Making a perfect dough out of rice flour is the main aspect to get softer kozhukattai.
We can make many different varieties of delicious Kozhukattai and offer as neivedhyam to Lord Ganesh on the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chaturti (Vinayaka Chaturti). For any variety of kozhukattai / modak, the Kozhukattai Mavu Outer Cover preparation is same and making a perfect dough out of rice flour is the main aspect to get softer kozhukattai. Only if the outer cover is soft, we would be able to enjoy the taste the filling. This the traditional and conventional preparation of kozhukattai mavu (kozhukattai outercover). I have been making this for many years and the outercover would be perfectly soft using this method. Please refer this to prepare any kind of kozhukattai.
The water and rice flour ratio is what crucial to this method of making Kozhukattai Mavu. For 1 cup of grounded and sieved rice flour, we have to add 3/4th water and 1/4th milk. The ratio differs for ready made flour sometimes. So always try 1:1(riceflour : water) ratio and then adjust rice flour or water accordingly. Milk gives a nice texture and color to the dough. Without milk also we can prepare. The dough color will be little dull without milk. Otherwise the taste and softness will remain same.
For Beginners who find this method of making Kozhukattai Mavu difficult or rather complicated, can try my other version of making Kozhukattai Mavu Outer Cover using rice batter. Alternate method is also simple, easy and not complicated.
When the excess water is absorbed, add the spread rice to the mixer. If you are grinding the rice in home, then do not allow the spread rie to dry completely. If you feel the rice, it should be little damp but your palms should not get wet. Then only we will get a smooth powder. If you are grinding it in a mill, then you can allow the rice to dry completely. Grind the rice to a nice powder in the mixer
Dough Making Process
Heat water in pan, add salt, oil and milk. The water ratio is for the rice flour. For 1 cup of grounded and sieved rice flour, we have to add 3/4th water and 1/4th milk. The ratio differs for ready made flour sometimes. So always try 1:1(riceflour : water) ratio and then adjust rice flour or water accordingly. When the water starts to boil, add rice flour
Mix the rice flour well and when it is mixed remove from flame. If you feel the dough is hard, you can sprinkle some warm water and mix well. Or if you feel the dough is very sticky, sprinkle some rice flour and mix to make correct consistency dough. Knead the dough well with the hand once and wrap it in a wet cloth and leave it for 10 minutes