Sesame seeds with jaggery, a yummy filling to fill Kozhukattai!
Sesame seeds kozhukattai(ellu kozhukattai) is a delicious recipe and specially made on the auspicious day of Vinayaka Chaturti(Ganesh Chaturti). This is another traditional dish we do for neivedhyam for Lord Ganesha along with Thengai Purna kozhukattai and Ulundhu kozhukattai. This is so simple to make and tastes yummy. Especially black Sesame Seeds are particularly rich in iron, so they’re highly recommended for those with anemia and weakness. So even if you are not doing this dish for neivedhyam, we can make this filling alone and have it if we have anemia or weakness. Black sesame seeds combined with jaggery is a tasty and iron rich filling.
We can also use white or brown variety of Sesame seeds. I have given both the videos below. One video is with Black Sesame Seeds and its detailed video with voice over and other with quicker video and using white sesame seeds. Sesame seeds, on grinding releases oil which will be used to bind with jaggery. Sesame seeds are first soaked for 10 mins and then strained and dry fried till it turns golden brown and then grind it along with jaggery, coconut and cardamom seeds to get a thick mixture.
The variety of jaggery makes a huge difference in the color of the puranam. If you use Pagu Vellam, then you will get a nice dark brown puranam else you will get light brown filling. The color doesn’t matter. What matters is the right consistency of filling. Do not grind it for too much time as the jaggery releases water and sesame seeds releases oil and both makes the filling watery. We need a thick mixture so that we can make balls out of the filling
Lets see how to make kozhukattai with this healthy filling!
Soak & Fry Sesame Seeds