Friday, August 12, 2011

Uppu Kozhukattai recipe-How to make Uppu Kozhukattai

Vinayagar Chaturthi is on 1 st of September this year. It is is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Traditionally we make Sweet Kozhukattai (Modakam), Uppu Kozhukattai (Savory version) and mani Kozhukattai for Ganesh Chaturthi.Today let us learn how to prepare Uppu Kozhukattai by following this easy Kozhukattai recipe.

Uppu KozhukattaiUppu Kozhukattai / Kara Kozhukattai

Ingredients needed for dough

Rice flour -1 cup (prepare it as mentioned it in my vella kolukattai recipe)
Water –(approx)- 1 - 1 ¼ cup (The quantity of water depends on the quality of rice but you definitely need 1 cup of water)
Salt - a pinch
Sesame seed oil – 1 tsp

Note -
(Do not use ordinary rice flour - prepare it as I have mentioned it in my sweet Kozhukattai recipe or buy rice flour specially sold for the purpose of making Kozhukattai.)

Uppu Kozhukattai recipeMethod

  • Boil water with a pinch of salt and a tsp of oil,when it starts boiling, simmer and add the rice flour stirring continuously so that it does not form lumps.
  • Cook for 2 -3 minutes and switch off the flame. Since we are going to steam the Kozhukattai, you do not have to cook fully.
  • Grease your hands with oil and knead the dough well when it is warm. Keep it covered with a damp cloth for 10 minutes.
Meantime we will prepare the Stuffing for the Uppu Kozhukattai

Ingredients needed for the stuffing

Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 4
Hing/asafoedida - a pinch
Salt as required


  • Soak urad dal for 1 hour. Drain the water and grind it with chilli, hing and salt coarsely.
  • Steam it in an idly pan for 10-15 minutes.
  • After it cools, crumble it well. You can use the mixie for this-just whip it for a second.
  • Heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when mustard splutters, add curry leaves and the steamed crumbled dal. Mix it well. Remove from flame.
Our stuffing for Uppu Kozhukattai is ready now.

Method to make

  • Now take the rice flour dough and make small lemon sized balls .Grease your palms with oil, keep the ball and flatten it into round shape or a mini cup with the other hand. You can dip your fingers in water + oil mix, if needed to make it easier.
  • Place a heaped tsp of stuffing and seal the edges. (See the picture)
  • Repeat the process for the rest of the dough and stuffing.
  • Arrange all the prepared Kozhukattais on a greased idli plate and steam cook for 10-15 minutes or till done. Wait for 10 minutes to cool down and then take it out.
    Delicious Uppu /Savory Kozhukattais are ready.

I have mentioned another method to prepare rice flour dough in my Ammini Kozhukattai recipe. Kindly check it out and follow whichever method is comfortable or easy for you.

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. Kozhukattai is my favourite all time snack:) This looks yummy:)

  2. hi padhu, first visit to your is lovely..thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment... following you...

  3. Looks perfectly done.. nice clicks..

  4. Sounds intriguing. We make kozhukattai but with a sweet coconut filling. Wish I could taste this!

  5. Delicious Kozhukatai's!!!! As u said, the trick lies in the Rice flour we make!!!! Enjoyed them to heart content yday for varalakshmi vratham!!!! Waiting for Ganesh Chathurthi to make them again!!!!!

  6. Yummy Kozhukattais....Love the Ulundu filling...

  7. Yummy looking kozhukattais. Never tried it. will give it a go soon

  8. Love this savoury version of kozhukattais, havent prepared since a long..lovely filling..

  9. These look so yummy, and I like that they are vegetarian :-).


  10. Thats a totally new recipe for the savory way of preparation....Will try out for Vinayaka Chathurthi

  11. Delicious this version.

  12. Perfectly made!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  13. i luv this mom makes them so well...i tried once nd luckily the shape came out well....but the ones in the pics are awesome!!!

  14. All dishes are tooooo yummy....
    plz post step by step pics for more clarityy

    it helps a lot for beginners like me ;) :P

  15. Hi Padhu,
    I was wondering why you mentioned 'Note -(Do not use ordinary rice flour - prepare it as I have mentioned it in my sweet Kozhukattai recipe or buy rice flour specially sold for the purpose of making Kozhukattai.)'
    What is special about the rice flour for making Kozhukattai.

  16. If you make kozhukattai with ordinary rice flour, the kozhukattai cover will be very hard.You have to soak rice ,dry it and powder it in flour mill as I have mentioned in detail in my Vella Kozhukattai recipe.Now a days during Vinayagar chaturthi, some local companies sell kozhukattai rice flour also known as kozhukattai mavu to make things easier for us.


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