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

Kozhukatta (Malayalam: കൊഴുക്കട്ട) or Kozhukkattai (Tamil: கொழுக்கட்டை) is a popular South Indian sweet dumpling made from rice flour, with a filling of grated coconut and jaggery, and is similar to Modak made in other parts of India. Usually eaten as a form of breakfast or as a snack along with tea. In Tamil Nadu the dish is traditionally associated with the Hindu God Ganesha, and prepared as an offering on the occasion of Vinayaka Chathurthi. In Kerala it is also popularly associated with Oshana Sunday eve celebrations of Saint Thomas Christians.[1]


The dish is prepared by mixing grated coconut with jaggery, placing inside dumplings of rice flour and steaming the dumpling.


Thennai Kozhakkattai 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.


Kozhukkattai form the basis of a number of natal customs among the Sri Lankan Tamil community. There is a custom in the north involving these (dumplings with edges pressed to resemble teeth) being dropped gently on a toddler's head while the family wishes for the infant to develop healthy teeth.[2] In eastern areas, such as Amparai district, piḷḷai kozhukkaṭṭai, a smaller version, are prepared for an expectant mother at about four months time after conception by female family members. These are also commonly exchanged sweets at weddings as auspicious symbols of "plump" health and fertility.[3]

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  1. ^ http://indiankeralafood.blogspot.in/2011/04/kozhukatta.html
  2. ^ Sri Lanka. Ediz. Inglese. 2006. p. 71. 
  3. ^ McCormack, Carol (1994). Ethnography of Fertility and Birth. Waveland Press. p. 46. 

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