Ammani or Mani Kozhukattai is the last of the recipes I prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi, This was part of the third neivedyams, I had made Fried Modak, coconut jaggary Kozhukattai and Mani Kozhukattai. Typically Mani Kozhukattai is made with the excess rice flour dough you have and the excess Ulundu filling. Though I made it specially for prasadam, one can make this as an evening snack for kids if your kids happen to enjoy this.
My kids didn't touch any of the prasadams. As I said they don't like sweet dishes much. Konda eats Coconut Jaggary Kozhukattai, and most times remembers her text book lesson in Tamil she had couple of years back. In the story, the kid loves Kozhukattai and said the kozhukattais would melt in the mouth types. So ever since she read that lesson, she was all eager to taste it. When Konda ate it for the first time, she was disappointed that the Kozhukattais were not melting.
Coming back to the recipe, when you make it, be sure to increase the chili else it might tend to be bland when compared to Ulundu Kozhukattai.
Step By Step Picture Recipe for Mani Kozhukattai
For the outer Rice flour dough, make as I showed in the Fried Modak
For the Urad Dal filling.
Urad Dal / Ulundhu - 1 cup
Green Chilies - 2 -3 medium
Red Chili - 2
Curry leaves few
Hing / Asafetida a pinch
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp
Grated Coconut for garnish - 2 tsp
For the Mani Kozhukattai,
Make the Rice flour dough and pinch out small dough and roll as a ball.
Steam for 10 - 15 mins. Allow to cool. When it's still hot it will not hold it's shape, once it's cooled it will retain it's ball shape, so don't handle it before.
How to make Mani (Ammani Kozhukattai):
Soak Urad dal for 2 hrs. Drain and grind along with green chilies, red chilies, salt, hing, curry leaves to a coarse mix
Once ground, make flat discs and steam for 10 mins. Grate to a fine powder.
Heat a non stick pan with 1 tsp oil. Add mustard, Urad dal, curry leaves, red chilies and fry,
Then add the grated Urad dal filling. add turmeric powder.
Once done, add the steamed mani kozhukattai, mix well. Finally garnish with grated coconut and offer as prasadam.
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