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Alternative names
Type Dessert
Place of origin
Region or state
Tamil Nadu, Kerala
Main ingredients
Grated coconut, jaggery
Cookbook:Kozhakatta  Kozhakatta

Kozhakkatta (Tamil: கொழுக்கட்டை, Malayalam: കൊഴുക്കട്ട, Marathi: मॊदक, Oriya: ମଣ୍ଡା manda) 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 dish is also a part of the traditional Nasrani cuisine of the Syrian Christians of the state of Kerala.[citation needed]


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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