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Kozhukattai | modakam for vinayakar chaturti | varalakshmi pooja

by Jeyashri suresh

Recipe with video  of modakam

    I was planning to post this recipe of modagam | modak  for a long time, but somehow it got delayed, since tomorrow is varalaskhmi pooja  and ganesh chathurti | vinayagar chaturthi is also coming i wanted to post the recipe of modakam/ kozhakattai with sweet poornam.
Check out how to make Outer cover for modagam in 4 different ways

                                                   Video of how to make modagam

Kozhukattai | modakam

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 40 Mins |Yields: 16

    For outer dough     
Rice flour | idiyappam flour  1 cup
Water    1 and 1/4 cup to 1 and 1/2 cup
Sesame oil   1 tsp
Salt   a pinch
    For the coconut poornam     
   Coconut (grated)   3/4 cup
   Jaggery   1/2 cup
   Ghee   1 tsp
   Cardamom powder  a pinch
   Rice flour  1/2 tsp (optional)  

Modakam with coconut poornam

Check out 4 ways of making outer cover for modakam

  • In a pan add water and add the sesame oil also.
  • If using rice flour add salt, since i used the idiyappam flour i didn’t add salt.
  • When the water starts boiling, keep the flame to medium and add the flour to this and stir continuously for a minute, without any lumps.
  • Put off the flame and when it is warm roll it with your hands to form a nice dough.
  • Cover it with a damp  cloth.

To make poornam:

  • Add the coconut , jaggery and ghee in  pan and stir it continuously.
  • After 2-3 minutes this will  form a thick mixture.
  • If you feel that this is slightly loose, just add 1 tsp of rice flour to this and mix well.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well. Switch off the flame.
  • When it is cool make it into small balls.
  • Make the dough  into  lemon sized balls.
  • Take a dough ball.
  • With you fingers make a small cup out of it and place the poornam in that.
  • Close this and make it into a modak shape.
  • Do the same for the rest of the dough.
  • Grease an idli pan, and place the kozhukattais/modakams in this  and steam it for 10 minutes in medium flame.
  • When it is done allow it to cool for 2 minutes. Else it will break if you take it when it is hot.
  • Kozhukattais are ready for neivedhyam.
  • Modakam with thengai poornam

Check out my recipe for  Parrupu payasam and Sakkarai Pongal.


  1. Always keep the dough (outer layer) covered in a damp cloth.
  2. Alternatively you can make the outer layer by adding the hot boiling water to the flour.


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Saraswathi Balachandran August 23, 2017 - 10:26 am

Hi... Last time i made mel maavu..It became very sticky..So i could not make it into balls. And poonam too was watery.what was my mistake?

jeyashri suresh August 24, 2017 - 8:06 am

If it is sticky means, it is not cooked properly. It needs to be put in the pan and cooked for 5 more mins approx. Poornam, becomes watery if you add more jaggery and less coconut.To make up this you can add 1-2 tsp of rice flour in the last, if it is still watery.

Saraswathi Balachandran August 24, 2017 - 8:11 am

Thanks a lot...Will try tomorrow..??

Saraswathi Balachandran August 25, 2017 - 11:04 am

Hi..Both sweet and kaaram kozhukatais came out really well ?? thanks a lot

Unknown August 23, 2017 - 10:51 pm

love your website and have tried these before and will make them tomorrow

Neha Trendz September 16, 2018 - 11:18 am

Hi, I have tried method 2 and 4. All went well, but after steaming the kozhukattais became very hard. What could have gone wrong?

Jeyashris Kitchen September 17, 2018 - 9:39 am

The kozhukattais are steamed for a long time, that's why it has become hard.

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