Mar 15, 2013

Therali Kozhukattai / Therali Appam / Sweet Steamed Rice Dumplings with Coconut & Jaggery- Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

I should have posted this recipe so many months back on past ganesh chaturthi, but i am not sure how i missed it. It has been sitting in my drafts for so many months and went unnoticed. I thought of sharing this recipe with you all today before i forget about it. This is a staple recipe in our home, we make this along with elai appam(which will be posted soon) on every chaturthi. It never fails us and the recipe has been passed from generation over generation. It is so simple to make, but they taste so fresh and heavenly.

The real flavour of this kolukattai not only comes from the ingredients, but most of them comes from the leaf which we roll this. It is called as therali ilai, which has its distinct aroma. When you steam this i am damn sure that your house will be filled with that lovely aroma, which totally reminds me home.
If you don't have that leaf you can just steam it as it is...

Preparation Time : 30 mins

Cooking Time: 30 mins
Makes - 20 to 25 kozhukattai


Rice Flour - 2 cups
Jaggery / Sarkarai - 2 cups grated
Water - 2 cups
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Cardamom powder / Yelakai podi - 2 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder / Chukku podi - 1 tsp


Take a heavy bottom pan, add jaggery in it and pour in water. Heat them together so it gets dissolved. Now strain them and pour them back into the same pot.

Bring that to a boil. Add in coconut, cardamom and ginger powder. Mix them well.

Now add in rice flour and mix well, so it forms into a dough.

Transfer that to a plate and let them cool a bit.

Shape small balls from it and place them on a therali leaf and roll them. Roll it and tuck the leaves stem over the kolukattai so it is well sealed.

Place this inside the idli pot and steam for 20 mins.

Remove and Serve.


Take all your ingredients

Add jaggery in a sauce pan

Add some water

Mix well, so the jaggery is dissolved

Strain it

Take them back in a sauce pan

Add coconut to it

Add cardamom and Dry Ginger powder

Now add in rice flour

Mix well so that it is half cooked

Remove that to a plate

Take your leaf

form them into kolukattai..

place them on the inner side of the leaf

roll the

roll them

And pinch them with the stem of the leaf

Add done

Place them on idli stand

Steam the

They smell divine


  1. we make it flat and not rolled on the leaf this looks fabulous deliciously done

  2. Wow awesomeeeeeeeeee thanks Aarthi<3

  3. can guess the smell of this kozhukattais, fantastic.

  4. Hai Aarthi...
    We also add bananas to make therali..

  5. Wow.. so delecious preparation Aarthi, can banana leaves be used here??

  6. From where can I get the therali leaves in chennai


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