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Vella Kozhukattai

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A traditional and must have dish during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Vella Kozhukattai or Mothagam is a popular and traditional Vinayaka Chaturthi sweet made with rice flour, grated coconut and powdered jaggery.

Vella Kozhukattai is a must have dish in all households across Tamil Nadu. In North India, this dish is called Modak.

Vella Kozhukattai

Vella Kozhukattai
5 from 1 vote

Vella Kozhukattai

A traditional and must have dish during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil, Tamil Nadu
Keyword: ganesh chaturthi


  • 250 g Jaggery
  • 250 g Raw Rice
  • 1 Coconut
  • 2 Cardamoms
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • little Salt
  • 1 tsp Ghee


  • Grate the coconut and keep aside.
  • Powder the cardamoms and jaggery, separately, and keep aside.
  • Grind the rice to a smooth flour.
  • Heat some water (1 cup) of water in a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the jaggery and stir well until fully dissolved.
  • Add the coconut and mix well, ensuring it does not stick to the bottom.
  • When it starts to leave the sides of the pan, add the cardamom powder and ghee.
  • Mix well and remove.
  • Gradually pour 3/4 to 1 cup of hot water (adjust as required) to the rice flour and mix well.
  • Sprinkle some salt and mix to a chapati dough consistency.
  • Using greased palms, make small balls of the dough and shape it into small cups.
  • Add some of the filling and fold well.
  • Seal the edges with little water.
  • Steam cook the prepared kozhukattai (mothagam) in a greased idli plate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove and serve.


In some places, rice is soaked, drained and dried before ground to a flour.

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Ranganathan September 17, 2015 - 5:30 am

Very nice narration.
Thanks for posting this.

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subathra March 30, 2011 - 4:10 am

Its really very nice to eat, very deliciues.

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