Mothagam - Modak Recipe - Thengai Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe

Mothagam / Modak /Poorna Kozhukattai is one my favs and I grew up eating this often for teatime snack. Yes I remember having this kozhukattai hot hot when I returned back from school.Now lets get on to learn how to make easy modakam kozhukattai.

Now coming to Vinayagar Chathurthi which falls on 11th Sept this year...since all things are almost packed even my props......I somehow managed to do a quick post for this festival so here is mine in advance :)

Check out my ulundu kozhukattai(savory version) and modak(with chana dal filling).
Guess you can understand the work & tight schedule for the next few weeks in arranging up things at our new home. Am not sure when I will be accessing net after this. It all depends on the time delay for the net connection to be given....hopefully sooner. Till then dont forget my litte space, Keep visiting :) I'll be back soon! Check out my mothagam with chana dal filling post. I have used mould there but you can shape them with your hands too.

I remember my MIL and SIL both are great devotess of Lord Ganesh. And my SIL is so so attached to him that we used to call and wish her "Happy Bday" on that day :)

[Updated pictures 2013]
Mothagam Recipe

Modak Recipe Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 45 mins | Makes : around 20
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Mothagam Recipe: Inner Stuffing Ingredients:

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Powdered Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Mothagam Recipe: Outer Dough Ingredients:

Rice flour / Idiyappam flour - 1 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Water - as required to form a dough


  1. Soak jaggery in warm water(till immersing level) , crush it well. Then heat it up until it is slightly thick (no string consistency needs to be checked) It should be of idli batter consistency.Strain and keep aside.
    How to make mothagam - Step1
  2. Dry roast coconut in a tawa till the moisture is absorbed fully, dont change its color.Taked jaggery syrup and heat it up till it becomes thick more like honey consistency.At this stage, add roasted coconut and mix well so that jaggery syrup is coated evenly.Add cardamom powder.
    How to make mothagam - Step2
  3. After 3-4 mins the mixture will start getting thick to be rolled into a ball.At this stage switch off and let it cool and make small balls and keep aside.Siece rice flour once then transfer it to a mixing bowl ,add salt and mix it.
    How to make mothagam - Step3
  4. Add boiling water little by little and mix it with the help of a wooden laddle. Mix it till it gathers to a smooth dough. Allow it to cool for 2-3 mins then knead once with your hands to make a smooth dough but it will be slightly sticky.Keep aside.
    How to make mothagam - Step4
  5. Always make the poornam ready first then make the outer dough so that the outer dough doesnt get dried up. Once the pooranams are ready you can relax, watch ur favourite tv program and do the kozhukattai :) Grease ur hands with oil.Make lemon sized small balls with the prepared dough and flatten them as thin as possible like a small cup.Now keep the coconut pooranum stuffed ball and keep in middle of the cup as shown below.Pull around the edges and bring it to center over the top of the filling. Bring it together to form the modak shape.Now follow the procedure for the remaining dough too.
    How to make mothagam- Step5
  6. Arrange the modaks in a steaming plate and steam it for 10mins.After 10-12 mins check if the kozhukottais are done, the outer layer will be a bit shiny.Now carefully transfer them in a bowl and ur kozhukattais are ready!
    How to make mothagam - Step6
Serve it hot / warm!
Video showing how to shape modakam

Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe
The pooranam should be juicy not too dry switch off accordingly.
Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe

My Notes:

Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe

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