Inippu Aval Kozhakattai – Sweet riceflakes dumpling

poha 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 of Navrathri. We celebrate 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 put together have given our children an openness to look beyond and see the human in the picture. We hope this will be us for ever.
aval modak

To this recipe

This Ganesh Chaturthi festival we have a decorated foodie god. The mythological love of this God for kozhkattais creates this handcrafted teardrop-shaped or spherical dumplings. Stuffed or shaped these steamed dumplings are the most popular during this season.

Here is one very popular as a breakfast

Rice upma kozhkattai

And here is the modified one with quinoa
The traditional modaks are a labour of love. The time crunch on a full working day with little Ganesha at home is the one that calls to resort to quick recipes. There is nothing quicker than aval( beaten rice flakes ) to cook.
I love to use coconut jaggery in this recipe for sweetness as it brings out festive aroma while steaming.
So here we are with low oil, gluten-free, aval kozhkattais for Vinayagar Chaturthi.
What are your shares during this festival? Do share the ideas with us in the comments below.
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Sweet riceflakes dumpling
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Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
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  1. Soak the jaggery in the water and leave it aside for half an hour
  2. The jaggery will dissolve and the jaggery water will be ready to use. Strain this and set aside
  3. Pulse the rice flakes till a coarse powder
  4. Into a deep heavy bottom pan add the jaggery syrup and bring it to a boil.
  5. When it is boiling well add the coconut and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  6. Now, add the powdered rice flakes a little at a time and stir.
  7. Keep mixing this mixture till it gets really thick, the water evaporates and the jaggery is blended well with the poha powder.
  8. Set aside to cool slightly.
  9. Lightly oil your hands and shape the mixture into conical shaped dumplings
  10. Prepare the steamer with water and place the dumplings on the steamer plate.
  11. Steam for 10 minutes, wait for another 10 minutes and the dessert is ready to have.
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