Monday, August 25, 2014

Kara Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe - Uppu Kozhukattai - Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

Kara Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe
Kara Pidi Kozhukattai is a very easy recipe that you can try for Ganesh Chaturthi.We always make sweet pooranam kozhukattai / mothagam, kara kozhukattai,chana sundal and ellu urundai for ganesh chaturthi.Pidi means 'to hold' in Tamil, we usually keep the kozhukattai dough in our palm, close and press it to give an impression as you can see in step 3 so this is why it is called as pidi kozhukattai.

I have already posted a kara kozhukattai with raw rice but this is a very simple and easy version with rice flour, I planned to post it last year itself but somehow missed it so this year let me start the festival special recipes with this easy rice flour kara kozhukattai

Check out other versions of pidi kozhukattai which I posted earlier:
Kara Pidi kozhukattai savoury
Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai
Kara Pidi Kozhukattai

Kara Pidi Kozhukattai  Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:around 12
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Homemade Rice Flour / Idiyappam Flour - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Oil - just to grease
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp + to grease
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli - 1 chopped finely
Curry Leaves - few torn into pieces


  1. Heat oil in a pan(preferable nonstick) add the items listed under 'to temper', let it splutter.Then add water, add required salt and let the water boil,once it bubbles up rigourously simmer to low flame and add rice flour and mix well.It will all come together so soon so act quickly.Keep mixing continuously to avoid lumps.It will be all done in few mins so keep stirring.
    How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step1
  2. Once you mix, it will start coming together and form a mass.At this stage add coconut and stir well.Switch off and let it cool down.Keep covered.How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step2
  3. When its still warm, make kozhukattai shapes.Grease your hands with oil  then take a small portion and make cylindrical shapes and press it with your fingers to get the impression...repeat the same for the entire mixture.You can even make small balls .How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step3
  4. Then arrange it in a steamer plate and steam it for 7-10mins.How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step4
Serve hot / warm.
Rice Flour Uppu Kozhukattai

My Notes:

  • I used readymade idiyappam flour, Nirapara brand. You can even use homemade rice flour.
  • The water quantity depends on the rice flour quality so adjust accordingly.
  • After water boils, make sure you keep in sim then add rice flour in a sprinkle manner and on one side keep mixing.If you leave it even for a second then lumps will form easily so be fast and stir continuously.
  • If you are not confident of the exact consistency to switch off, you can just take a small ball and roll and see, if it forms a ball then its the right consistency.
  • Make sure the rice flour is almost cooked before steaming this ensure soft kozhukattais.
  • You can even add chana dal while tempering.
  • Dont let the rice flour mixture dry, keep covered and shape the kozhukattais.I just made 1/2 cup so the shaping was done in few minutes but while doing in bulk make sure you keep it covered with a slightly wet cloth.
Rice Flour Uppu Kozhukattai

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. instead of red chillies u can add green chillies.

  2. Kozhukattai looks so yum! I often make akki rottis with riceflour...

  3. Kozhukattai looks inviting! beautiful pics too.

  4. Happy Vinayaka chathurthi. God blesa your family.
    Made these kozhukkatai today morning. Came out really well. Thank you.

  5. Tried it for the first time.....came out superb!!!! Thanks!


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