Channa dal poornam kozhukattai

Tomorrow is Vinayagar Chaturthi and I thought this is the right time to post this tasty kozhukattai/ Modak recipe. This kozhukattai poornam is made with very less ingredients and was so yummy and we even had it as such !!

Ingredients ( Makes 8 to 10)

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 25 mins
  • Rice flour / Idiyappam flour – 3/4 cup
  • Channa dal – 1/4 cup
  • Jaggery – 75 gms
  • Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom / Elachi powder – a pinch
  • Water – 2 tbsp
  • Sesame oil – as needed


  • Soak the channa dal for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Pressure cook them in 1.5 to 2 cups water for 5 whistles.
  • Wait for the pressure to settle and mash them well.
  • In a bowl, take the rice flour and add salt, hot water. Mix to form a soft dough with little oil.
  • Let it rest for sometime. Meanwhile prepare the stuffing.
  • In a pan, add water, jaggery powder and mix well in medium flame.
  • Add coconut and cardamom powder.
  • Add mashed channa dal and mix for 8 to 10 minutes until the poornam thickens.
  • Now take the prepared rice flour dough, and make small balls out of it.
  • Grease your hands with oil and press the balls flat and make the edges thin.
  • Place 2 tbsp of the the stuffing / poornam prepared in the centre.
  • Now press the edges against each other to make the kozhukattai.
  • Repeat the steps to prepare all the kozhukattais.
  • Grease idli / idiyappam plates with oil and steam the kozhukattais for 7 to 8 mins.
  • The sweet channa dal poornam kozhukattais are ready.

Key points

  • To prepare the home made rice flour, check the link here.

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