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.