Inippu Aval Kozhakattai – Sweet riceflakes dumpling

aval kozhakattai

What makes you celebrate a festival?

Moving countries often has provided us with reasons to look beyond the religious constraints of festivals. It has allowed us to incorporate a bit of every culture we have been with. To celebrate the joys in each situation.

Why do we celebrate festivals?

Man has been a social animal all through evolution. Being in a society is what gives security and comfort. Upon being a part of society, gives us reason to be happy during gatherings and this togetherness is the basis of most celebrations. This is why we celebrate festivals. The celebration brings people together. It brings families closer and happier. It creates opportunities to mingle and form new bonds. All said and done it breaks the feeling of loneliness and brings forth a whole group of people to share and care for.
This is the same reason why religions across the world call in for gatherings during the festival.
To us, this means that we celebrate Christmas with the same happiness as Navrathri. We celebrate the Pongal festival the Tamil way and Onam the Kerala way. We celebrate Ramadan with our Malaysian friends as much as we do a Diwali gathering with Indian friends. All these puts together have given our children an openness to look beyond and see the human in the picture. We hope this will be us forever. This gives us an opportunity to look at festivals differently and create new traditions. 
aval kozhakattai

Inippu Aval Kozhakattai

Steamed sweet rice flakes dumpling made from gluten free rice flakes and jaggery is a delicious guilt free naivedyam or dessert.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine gluten free, Indian, South indian, zero oil
Servings 12 kozhkattais


  • 1 cup rice flakes (I have used the red variety poha/ aval)
  • 1/2 cup jaggery ( I prefer to use coconut Jaggery for a fragrant aroma)
  • 1.5 cups drinking water
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut (Freshly grated)


  • Soak the jaggery in the water and leave it aside for half an hour
  • The jaggery will dissolve and the jaggery water will be ready to use. Strain this and set aside
  • Pulse the rice flakes till a coarse powder
  • Into a deep heavy bottom pan add the jaggery syrup and bring it to a boil.
  • When it is boiling well add the coconut and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • Now, add the powdered rice flakes a little at a time and stir.
  • Keep mixing this mixture till it gets really thick, the water evaporates and the jaggery is blended well with the poha powder.
  • Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Lightly oil your hands and shape the mixture into conical shaped dumplings
  • Prepare the steamer with water and place the dumplings on the steamer plate.
  • Steam for 10 minutes, wait for another 10 minutes and the dessert is ready to have.
Keyword Indian desserts, steamer recipe
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Inippu aval kozhkattatai

Sweet aval kozhakattai are perfect naivedyams for Ganesha Chaturthi and Srikrishna Jayanthi.  I like to make them shaped as modaks during Ganesha Chaturthi and as small balls during Jamashtami. They certainly occupy the aval based platter I make as an offering during the Krishna Jayanthi celebrations.  Made with basic rice flakes, jaggery and coconut that you find in most South Indian pantries, the recipe is easy. Compared to other Indian Mithais, the inippu ( sweet) aval kozhkattai tastes amazing.

If you are looking for more kozhkattai recipes we have a couple more.

Try the sweet no cook flavour of apricot almond modak or savory notes of  Quinoa pidi kozhkattai or the Upma kozhkattai.Both are perfect for naivedyam, meal prep and wholesome with some chutney for dinner. Do let us know how you like the posts on this blog. Leave us a note in the comments, subscribe to our posts or tag us #mildlyindian when you make this inippu aval kozhkattai recipe.

Wish you all a great festival season.

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Bless my food by Payal
2 years ago
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I am just blown by the simplicity of the recipe. With just handful of Ingredients using no ghee and deep frying, this is hard to believe that such a delicious dessert can be made. Thank you so much for sharing.

2 years ago
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It is a delight to know so many variations of modak. Inippu Aval Kozhakattai indeed seems an easy to prepare naivedyam though some skill is required to shape it. Will give it a try. It is healthy and wholesome too.

Avin Kohli
2 years ago
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Such a simple recipe but looks interesting. Once my husband had something similar at a fare and I am sure he would love this recipe too. Lovely share!

Lata Lala
2 years ago
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Look at this fabulous sweet rice flakes dumpling made by you. This proves that few simple ingredients too can create magic in your cooking.
Fabulous share.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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An interesting recipe Seema, using red rice flakes. I’ve not had the opportunity to use red flakes but this Inippu Aval Kozhakattai is a good way to include the healthy grain in one’s diet. Love the flavour of jaggery and coconut mixed together.

Hayley Dhanecha
2 years ago

So amazed to see that how our Indian desserts/mithais are made using very simple and easy to find ingredients yet yeilds wonderful tastes. These dumplings are so good!

Uma Srinivas
2 years ago
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Inippu Aval Kozhakattai looks delcious and perfect to celebrate festivals. I love gluten-free and jaggery-based desserts.

2 years ago
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Such an interesting and easy to make kozhukattai these are. Thanks for the detailed recipe, would love to try these soon.

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