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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ellu-kozhukattai-recipe in tamil
Ellu kozhukattai recipe (semsame stuffed kozhukattai) is one we make every year for Vinayagar Chaturthi/ Ganesh chaturthi. Actually we make ellu urundai and for the sake of offering 3 varieties of kozhukattai for Pillayar, we prepare few kozhukattai with the same ellu urundai stuffed inside the kozhukattai. As a kid I used to like only Ulundu kozhukatai, and never touch vella kozhukattai with channa dal poornam, I just give the sweet stuffing to someone and eat the outer layer alone ;) . But now, I love to have both. Ellu kozhukattai I just taste, but never used to eat lot as we our-self make very few.


But after coming here to Singapore and started celebrating pillayar chathurthi, I haven't tried this ellu kozhukattai, but wanted to try this year and blog it so that I will remember and refer the recipe. This year we have no celebrations as somebody passed away, so I made these just for blogging sake. Though my mom makes in a slightly different method, its more or less same. I made just to stuff the sesame inside instead making it as ellu urundai.

Check this video for how to shape a mothakam

Ellu kozhukattai recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time: 30 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Makes: 12


Rice flour (Ready made idiyappam flour) - 1/2 cup

Sesame oil - 1 tsp

Water - As needed

Salt - As needed

For stuffing

Sesame seeds (I used black) - 1/2 cup

Jaggery, powdered - 3/4 cup

Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

Elachi - 1


  1. For the stuffing, wash the sesame seeds well for 3 to 4 times in lots of water. You have to remove all the impurities and spread it over a clean kitchen cloth. Let it be for 15 mins.
  2. 1-ellu-kozhukattai
  3. Mean while, for the dough, bring water to boil with a tsp of sesame oil and let it boil for a minute. Add it to the flour with salt and mix well. Use a spatula for mixing. You may need lots of water. So make sure you boil enough.
  4. 5-ellu-kozhu
  5. After it becomes warm, knead to a smooth dough and keep covered. You can make equal sized balls and keep covered.
  6. 6-ellu-kozhukattai
  7. By now the sesame seeds will be dry and roast it well until it pops. Add jaggery and coconut to it and mix in low flame. As an optional step, you can grind the sesame seeds coarsely and proceed with the pooranam making. 
  8. 2-ellu-kozhukattai
  9. Continue heating in medium flame until the jaggery melts and completely mixes. When it starts leaving the sides, pour and cool down in a plate.
  10. 3-ellu-kozhukattai
  11. When it is still warm, make equal sized balls.
  12. 4-ellu-kozhukattai
  13. Make small cups and stuff the sesame inside. You can refer the VIDEO for help.
  14. 7-ellu-kozhukattai
  15. Steam it for 8 to 10 minutes. (water should boil before you place the kozhukattai inside the steamer).
  16. 8-ellu-kozhukattai


  • You can use white sesame seeds as well.
  • Roasting the sesame well until it pops is must.
  • Grinding the sesame is purely optional but it will be good in mouth than whole sesame seeds. 
  • To get the outer layer soft, its important to boil water well for making the dough. Dough should be almost cooked with the hot water so that you get non sticky pliable dough.
  • If the dough is not cooked well, you may not be able to make the cups properly and will break while making.
  • To check if the kozhukattais are done, it will be shiny and changed in colour.
  • Do not over cook , it may give you broken kozhukattais.
  • If you mix the stufiing in high flame or for more time than needed, then it may turn hard or brittle.   
  • Restrict to one or two alone as it will be heavy.

Sesame stuffed kozhukattai / ellu kozhukattai is ready, enjoy hot!

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  1. wow ! esp the last picture is tempting ! i have never tasted ellu kozhukattai ! tasted only puranam !

  2. wow super! it looks delicious! :)

  3. As usual very beautiful... Very nice kozhukkattai!!!


  4. wow.. Nice entry.. my method is little different. coarse the sesame little & same method like you.Will try your method next time..

    1. Yes thats the way my mom does too...

  5. love these modakams...looks yumm

  6. yummy kozhukattai... looks fabulous...

  7. Though we make ellu urndais never made modaks with that. Looks yum and pretty clicks

  8. yummy fab looking kozhukattai

  9. i love ellu poornam with coconut more than the paruppu poornam, beautifully done and presented...inviting pics as always :)

  10. never knew elu urundai stuffing can be made with modak very interesting so nice raks love the last click my stomach is growling looking at it. Very nice.

  11. You makes ot so easy to make. My sis and I talk about your blog almost everyday as when she need a veg recipe she is always comming here and she has made so many dishes from your blog. She was sayig today i always want to comment when she makes your recipe but as she don't have a blogger account she canot, but i told her as she has liked you page she should write on your fb wall. Will see if she will do that :-)

    1. Oh so sweet of you both :) very happy to hear that Finla :)

    2. Did u add oil during dough making ?

    3. I have mentioned in step 2

  12. Awesome looking modak. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi in advance to you.

  13. We grind coarsely the sesame seeds, fantastic kozhukattais Raji.

  14. Very healthy and tempting kozhukattais.. Awesome job :)

  15. looks droolworthy..i am loving it.

  16. Yummy filling,nice recipe..thanks for sharing.

  17. Wounderful pics. Well presented. I love coconut filling inside kozhukattai.

  18. haven't tried with ellu, looks delicious and very tempting :)

  19. Its seems to be too good... TODAY i tried ur easy pepper kuzhambu. It's delicious. I loved it.. it's totally new for us..

    And for ellu urundai my mom use karupatti.. It was so delicious...

    1. Thanks for your feedback :)

  20. Its seems to be too good... TODAY i tried ur easy pepper kuzhambu. It's delicious. I loved it.. it's totally new for us..

    And for ellu urundai my mom use karupatti.. It was so delicious...

  21. Looks very tempting...my fav anytime!

  22. I like it very much today only know how to prepare n a simple way... So sweet for me as I love to eat sweets..


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