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Salty Pidi Kozhakattai

Pidi_Kozhakattai_salty_1 The word Kozhakattai reminds us about Ganesh Chaturthy. Apart from Ganesh Puja, in south India Kozhakattais are also prepared for Varalakshmi puja, Aadi and Thai (Tamil months) during Friday puja. Kozhakattais are of many types. Some are steam cooked like modak and some are fried (as in Maharashtra).

Pidi Kozhakattai can be prepared as salty or sweet in taste. In Tamil Nadu in some Hindu families, this is also offered to god to celebrate the normal growth of the baby when the baby is 4 to 5 months old. Pidi Kozhakattai is easy to prepare and good for school going children as it has less oil and easy to digest.

I prepared Pidi Kozhakattai with rice rava (broken rice).

Serves: 4

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • Rice rava – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Oil – 1 tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Seasoning
    • Mustard – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Urad dal – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Bengal gram (chana dal) dal – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 1 no
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Asafetida – pinch



Step 1

  • In a fry pan do the seasoning, add rice rava and fry for 2 minutes; add coconut,salt and 2 cups of water.

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  • Mix well and cook for 2 minutes so that the mix is thick; allow it to cool.

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  • With wet palm shape it as shown in photograph and steam cook in a cooker or steamer for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Serve hot with sauce or any chutney.

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  • You can add chopped carrot to improve the nutrition value.
  • If you don’t like red chilli, replace with green chilli.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Jayanthi April 20, 2011, 10:13 am

    I love your site. I have a question regarding rice rava. I have idli rava at home can I use that for this recipe?

  • Kamala April 20, 2011, 5:14 pm

    @ Jayanthi
    Yes. You can use Idli rava also.

  • shaila July 18, 2011, 6:28 pm

    by chance i got into this site. i am amazed to see how beautifully you have showen all the photos.your methods are very easy to understand,i have not tried anything so far but will surely try many things.
    loved the site.
    thank u so much.

  • uma srinivasan November 28, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Hi Kamalaji,

    Just got to know your site accidentally. Very nice and simple south Indian traditional recipes. Will make it a point to browse daily for new recipes.


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