2. 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 - Step5
Modakam - Chana Dal Pooranam

Video showing how to shape modakam without mould


Check out thengai poorna kozhukattai recipe that I posted a year back.
Mothagam
There are varieties of filling ideas like :

  • Only coconut
  • Channa Dal and coconut
  • Sesame seeds and coconut
  • Peanuts and coconut
  • Urad dhal for savoury etc
Modakam Recipe

My Notes:

  • Water should be very hot, only then the flour will get cooked well and the dough will be less sticky.Use laddle while mixing and when it turns warm use your hands to bring it together to form a dough.
  • Do not add the full 1 and 1/4 cups of water to the flour at a stretch. Add it little by little.
  • Grease your hands / mould while making the modaks to avoid sticking.
  • Make sure to keep the unused dough covered with a wet cloth to avoid it from drying.
  • I used readymade idiyappam flour this time, sieve it once atleast even for homemade flour(if its not sieved previously)
Sweet Kozhukattai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J

54 comments:

  1. I remember, on Vinayaga Chathurthi, my mom wakes me up at 4 am n pushes me to bathe n help her with filling the pooranam. It tempts me so much. Sadly, she won't let me eat before offering to Lord Ganesha :) Pics are amazing and the last one makes me drool :) Wil try on Vinayaga Chathurthi :)

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  2. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi!!! Picture perfect and delicious and yummy!!!!!!! I can go on and on... Very nicely done

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  3. wow...gorgeous mothagam...one of my faorites...beautifully explained...:)lovely clicks again dear,,,:)

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  4. Wow they look so yummy and love their shape. Sharmi I made a birthday cake for my husband using your easy vanilla sponge recipe, will be posting it soon in my blog. Its so yummy I just cant describe, I did a vanilla butter cream frosting and thank you for the wonderful recipe, I read each of your 200 comments to get more tips and am so happy to follow you here.

    Love your recipes dear, do visit me when you can

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  5. very detailed process sharmi..modak is my almost favorite sweet and they look very cute..

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  6. Super cute looking modakams , never tried with channa dal poornam though.

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  7. This is gorgeous sharmi....though I never had a chance to have this...hopefully I can make this with your detailed explanation.

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  8. The mold looks very pretty Sharmi. Yummy kozhukattais.

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  9. most favorite kozhukattai... i love it with dal pooranam...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  10. Hi Dear i am always a big fan of your pics. i really drool over them.

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  11. HI Sharmis, ,Lovely clicks and ur modak looks cool.where did you get this mould from? I am very much interested

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  12. @Thava : The modak mould I used is my mothers got from her native..but have seen it once in Rathna Stores T.Nagar Chennai.

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  13. Looks stunning, especially the second last click! I wish i cud get a mould:-)But then i guess i will be too lazy to do such pretty modaks:-)

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  14. Looks so perfect ....lovely pics

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  15. Irresistible mothagams,i have the same moulds too..

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  16. tht's looks so tempting ...yum

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  17. acutally i like this saree :) wow well match with the modhagam

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  18. Looks super...Delicious and cute...Loved that mould...

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  19. i love anything coconut! these look so good!

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  20. Wow..they looks so cute :) loved its shape n looks very tempting...love this Chana dal filling too!!
    Very nice pics n presentation...kalakiteenga :)

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  21. I always make this pooranam. Love the cute modaks. I did bring a mould from India. Need to search for it now !!

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  22. I have a similar set of pics taken last year,though not as gorgeous!love the shape!

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  23. Loved tat cute pillayar...Ofcourse Modakam too..

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  24. very cute and pretty looking modhakams, feeling like gobbling few now :)

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  25. Aww !! I love these cute little balls, and that mould.. I want it :(

    they look so perfect Sharmi.. and your pictures are wirth staying on this page for a while..

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  26. Wow! they have moulds? I have made so many modhakums by hand, the mould will help.

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  27. When I initially saw the recipe I thought this were store bought. I couldnt believe seeing those beautiful treats. This is such a family favorite of ours. Beautiful!

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  28. We usually make with coconut so glad to see the alternative with chana dal. So perfectly made. Totally yum

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  29. I love your recipes and have tried so many.. all of them turned out yummmm!! I love the modak.. where did you get it can you please tell me

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  30. Hi, I love your blog and the recipes. I hv tried so many and all hv turned out yummm!!! Can u pls tell me where u bought the modak its so pretty!

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  31. really superb menu with awesome photography excellent !!!!Sharmi

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  32. Hi
    I live in germany and here its difficult to get jaggrey. So which fulling will taste good when made with sugar. Usually sugar fillings do not taste as good as those with jaggrey..
    Planning to make the pidi kolzhukattai.. So want to make a sweet one as well..

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  33. HI sharmilee.....i just tried out this recipe from ur blog! loved the filling...... pls check it out...:)
    http://amumsjournal.blogspot.in/2012/09/sweet-kozukattai-mothagam.html

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  34. Absolutely love the modakam and love the mold .... Adorable

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  35. Can anyone suggest an online source to purchase the mould? I'd really like to make these and I know I could do it without the mould but they are just so pretty when pressed into that shape!

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  36. Made these modaks for Ganesh Chaturthi n it was a super hit...thanks for the lovely recipe.....

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  37. These look so pretty. Is there an online store where I can purchase these molds?

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  38. @Wizzy : Sure, will update here when I find it online

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  39. i am big fan of ur pics,really love them

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  40. your recipe is easy to follow. thank you. i am from malaysia. where can i get the mould?

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    1. Kindly check the reply for @Thava's comment :)

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  41. Hi Sharmilee!I love all your posts.I admired this post atleast 100 times.Have ordered for a modak mould too.I have tried many of your dishes.Keep up the good work :)

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  42. Hi Sharmi... Can we use ready made rice flour for this?? Thank you :)

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    1. I have tried with idiyappam flour..you can use that.

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  43. Sharmi. Very nice and useful post. I do not have a steaming plate. Can I use idly cooker?

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    1. Yes you can use your idli plates for steaming

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  44. Sharmi..May I know where you got the mothagam mould.Its very nice

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  45. HI sharmi! Thanks for posting the recipes here.I tried it out for the first time and it was waow! We are just using your efforts effortlrssly! thanks for your time.Keep up the good work.

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