Sep 17, 2012

Kozhukattai / Kolukattai Recipe / Savoury Spiced Up Rice Balls - Ganesh Chathurthi Recipes

Finally I am up with my post for ganesh chaturthi. I wanted to post his favorite kolukattai recipes in my blog before his big day. But I think I can make up to only one. I will try to make some sweet modak and post it here.
This is one of our favorite breakfast item. This recipe is so easy to make and you don't need to wait for a whole long day to make your rice ferment unlike  dosa batter. Now coming back to the recipe..They are so easy to make just make the batter and cook it a bit..then steam it and dig in. This one taste great with coconut chutney. I hope you will love this and tell me if you give this a try."


Rice - 2 cup
Salt to taste
Water as needed for making puree
Coconut - 1 cup

For Tempering:
Oil - 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / kaduku - 1 tsp
Channa dal / Kadala Paruppu - 1 tblspn
Urad dal / Ulundu - 1 tblspn
Dry red Chilli - 5 cut into small pieces
Curry leaves - 1 spring


Wash rice well and let it soak for 2 hours. Drain it and add to a blender. Add salt to it and make into a puree by adding some water.

Now heat oil in a kadai. Add all the ingredients given in the tempering list in the given order and let them sizzle for a min.

Add the ground rice mixture and mix well. Keep mixing till everything comes together and form into a soft dough.

Take it off the heat and add coconut in it. Mix well till it forms a smooth dough.

Divide into equal portions and shape into round balls.

Place them in a steamer basket and steam them in a idli cooker or if you are like me, I used my electric rice cooker for about 15-20 mins till the kolukkatai is done.

The kolukkatai must have turned shiny and glossy of they are done. Or cut a ball you will not find any doughyness inside those kolukattai.

Serve hot with chutney or idli podi.

Take all your ingredients
Soak your rice for a couple of hours
drain them and add to a blender
add salt to it
and make into a puree
like this
now heat oil and temper the spices
let them get toasted
add the pureed batter in this
and keep stirring
stir ..stir..stir
they will get thicken and leave the side of the pan
like this
add coconut to this
and make into a dough
divide into equal portions and form into balls..
place them in a steamer
and let them cook


  1. OMG love this recipe. Can I use regular rice flour for this recipe ?? I want to make it for Ganesh Chaturthi!!

  2. it....simply delectable....

  3. @MadhaviNo rice flour makes it so rubbery. I have another one version which used rice flour, will post soon. If you want soft kolukattai you have to use rice

  4. hai aarthi, nice receipe. you know something my mom also used to make kozhukattai in the same way. now i am also following the same only thing is i used to grind the coconut along with rice.

  5. Beautiful, great instructions as usual. Happy Vinayaka Chathurti.

  6. @Aarthi

    Thanks Aarthi. Waiting for another version..

  7. U really rock Aarthi..Such a patience to take step by step clicks and post it! I cant wait to try this one!!

  8. Great recipe Aarthi.Using rice puree is a new and innovative one instead of using rice ur blog.I will definitely try it.Great going :)

  9. Made it today... came out very well.. thanks for the nice recipe..

  10. I have one doubt . The rice we r grinding should nice paste or coarse paste.

  11. Aarthi is this raw rice or idli rice?


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