Coconut Kozhukkattai

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Preparation time
20 mins
Cooking time
10 mins
5 people
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80 gm
150 gm
Rice Flour
50 gm
Grated Coconut
Coconut Kozhukkattai
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About Coconut Kozhukkattai:

‘Pallu Kozhukkattai’ is one of the important ceremonies among the Sri Lankan Tamil community. It is also called as teething ceremony and it is done when the child’s first tooth pops up. Pallu means tooth in Tamil and Kozhukkattai is a luscious South Indian Cake or a Sweet Dumpling that is made from rice flour, grated coconut and sugar or jaggery. The significance of this ceremony is to mark the appearance of the child’s first tooth and to pray for the child to be bestowed with teeth as beautiful as the white kozhukattai.

The speciality of this dish is that it doesn’t have any prescribed shape or method. It can be made either like a dumpling or cake ball. Kozhukkattai is the South Indian counterpart of the Tibetian Momos, Odian Manda Pitha and Maharashtrian Modak. Usually, while preparing kozhukkattai the sweet poornam/stuffing is covered with a layer of rice flour dough.

Here in mine I have mixed all the ingredients together and have prepared a cake ball which I inherited from my mother.


  1. It can also be prepared with sugar if you don’t prefer jaggery.
  2. The same cake balls can be dipped in coconut milk and served. It is another popular snack of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka known as Paal Kozhukkattai or Milk Kozhukkattai.
  3. In place of rice flour, you can use different types millet flours to turn it into a healthy snack for your kids.


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  1. Powder the jaggery, sieve the flour and add them in a large bowl.
  2. Add the grated coconut, little ghee and salt to it.
  3. Boil the water and add to the mix little by little. Knead the mix to a soft dough.
  4. Shape the dough into small balls.
  5. Steam cook the balls for approximately ten minutes.
  6. Serve warm with hot milk or tea.

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