Healthy snacking

Yesterday I felt a sudden craving for having something sweet. It has been a while since I stopped having food from outside ,but this craving seemed irresistible. When I told my mom she said she’ll make me Modaks. I thought she meant Ladoos. She corrected me,”No not Ladoos,I meant kozhukattas“. I shrugged ,”But that’s not sweet.” My friend had told me that this is what she gets daily evening in her hostel and she was tired eating it.”But this kozhukatta is different” Mom had said.

Of course it was 😋😋, and I’m delighted to share that wonderful, healthy and delicious recipe with you.

For those who got confused with the multiple names ,Let me explain it to you :
It is called modak (मोदक) in Marathi ,Konkini and in Gujarati language. modhaka or kadubu in Kannada. modhakam or Kozhakattai in Tamil Kozhukatta in Malayalam and kudumu in Telungu.

In Tamil Nadu and North India,the dish is traditionally associated with the Hindu God Ganesha and prepared as an offering on the occasion of Vinayaka Chaturthi. In Kerala it is popularly associated with Oshana Sunday evening celebrations of Saint Thomas Christians.

In Kerala Kozhukatta is used as an evening snack and can be found in local coffee shops.

Course: Dessert

Served as : Snacks

Orgin :Srilanka ,India

Calories:90 (according to my fitness pal)

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup of raw rice powder
1 1/4 cup of water, more or less
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of jaggery
1/2 cup of grated coconut
2 tsp of ghee
1/4 tsp of cardamom powder

Saffron (optional)

Preparation:

  • For the fillling:

    Heat a pan, add the grated coconut and jaggery.

    Stir for about five minutes. Add the nutmeg and saffron, mix well.

    Cook for another five minutes and keep aside.

    For the modak:

    In a deep dish, boil water with ghee. Add the salt and flour. Mix well.

    Cover the dish and cook till its half done.

    Spread some ghee on the base of a steel bowl and while the dough is still hot, knead it well.

    Now take a little dough, roll it into a ball, flatten it well, shape the edges into a flower pattern.

    Put a spoonful of the filling onto the dough and seal it.

    Put the dumplings in a muslin cloth and steam them for 10- 15 minutes. Serve.

    Courtesy :NDTV food

This is a healthy alternative for those who can’t resist their sweet tooth like me😉 .BTW this kozhukatta can also be taken without the inner filling (The not so sweet kozhukkata I mentioned in the beginning) for those who don’t want to have it sweet.

To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art.

So snack smart!🙂

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