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Thinai Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Festival Recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8 Dumplings
Author: Sangeetha Priya
  • Homemade/ Store Bought Foxtail Millet Flour - 1 Cup 1/2 Cup whole millet yields 1 Cup flour
  • Chopped Cashew Nuts - 2 Tbsp
  • *Palm Jaggery Syrup -1 Cup
  • Shredded Coconut - 2-3 Tbsp
  • Ghee - 1 Tbsp
  • Cardamom Powder - 1tsp
  • Salt - A Pinch
  • *Dissolve 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Palm Jaggery in 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp of Water & filter
  • For Reduced sugar version use 1/2 Cup Jaggery and 3/4 Cup water
How to make Millet Flour
  1. Do soak whole grain foxtail millet in water for 2 hours minimum and 6 hours maximum
  2. Drain the excess water and pat dry over cloth for 20 minutes to absorb the excess water.
  3. Change the paper towel and let it dry under shade.
  4. Later powder millet to fine texture.
  5. For the shelf life dry roast millet in low flame and store in an air tight container
Millet Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai Preparation
  1. In a heavy bottom pan dry roast millet flour in low flame for few mins.
  2. Keep the flour aside.
  3. In the same pan dissolve palm jaggery or jaggery powder in 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp of Water.
  4. Filter impurities and keep aside
  5. You no need to check syrup string consistency here.
  6. Clean and reheat the same pan.
  7. When the pan is hot add ghee and chopped cahew nuts.
  8. Fry till golden brown and later add prepared jaggery syrup
  9. When the mixture comes to rolling boil add millet flour in batches.
  10. Add pinch of salt and also add cardamom powder.
  11. Let the moisture evaporates and the kozhukattai mixture seperates from the pan.
  12. Let it cool before you shape.
How to make Fist Shape (Pidi Kozhukattai)
  1. Grease palm with ghee/oil.
  2. Take a lemon size ball of prepared kozhukattai dough in your hand.
  3. Smooth the dough and roll to slight oval shape.
  4. Keep the dough in between fingers and palm (refer video tutorial)
  5. Now squeeze the dough by making a fist shape ie Press the fingers tight towards palm.
  6. Repeat pressing until you get desired impression on dough
  7. Repeat the above steps for the rest of the dough
  8. Arrange the shaped kozhukattai on a greased steamer plates
  9. Steam in idli pan for 5 minutes on stove or do check Instant Pot method below
How to Steam Pidi Kozhukattai In Instant Pot
  1. Add water to Instant pot inner pot and set sauté mode high (Pic 2) by closing the IP with glass lid (Pic 3).
  2. Let the water comes to boil, once its boiling do cancel the sauté option (Pic 3).
  3. Place the steamer stand gently in to the boiling water (Pic 4).
  4. Cover it with lid by pressing the steam release button down ie steam mode (refer picture 5) or check the video tutorial.
  5. Pressure cook high for 5 minutes in steam mode using manual timer (use manual timer for steam mode, refer video).
  6. Once done, remove the lid, kozhukattai looks shiny as shown above & step by step Picture 6.
  7. Serve piping hot tasty millet kozhukattai immediately.

Recipe Video