Kozhukattais or Kadubu (in Kannada) or Modhaks (in Marathi) are rice flour wraps stuffed with a variety of fillings – they are steamed or there are other deep fried varieties and offered as prasadam to Lord Ganesha. I prepared a few kozhukattais to post the pictures before the festival which starts tomorrow – 15th of September.
Instead of steaming in the cooker, I steamed them in my tupperware microwave safe container for just 3 minutes!
Four different kinds of Poornam (fillings) can be made. For all the kozhukattai recipes click here. I prepared sweet kozhukattais. Maharashtrains prepare a similar Modhak called Ukadiche Modhak that also has nuts and dry fruits like cashew and raisins and flavorings like khus khus or saffron.
How to steam kozhukattais in the Microwave?
1. Take two microwave safe containers. First container should be bigger and the second should be perforated (with holes in the bottom) and smaller. The second perforarted container should sit inside the first in such a way that the bottom of the second container is a few centimeters above the bottom of the first container. Refer to the first photograph above to get an idea.
2 . Fill the first container with water and put the second container inside it. Place Kozhukkattais in the second container. Make sure that the kozhukattais are not touching or submerged in the water.
3. Cover and microwave on high (for a 900 watts oven) for 3 minutes. Let kozhukattais sit in the container for a couple of minutes before taking them out.
Note: Over steaming can result in broken kozhukattais. Initially I set the microwave on high for 5 minutes but then in 3 minutes the kitchen was filled with the smell of jaggery – the filling I made. I switched it off and let it sit in the steam for a couple of minutes. Timings may vary depending on oven power – I use a 900 watts oven.