Festival RecipesKozhukattai | modakam for vinayakar chaturti | varalakshmi pooja

Kozhukattai | modakam for vinayakar chaturti | varalakshmi pooja

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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  1. The presentation of modak over a saree n jasmine along the side indicates that ganesha pooja is on the way….very exited to welcome ganesha to my home….these modaks r remembering of ganesha n prasad as well!…the step by step pics r excellent…i know that it's tough to click step by step pics while making food means our attention should be on both cooking n clicking…so in that way u've clicked n cooked without lumps…g8 job jeysree!…feeling divine on visiting ur page…thnx-
    Meena's Kitchen

  2. You are a darling. The detailed steps are so helpful dear.
    And hey, did you do the mehandi? Couldnt get a complete look but seems beautiful 🙂

    And thanks for letting me know that its varalkshmi pooja tomorrow 🙂

  3. Truly divine 🙂 The jasmine is making the pics look so beautiful 🙂

    We make the coconut filling with sugar instead of jaggery 🙂 Your version is definitely yummy 🙂

  4. Love it so so much.. waiting for Vinayakar chaturthi.. Just Last week made for garuda panchami waiting for next. Jasmine flower and first pictures is too good.I miss all these flowers here 🙁

  5. Hi Jeyashri …. Thank you very much for the recipe. My wife and I tried this – and this is our very first attempt at kozhakattais – and it has come out very well. We used 3/4 glass of grated coconut and 1/2 glass of jaggery. This gave us poornam for 8 kozhakattais. For the outer covering, we did start with 1 and 1/4 glass of water, bit of salt and oil, but this was sufficient only for 1/2 glass of rice flour. And to our surprise, this much dough was sufficient for 8 kozhattais 🙂 We still had some dough to spare and used it for 4 ammuni kozhakattais, which incidentally also turned out very well.

    All in all, great success. Thank you very much !

    • Hi no worries you fill a small cup with water and place it inside the cooker . Keep water into the cooker as we keep generally. Place the modak in a greased plate and place it on the top of the cup. Cover n steam for 10 mins without putting the weight.


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