For Vinayaka Chaturthi this year I was planing to make something new apart from the usual dishes. Since about four days I have been asking what I should make. Amma replied that she has to really check what other things she can make. While Athamma said she normally makes the regular dishes on this day.
But things will have it, till the last moment I never got around checking on news. I had a clipping that elaborates on different Ganesh Chaturthi dishes. Every year I take that paper with hopes of trying from it but again return it back. This year on the day of festival I took out and saw it had fried Modek. I really tempted to make them.
Sometime back a colleague had got something that looked very much like a Pidi Kolukattai but I guess she called it differently. Having enjoyed quite a few over lunch I was keen on trying it at home. So had got the procedure to make it myself. But I never got around doing it. When I checked it called for rice being soaked overnight. Well thinking I can have a work around on it, knowing that Amma had ground fresh Rice Flour for the Modakam or Streamed Modeks, I thought of making it with approximately.
Surprise was seeing that Amma was making a sweet pidi kolukattai, which will come next.
Pidi Kozhukattai | Pidi Kolukattai Recipe - Salt
Rice Flour - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Water as required
Mustard, Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 5 -6
Red Chili, long - 3-4
Oil - 2 tsp
Idli Streamer for streaming
Method to prepare:
Make Rice Flour and keep it ready
Take the measured quantity and add water, mix to get a lump less loose batter. It can be really thin batter too. Add Salt.
Heat a non stick pan, add oil, then mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and broken red chilies. When the mustard starts crackling, pour the rice batter and whisk quickly.
Cook in low flame, while you keep stirring well. This takes about 5 - 7 mins. When it is well cooked it comes together as a thick mass.
Allow it to cool, when it still lukewarm knead the dough again. If required add 1 tsp of oil again.
Get the streamer ready, the grease the plates.
Remove the chilies, take a fist full of dough and press between your palm. You will see the shape of your fingers on the kolukattai.
This is really a fun thing to get your kid involved.
When you are done with all of them, place them on the plate and steam for 10 - 15 mins.
Remove when done.
Have a great week ahead, will be back with other recipes.