Vinayagar/Ganesh Chathurthi Special:
Varieties of 9 wonderful and easy Vinayagar Chathurthi Neivedhyam recipe links are provided below, click blue link for more detailed recipes.
- Erukkam Kozhukkattai:
Name of this dish based on the flower Erukkam poo in Tamil, commonly known as Crown flower loved by Lord Ganesha. Kozhukkattai as eivedhyam, prepared in the shape of Erukkam poo, his desired flower. Tastes great with both sweet and spicy fillings.
2. Pillayar Patti Mothagam:
Vinayagar Chadhurthi, with the unique recipe prepared in Pillayar Patti – Modhagam. We believe that Lord Ganesha likes Modhagam, so we call him as Modhagappiriyar in Tamil, means who loves Modhagam. This is the reason behind we prepare various types of Kozhukkattai and show our devotion towards Ganesha. This the unique type of Modhagam prepared in Pillayar Patti during this Chathurthi. Freshly prepared with soaked raw rice and moong dal.
3. Neer Kozhukkattai:
Kozhukattai is nothing but a rice dumpling, made by steaming freshly ground rice into balls, it can be made as both sweet and salt version. As we know any steamed food is extremely good for health. Here is the salt version.This will be soft and tasty with Kanagambara chutney.
4. Varagu Arisi Kozhukkattai:
Millets are becoming trendy food and wholesome nutritious to all age category, nourishing dishes are prepared with millets.
Millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavor, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains.
Kodo millet(vara gari si) kozhukkattai is very palatable and soft when compared with other varieties of kolukkattai. Excellent breakfast or dinner with poondu (garlic) chutney.
Kodo millet can be used in the place of raw rice in all dishes alternatively, the taste will be better when compared with rice.
5. 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 Chettinad cookbook.
6. Pidi Kozhukkattai:
Red rice is usually eaten unhulled or partially hulled and has a red husk, rather than the more common brown. Red rice has a nutty flavor. Compared to polished rice, it has a higher nutritional value of rice eaten with the germ intact.
Kozhukkattai made out of healthy red rice will be soft and melts in our mouth. We call it as, “Pidi” Kozhukkattai because we catch to hold the mixture to get its shape. Delicious red rice kozhukkattai can be served with Red chili or Tomato chutney.
Wish You all Happy Ganesh Chathurthi,
Glad to note that we have achieved 350 posts in our blog – http://www.chettinadcookbook.org. To celebrate both Ganesh Chaturthi and our achievement we have a treat with the unique recipe Rava Kozhukkattai. easy to prepare in a few minutes of effort. Rava has the quality of easiest and fast cooking ingredient in all to choose. Rice can be replaced by Rava to make Kozhukkattai.
This can be made with Rice flour, Wheat flour, Ragi flour etc. Here I preferred to do with Ragi flour because of its high nutritional value, the same recipe can be followed for all type of flour, cooking time may vary.
Soft and Creamy kozhukkattai made out of red rice :
Can be cooked in boiling water and season it with mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.
Sivaparisi/Red rice flour makes this sweet pal kozhukkattai more delicious.Normally pal kozhukkattai is prepared with white rice flour, mini balls cooked in milk and added jaggery or sugar,here we use red rice flour for its health benefits and natural sweetness present in the rice enhances the taste.This also equally delectable and soft.
Elai adai is kerala special dish. It has wonderful aroma cooked in banana leaves, this is steam cooked variety. Healthy, soft and delicious sweet liked by all. This sweet is specially made during vinayagar chathurthi as prasadham to lord Ganesha.Fillings can be sweet or spicy according to your preference.
Banana leaves are also excellent for cook, as it allows the steam to penetrate the food inside or on top of it. You can use banana leaf to line a steamer, or to wrap your food and then steam it.