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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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Meena Kannan August 11, 2011 - 3:41 am

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-
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Sharmilee! :) August 11, 2011 - 5:08 am

Yummy looking this is my fav…pics look so festive

RAKS KITCHEN August 11, 2011 - 5:13 am

wow,they look so cute and are of same size! Can't wait to gobble this 🙂 Please pack me a dozen ;D

Priya August 11, 2011 - 7:20 am

Soo prefect and festive, feel like having some, love this modakams very much..

Kalpana Sareesh August 11, 2011 - 7:25 am

All set for nombu.. the mehendhi is so good.. i love the modhak..good clicks..

Rekha shoban August 11, 2011 - 7:30 am

they very cute n perfect….really it will be very taste one!!

Priti August 11, 2011 - 7:47 am

Very cute n perfect …I was craving for these few days back 🙂 ….now that you are tempting me again !!

Sushma Mallya August 11, 2011 - 8:44 am

They look so perfectly made Jaishree ..I usually do it in a differnt way …beautifully explained!

Sushma Mallya August 11, 2011 - 8:44 am

They look so perfectly made Jaishree ..I usually do it in a differnt way …beautifully explained!

Padhu August 11, 2011 - 9:25 am

My favorite .Looks great

Prathibha August 11, 2011 - 9:29 am

This is one of my favorite sweet..I ll b waiting thru d year 2 eat them on ganesh chaturthi…:)looks delicious

Sayantani August 11, 2011 - 9:30 am

your mehendi colour has come out great Jeyashri. beautifully presented and step by step explained recipe.

Sanctified Spaces August 11, 2011 - 10:07 am

Yummy dumplings. My favorite sweet dish. Great clicks .

Ramya August 11, 2011 - 10:29 am

Lovely presentation jeyashri!! Make me soo hungry!! Its high time i move to Simei..:-)

Sush August 11, 2011 - 11:03 am

great dumplings! looking forward to prepare & eat them 🙂

priya August 11, 2011 - 11:13 am

looks superb, dear…lovely

Premalatha Aravindhan August 11, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Perfect kozhakattais luks very nice…presentation is too gud.

Shama Nagarajan August 11, 2011 - 1:41 pm

lovely presentation dear…too tempting

khushi August 11, 2011 - 2:06 pm

lovely presentation….looks absolutely delicious
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arthi August 11, 2011 - 3:12 pm

delicious kozhakattai..

Sensible Vegetarian August 11, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Lovely post, looks simply beautiful. I am also getting ready for Varalakshmi pooja and this post really setting the mood for it.

SravsCulinaryConcepts August 11, 2011 - 3:52 pm

perfectly done and well presented!!

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Laavanya August 11, 2011 - 4:15 pm

That looks perfect jeyashri! This year i'll have amma to help me with the kozhukattais.
I also love your nice red marudhaani.

Sadhana Valentina August 11, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Lovely presentation dear!

Anonymous August 11, 2011 - 5:06 pm

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 🙂

Kaveri August 11, 2011 - 5:13 pm

The recipe comes right in time as the festival season is right ahead..perfectly done kozhakattais

Vimitha Anand August 11, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Perfect one for vinayagar chathurthi. Love these. Urs look so perfect

GEETHA ACHAL August 11, 2011 - 5:29 pm

The first two clicks are so cute…The pattu pudavai and jasmine flowers are so nice..

Love the design in your hand…

Thanks for sharing …

Nithya August 11, 2011 - 6:09 pm

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 🙂

Reshmi Mahesh August 11, 2011 - 7:18 pm

This recipe brings in the festive mood…perfect presentation too…love this anytime..

Pavithra August 11, 2011 - 10:12 pm

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 🙁

Krithi's Kitchen August 12, 2011 - 12:53 am

Thanks for the step-by-step pics… lovely modaks….

divya August 12, 2011 - 2:22 am

looks fab ….loved it …

Uma August 12, 2011 - 2:08 pm

very much divine and authentic with pattu saree and jasmine. Very pleasent to see it.


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Shabitha Karthikeyan August 13, 2011 - 4:30 am

Kozhukattai looks so perfect. Very well presented!!!

Sudha Sabarish August 13, 2011 - 7:34 am

Just awesome.No words to explain.

Deepti August 15, 2011 - 5:29 am

lovely modakams…Nice presentation too


Roshan August 15, 2011 - 10:29 am

the kozhukattais look perfect…nice presentation with the jasmine flowers around…

Treat and Trick August 15, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Beautifully presented and looks awesome!

Nisha August 16, 2011 - 5:28 am

Lovely post , loved the first pic.

Sowmya August 31, 2011 - 1:36 am

Lovely..makes me drool..:)

sribala July 19, 2012 - 9:49 am

tks…means a lot a beginner..excellent step by step pics

Gulti Iyer Mami September 18, 2012 - 4:03 am

Thanks.. Most of the the time I end up making more than required. This proportion is just ideal for small families like us.

Geetha August 25, 2013 - 3:14 am

Imade these today for sankatahara chathurthi. Came out perfectly. Thanks for the step by step recipe.

Geetha August 25, 2013 - 3:15 am

Made these for sankatahara chathurthi. Came out perfectly. Thanks for the step by step recipe.

Sheetal Palaniappan September 9, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lovely yummy pictures going to try out today . Thanks for the post

Aparna Krishnamurthy September 9, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Hi,I made this today but the outer layer is hard …what to do…

jeyashri suresh September 11, 2013 - 6:21 am

Hi aparna,
The reason may be u might have steamed it for more time.

Mind Chow Speaks August 28, 2014 - 11:43 am

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 !

Gayathri Raja September 16, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Could you please tell me the alternative to steaming.. i have pressure cooker but don't have idly tattu… please help….

Regards, Gayathri

jeyashri suresh September 17, 2015 - 1:50 am

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.

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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