Millet Modhakam/Kozhukattai

Cooks in: 40 Minutes Serves: 2 People

Modhakam/Kozhukattai is offered to Lord Ganesha. It is made using rice flour stuffed with various types of fillings. I have replaced rice flour by bajra/kambu. The flour becomes soft and supple by Autolysis . Ragi also works well and I have prepared modhakams many times using this millet.


  • For the outer covering:
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 Cup powdered Jaggery
  • 1/8 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp Ghee


  1. In a 2 ltr Pressure Cooker, add water, oil, salt and cook for a whistle.
  2. Release pressure manually and mix in the bajra flour. Mix till it becomes like wet sand. Keep it covered for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a pan add 2 tsp of water and jaggery powder. Heat till it becomes thick. Add the grated coconut and cardamom powder and a tsp of ghee.
  4. Cook till everything comes together like a ball.
  5. Switch off heat and let it cool.
  6. After 20 minutes, open the pressure cooker and gently knead the dough by greasing the fingers.
  7. Divide in small gooseberry size balls.
  8. Make 'choppu' and fill it with the coconut stuffing and cover by giving a good shape.
  9. Steam the modhakams/Kozhukattais for 5 minutes.
  10. Let it cool for 10 minutes and serve.

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