KOLKUTTER / PIDI KOZHUKATTAI
This Recipe Makes ± 24 Treats
These treats are usually prepared for prayers in the Hindu custom, namely, Vinayger Chaturthi (Ganesh Chaturthi), Sangatahara Chaturthi, Varalakshmi Vratam (Luxmi Prayers), Mariamman Prayers (Porridge Prayers) & Dead Peoples Prayers.
My mum & late grandmother always prepared these Kolkutters / Pidi Kozhukattais during the prayer time, so I grew up always enjoying these delicious handcrafted goodies. These Kolkutters / Pidi Kozhukattais are very easy to prepare, & even yummy to devour.
Kolkutter / Pidi Kozhukattai Ingredients:
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- ⅓ cup almonds
- 1 ½ cups rice flour
- 1 teaspoon elachi (cardamom) powder
- ¼ cup milk
- 80 grams butter
- ⅓ cup castor sugar
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
- Pinch of salt
- ⅛ cup milk powder (optional)
- ⅛ cup sesame seeds (thill)
- 193 grams condensed milk (½ tin)
- Water as needed for steaming (± 1 cup)
- Ground or finely chop almonds.
- Add rice flour to a bowl.
- Thereafter, add in the elachi (cardamom) powder, nutmeg powder & salt.
- Add in the milk powder. This step is optional, my mum adds it in when she prepares it, as it adds more flavour. I now have the tendency to add it in as well.
- Next, add in the castor sugar. White granulated sugar may be used as an alternative.
- Add in the desiccated coconut.
- Next, add in the sesame seeds (thill).
- Add in the ground or finely chopped almonds.
- Pour in the condensed milk.
- Melt the butter for a few seconds in the microwave.
- Add the melted butter to the mixture.
- Finally, pour in the milk.
- Mix well.
- Mixture should not be too mushy or else the mold won’t hold. If it is too mushy then add in more rice flour.
- Take a small piece of the dough, around a golf ball size.
- Roll it a bit in your hands.
- Make a fist motion, with the dough being under fingers.
- Open hands & the Kolkutter / Pidi Kozhukattai mold is formed.
- Set aside on a plate & continue the same process until all the mixture is used.
- Pour water into a pot – not too much. Preferably a pot with outer edges.
- Bring water to a boil. Alternatively, a steamer may be used for this process.
- Turn off the heat & place a dish towel over the pot. Secure it tightly with pegs on the ends.
- Carefully place the Kolkutter / Pidi Kozhukattai on top of the dish towel & allow it to steam for 10 minutes. Make sure that the Kolkutter / Pidi Kozhukattai does not touch the water – this is why the dish towel needs to be secured tightly.
- After steaming, carefully remove the Kolkutter / Pidi Kozhukattai from the dish towel & place onto a plate.
- Allow to rest for 10 minutes so that they can firm up. Reshape & mold if necessary.
- These Kolkutter’s / Pidi Kozhukattai’s are now ready for devouring or offering for a prayer.
- Do not refrigerate.
- Stays fresh for up to a week.
- These Kolkutter’s / Pidi Kozhukattai’s can also be prepared in conjunction with Roht, another Indian sweet meat & can be used as an offering during a prayer.