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Alternative names Kozhukatta
Course Dessert
Place of origin India
Region or state Tamil Nadu
Main ingredients Grated coconut, jaggery
Cookbook:Kozhukattai  Kozhukattai

Kozhukkattai (Tamil: கொழுக்கட்டை) is a popular Indian sweet dumpling made from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery, and is similar to Modak made in other parts of India. This dish is popularly associated with Lord Ganesh and Ganesh Chaturti celebrations in South India.


The preparation is simple: grated coconut is mixed with jaggery, placed inside dumplings of rice flour and baked.


Thennai kozhakattai is a sweet dish popular in South Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is typically prepared on special occasions, and involves significant preparatory work, usually involving the entire family. Thennai kozhakattai is made of the same ingredients as kozhakattai, but is prepared by inserting into young palm leaves. Manda Pitha is a sweet dish similar to kozhakattai found in eastern state of Orissa. Another variant exists in the state of Kerala which is very frugal and is a staple breakfast among the poorer masses, it is made of Atta flour and grated coconut.


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