Ganesha Chathurthi was celebrated two days back with pomp all over India and in some parts the celebrations are still going on. Festivities that celebrate the Birthday of Modak-loving, Elephant Faced Indian God Ganesha or Ganpati end with the immersion of the Ganesh idol and this can take upto 1 week. At homes different types of offerings are made -usually sweet modaks and sometimes savoury as well. This time I preferred savoury modaks or ammini kozhukkattai - riceflour based steamed balls whick are then tempered to the taste. These are speciailities of Tamil Nadu though popular in all Southern states in India and they turned out perfect as an offering snack. I have adapted the recipe from Sailus Kitchen and its given below.
Rice Flour: 1/2 cup
Hot water: 1cup +
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Ghee/oil: 1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut: few tbsp
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Channa dal: 1.5 tsp
Urad Dal: 1 tsp
Green Chillies: 1-2 slit
Red Chillies: 1-2 chopped into pieces
Hing/Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves: few or 1 sprig
Mix salt rice flour together and add in ghee/oil. Add in hot water and knead the flour to get a smooth dough. You can first boil water with salt and ghee/oil and add in the rice flour and stir in to get a lump free dough.
Whatever the method you use the dough should be smooth and lump free and let it sit for sometime so that it becomes easy to handle.
With greased hands pinch off small pieces from the dough and place in a greased steamer/ idly plates.
Place these plates in a steamer or pressure cooker and steam for 10-15 minutes (without weight if using cooker) until the balls are cooked and turn little light. Remove from heat and keep aside .
In a pan, Heat oil for tempering and add in the mustard. When it splutters, add in cumin and the dals. Once the dals brown and the cumin sizzles, add in the red and green chillies, curry leaves and hing. Once the hing toasts and curryleaves sizzles add in the grated coconut followed by steamed rice balls. Mix well and take it off heat.
Serve in bowls as a breakfast or snack etc based on your choice.
Simple easy to make and savoury snack. You can make it along with sweet modaks and offer it during your pooja.