Kozhukkatta (Sweet rice & coconut dumpling)

This sweet ball filled with jaggery and coconut is a special preparation by the Christians in Kerala on the Saturday prior to Palm Sunday and this day is called as Kozhukatta Perunal. It is a very yummy and sweet recipe which can be easily prepared in no time. 

Ingredients 

Rice Powder - 2 cup
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup (depends on how much sweetness you require) 
Roasted Rice Power - 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder (Elaka) - 1 tsp
Dry Ginger (Chukku) - 1 tsp
Salt to taste 

Preparation
  1. Melt the Jaggery adding enough water and strain to remove any impurities 
  2. Reheat the jaggery and add coconut, keep stirring until it turns thick consistency
  3. Remove from the fire, add roasted rice powder, cardamom powder and dry ginger powder. Mix it well and keep aside. 
  4. Boil the water in a a pan with salt. 
  5. Remove from the fire and add rice flour, stirring continously and make dough. 
  6. Make lemon sized balls out of the dough. 
  7. Using your thumb and forefingers, flatten the edges first and gradually shape it like a cup. 
  8. Keep a little coconut filling inside and fold it to seal well. Repeat until all dough is used. 
  9. Steam cook it till done. 
  10. Kozhukkatta is ready to enjoy.

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