Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai:
Healthiest Innovation in our traditional recipe. Kozhukkattai is traditionally made with rice flour as base and filling prepared in various combinations, including spicy and sweet. Here, I thought to prepare something healthier to consume and without any artificial sweet or sweets like sugar and jaggery. Dates are naturally sweet in taste and the crunchy nuts added are very healthy. This wonderful combination of nuts and dates, filled in rice pod is heavenly in taste. Exclusively prepared for this Ganesh Chathurthi, recipe from Chettinadcookbook.
Ingredients: To prepare the outer covering
Rice flour-1 cup ( yields 20 to 23 Kozhukkattai)
Ingredients for filling mixture:
Kiss-miss, dry grapes- 1 tbsp
Coconut grated-2 tbsp
Cashew nuts- fist full
Pista, walnut -5 to 10 each (optional)
Pea nuts-1 tbsp
Ghee-2 tsp to roast the nuts mixture
Coarsely grind all the above-mentioned nuts in a mortar or pestle, collect it separately.
Grind the dates and dry grapes together for a minute to mash it well.
Heat pan with one teaspoon of ghee and slightly roast the nut mixture.
In a wide pan add roasted nut mixture, dates mixture, and coconut.
Mix it well all together and make it into a small gooseberry sized balls.
In a vessel boil water, take another pan add the rice flour, salt, and oil as mentioned above.
Gradually pour boiling water to the rice flour and mix it with the ladle to a tight dough.
Make the dough to small lemon size equal balls, Now grease your fingers and palm, make the balls to thin patties or cup-shaped to fill the mixture.
Make it to your desired shaped, such that the filling does not come out of the outer covering.
Steam cook the Kozhukkattai, in two batches for 10 to 15 minutes.
Mixed nuts Kolukkattai is ready. Exclusively prepared for this Ganesh Chathurthi from Chettinadcookbook.
If you prefer to have more sweet taste, add some grated jaggery with the mixture.
One teaspoon of sugar can be added in rice flour while mixing the dough.