Kozhukkattais! Ganesh Chaturthi is here, and the 'Dumpling Cha Raja' has made his grand hero entry! From Maharashtra to the tip of Tamil Nadu, this sweet – and occasionally savoury – recipe is as common as the clay Ganeshas in everybody's homes.
Check out the podcast to ‘taste’ the deliciously sweet dessert that’s got a deeply personal history in Tamil Nadu. You’ll need an elephantine memory, or there’s no use trumpeting about how much you think you know about Kozhukkattai!
Let's dig in!
In a tiny plate on the veranda in the morning sun, a white dumpling with a pointy top sits, steaming hot. I pick it up and I see veins of dark gold running along its sides, reflecting golden in the sunlight. I pop it into my mouth and chew. Instantly the sweetness of caramelised jaggery and coconut shavings gushes out. I lick at the dribble of syrup from my upper lip and sigh in satisfaction.
Ah, the ‘Kozhukkattai’ is here!