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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gothambu Kozhukatta (with Sweet Chick Peas filling) | Steamed Stuffed Wheat Flour Balls (Step by Step Pics)

Kozhukattas/modak as many know are steamed rice dumplings with coconut and jaggery/sugar mix.I have already posted a recipe of the traditional kozhukatta sometime back.These are very healthy snack or breakfast recipe as its oil free and makes perfect for kids.Similarly,I gave a try to Gothambu Kozhukatta (steamed wheat flour balls).These kozhukattas unlike the rice kozhukatta are more filling and takes time to digest.And so I made a thin layer of cover to make it tastier.You can make the traditional round balls but try making the cover very thin(though a bit time consuming) so that it gets cooked faster and is tastier that way.

Coming to the filling,there is something unique.After I made the sharkara upperi(varetti),I had a little left over jaggery powder with spice mix(sharkara podi) after everyone munched the sharkara varetti.I happened to use that left over powder along with the remaining ingredients in the filling and got a way to finish too,when I first made it couple of months back.But to my surprise,the spice powders really added nice flavor and taste to the filling.The second time I made them,took a specific measurement of the spices and made so that I could preserve the recipe.So,finally here it is- am sure kids would love it and you will be happy to sneak in the protein packed chick peas too.Do give this a try for a after school snack !!

to make cover 
whole wheat flour 2 cups
salt to taste
water 1 cup

to make sweet filling
cooked chick peas 1 cup
grated coconut 1/2 cup
jaggery 1/2 cup
water 1/4 cup
dry ginger powder 1/2 tsp
cumin powder 1/4 tsp
cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

  • TO MAKE SWEET FILLING-Soak and cook the chick peas in pressure cooker with salt until done.Drain all water from the cooked chick peas.Pat dry and add to the blender.Pulse it 3-4 times until its coarsely ground.Heat a pan and add water.add jaggery.Let the jaggery melt and then strain the impurities.
pic from lt to rt-1.cooked chick peas 2.coarsely ground chick peas 3.grated jaggery to melt 4.adding chickpeas and grated coconut to melted jaggery 5.adding spice powders and filling ready.

TO MAKE  KOZHUKATTA-Sift the flour with salt in a bowl.Add water to the flour and knead to a smooth dough like for chapathis/rotis.Pinch out small portions(large gooseberry size) and place on a oiled Ziploc bag or transparent cover or banana leaf.Cover the other half or cover with another leaf and using the heel of the palm,thin out the ball in a disc shape or small pooris.Place the filling in the center and close in a semi circle shape to stick all ends.Using a fork mark shapes on the sides to get a neater look or use hand pie molds.Though I made a few as regular balls as we do for kozhukattas but kids liked the other one more than this as in the semicircle shapes,the covering gets nicely thinned out compared to ball shapes.

  • Place the steamer on heat,add adequate water and place the kozhukattas.Steam for 7-8 mins or until it becomes darker in color and is cooked.
  • Serve warm just like that for breakfast or after school snack.

* You can use the same filling and make rice kozhukattas too,the same way as we make traditional ones or vice versa.Use the gothambu kozhukatta cover and add a plain coconut-jaggery filling too.

* Soak and cook a little extra chickpeas to make this snack when you make chole masala
* You can use banana leaves or parchment paper instead of ziploc bags.

Traditional Kozhukatta

Ammini Kozhukatta
Chick Pea Dip
Chick pea-Avocado Salad
Crispy Baked Chickpeas  
Achari Chana Pulao
Kappa Meen Kozhukatta


great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect healthy snack.. Pass me the plate

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

kolukattai looks delicious.Its really healthy

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the chickpeas filling...

Vandana Dilip said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy recipe!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

A healthy and feeling nostalgic..... :)

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

I had made adaas with coconut filling with aatta sometime back and the kids loved it... this version of kozhukatta looks so yum...

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

Very healthy variation.

The Yogi Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

These really grabbed my attention; so unusual! I never steamed wheat before, but seriously thinking of trying this! Thanks :)

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so delicious and tempting.. nice clicks..

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

kids will love these

sujitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy way to feed kids..

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and delicious snack .. Loved the filling..

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips


Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

nice snack Julie.. will try

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy the filling recipe!

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy kolukkattai

Anusha said... Best Blogger Tips

A wonderful way of having kozhukattai with that chickpea filling. Looks very inviting Julie

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never tried kozhukattai with wheat flour, they look soft and delicious..

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm amazed because the cover is very similar to something we make here, salty and sweet. Good recipe!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very healthy! How much grated coconut should be added ?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Unknownsorry, I missed typing .. half cup is good enough. I have now updated in the recipe too. Thanks.