Skip to main content

Posts

Shahi Tukda

Fiftieth Blog Post! So finally, after 5 months, I have reached my 50th post. I am literally on cloud nine! 🤩 Five months ago, when I was going to upload my first post, I was quite apprehensive. What is going to be the response? Will people regularly visit my blog? Will I able to post on a regular basis? Will I even be able to do it with my twins? But afteryou guys welcomed me with open hands and a warm heart, I was overwhelmed 😍 . All those comments, the feedbacks, the likes and the shares just make me want to post a recipe every day (but where is the time?). Be it on instagram, facebook or on whatsapp, your sweet encouragements make me think why I didn’t start blogging earlier. I really enjoy my new found friendship with fellow bloggers and food enthusiasts in Instagram. Irrespective of their age and fame, they make sure to like and comment in my post and never fail to bring a smile on my face. And the fact that people are trying out my recipes is truly inspiring and encouraging. …

Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai

Another family recipe! Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai is a sweet and simple version of kozhukkatai made for ganesha’s birthday. During the two years after college and before marriage, I used to stay with my sister Manju in Chennai. There, during Vinayagar Chaturti, I used to be the one helping my sis in shaping the kozhukattais. This is when I learnt the recipe. Miss those chill days where Vinayagar Chaturti would mean only shaping kozhukattais and eating them while watching all the Vinayagar Chaturti specials on TV.
These kozhukattais are super soft. With every bite, you can taste the jaggery and feel the coconut. That’s one heavenly couple. I personally prefer this over the savoury version. Though it is a Vinayagar Chaturti special, it is not necessary that it should be made only on this occasion. You can also make it as an evening snack or for short break. It is a very filling dish. So make this simple kozhukattai and enjoy a blessed Ganesha Chaturti! Preparation time: 5 minutes| Cooking t…

Kara kozhukattai / Savoury modak

Kara kozhukattai is a family recipe. We make this every Ganesha Chaturti. I make this using Idiyappam flour, which my mother used to prepare and send it to me. This flour is not made in machines, as in the cities, but is made the traditional way using the pestle and mortar. My native Sedapatty is a beautiful small village near Madurai. My parents stay there. We have house helps who help my mom in preparing the idiyappam flour. Whatever we make using this traditional flour, is full of fresh aroma and flavour.
Kara kozhukattai is a very easy traditional dish. The whole process takes no more than half an hour. This dish is a very healthy one. It is not necessary that it should be made only on occasions, you can also make it as an evening snack for your kids or also send it to school as short break. You can experiment with the shape of the kozhukattais. You can roll them into balls or press it between your fingers to make the pidi kozhukattai. I personal feel the ball shaped ones look g…

Kozhukattai / Modak

When I was newly married, making kozhukattai (modak) was always a nightmare. The tension used to start on the eve of Ganesh Chaturti itself. Grating coconut, preparing the dough and everything used to seem as a tedious task. Over the years, I have slowly grasped the techniques and have reached a stage where I look forward to making them. I usually make the kozhukattais with homemade idiyapam flour, which my mother used to prepare at home and send it to me. But this time, for a change, I wanted to try out a traditional method, which I had never tried before. The first time I made it was for this post. In this method, we soak the raw rice, grind it and make the dough with it.
All the credits of this post goes to Vijayalakshmi amma, my friend Anandhi’s mother-in-law. She not only gave me the recipe, but also came over and guided me from the scratch. As she was helping me throughout the cooking process, I didn’t find it difficult in trying out this new dish. I got all my doubts cleared on…