sesame seeds modak
Clean 1 cup sesame seeds and dry roast on a low to medium flame until they smell aromatic.
Cool and add them to a blender jar.
Make a fine powder.
Add grated jaggery, cardamom powder and blend well.
Make balls out of this mixture
Make 12 equal sized balls.
Bring one cup water to a rolling boil with little ghee and salt to taste.
Turn off and add 1 cup rice flour to it.
Mix well with a spoon. The mixture will be crumbly. Cover it and leave until the temperature comes down.
When the rice dough mixture is still slightly hot. Knead it well to a smooth ball.
Divide the dough to 11 equal portions and roll to balls. Cover the dough with a moist cloth.
Take a ball and make a dent in the center. Begin to spread it evenly to make a round puri.
Join 4 sides of the puri excluding the corners. Dip fingers in water and press gently in the center.
Now join the corners as well. Stick again.
Gently pull the excess dough on top to shape like a modakam.
For varalakshmi puja or gauri puja on the day before ganesh chaturthi, some women make these in the shape of kadubu.
First grease the mould. Place a rice flour ball inside and spread it evenly across the mould. Place the stuffing and press. Seal it with little more dough. Gently remove it.
Lastly bring water to a boil in a steamer or pressure cooker. Place the kozhukattai in the steamer basket lined with a moist cloth. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool ellu kozhukattai completely and offer to the Godess Gauri & Ganesha.