Kozhukatta or the soft round dumpling is one easy-to-make unsophisticated savoury. It’s every man's delicacy that goes easy on the tummy. The ingredients too are simple; with rice flour and coconut being the taste-makers.
It’s a nutritious bite and can be had any time of the day. Whether you steam it or boil it in water, the kozhukatta never ceases to amaze. Humble in looks, yet rich in taste.
They can be stuffed or dressed plain. There’s this oft told story of how a westerner was left amazed by the stuffed one. There was no way he could figure out how the cooks had got that bit of coconut scarping and jaggery inside a ball which had no opening or outlet for the filling to be put in!
The innumerable varieties of kozhukatta have on its list a hoary dish called the 'Kothu Kozhukatta'.
Here’s how to make rice kozhukatta (ari kozhukatta) and kothu kozhukkatta: