Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mani Kozhukattai With Polenta

Kozhukattai is a steamed cakes made with rice flour generally.  Mani kozhukattai are made in tiny pearl shapes, and in Tamil( South Indian Language)  pearls are referred as Mani - hence the name Mani Kozhukattai.  The recipe which I have given here isn't made with rice flour.  I used polenta to make these kozhukattai, the recipe by itself is very simple to make except the time to make these tiny pearls.  We enjoyed these little spicy pearls as breakfast, you can also have this as a snack.
 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Polenta- 1 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp

For Spice Mix:
Urad dhal- 2 tbsp
Dried red chillies- 2
Chana dhal- 1/2 tbsp
Curry leaves- 5 leaves

For Seasoning:
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Urad dhal- 1 tsp
Dried red chilly- 2
Green chilly- 1 ( optional)
Curry leaves- 6 leaves or 1 stalk
Fresh grated coconut- 1/2 tbsp
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
Boil  1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan along with salt.  When the water comes to boil, reduce the heat to medium, slowly add the polenta stirring continuously without any lumps.  Stir until it forms like lump.  Take it off from heat, let it cool down for 2 to 3 minutes.
Grease your palms with ghee or oil.  Make tiny pearl shape balls using the polenta mixture.  Place the tiny pearlshape balls in a steamer or idli plates and steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile make the spice mixture, start roasting the urad dhal, dried red chilly, chana dhal and curry leaves in a dry pan.  Once the urad dhal colour changes to light brown in colour, take it off from heat and powder it in a blender without adding any water.
Next season the kozhukattai's:
  Heat the oil in a kadai or pan, add the mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering add the urad dhal, curry leaves, dried chilly , coconut and green chilly.  When the coconut and urad dhal colour changes, add the spice powder and mix well.  Keep the heat in low add the kozhukattai's and gently stir to coat with all the spices.  Add salt to taste.   Serve warm as a breakfast or snack.

Tips:
If you think making the tiny pearl shapes take too much time you can spread the polenta mixture in a square pan, cut them into tiny cubes.  Then steam the cubes and follow the same procedure as above.




39 comments:

Lauren @ Spiced Plate said...

that phoeograph looks like a cover of a cookbook that i'd love to read -- what a fun recipe w/ one of my favorite ingredients -- polenta rocks!

Noor said...

Salams sis this looks good almost like hushpuppies :)

? said...

Very innovative and looks delicious!

Biny Anoop said...

i like the savoury version of kozhukattai....we make it sweet but this ones a must try

Sonia said...

wow....very nice and different recipe. I haven't tasted it ever...but am sure wud love it !

divya said...

Wow simply superb.. Can I have some?:)

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Mani kozhukattai looks so awesome... Very delicious...!

http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com

girlichef said...

Oh, they sound delicious...and they're totally irresistible...too cute ;)

Mina Joshi said...

The Mani Kozhukattai made with polenta looks delicious. As usual, your photographs are brilliant!

Foodie Ann said...

A nice recipe...Loved the preparation....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

This looks very tasty dish with the seasoning. Nice snacks.
In fact it's breakfast time here and thank god I could visit your page (my service provider was not working for 2 days :-( )

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

yummychunklet said...

This looks like an interesting recipe that I must try! Yum!

cook from doha said...

never tried anything with polenta.....but seeing ur recipes i think my next grocery list should include this............

Plateful said...

We make kozhukottai with sweet coconut filling. Your savory version looks perfect and delicious. Photographs are lovely, again!

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks different and a delicious treat...

Smitha said...

I like this recipe...love that u made it with cornmeal....i think its a great appetizer
Smitha
http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com

savitha ramesh said...

lovely looking cutie pies.thanks for sharing

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks fantastic. Very interesting using Polenta.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow....
looks healthy and delicious dear :)

Claudia said...

I've never eat Indian food but this pearls look so good...and the photo is wonderful! It makes me hungry!

Prathima Rao said...

Very innovative & a delicious version of kozhukattai...
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice one dear

Paaka Shaale said...

These look super cute. I like way you've used polenta in the recipe.

G.Pavani said...

new n delicious recipe...

The Foodie said...

Very lovely.. innovatively made with polenta..a keeper recipe.

Reva said...

lovely, lovely, lovely....
Reva

Archana said...

Lovely pictures cook book cover like. I love this idea especially the cutting in cubes idea. Will try this.

Jaisy James said...

wow looks so delicious

Deeksha said...

looks yummie...

S.Menaga said...

சூப்பரா இருக்கு..

Jaleela Kamal said...

ரொம்ப அருமை.
பார்க்கவே நல்ல இருக்கு

http://samaiyalattakaasam.blogspot.com

Priya said...

Even this dumplings are time consuming i dont bother to make them,they looks soo cute..

Suja Sugathan said...

New to me, dumplings looks awesome..nice recipe dear.

schmetterlingwords said...

Kozhukattais look very pretty... Am yet to buy polenta and when I buy, I'll surely try all your recipes with polenta.. :-)

Sanjeeta kk said...

This will surely make a lovely snack. A treasured recipe to keep.

Ambreen said...

Looking so gorgeous. Yummy! I could enjoy a plateful :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, wow, wow, they look soooooooooooooo tempting and amazing.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

this is super new for me, how gorgeous they look!

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