Mothagam.

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Mothagam is a sweet filled  food. It is always associated with Lord Ganapathi(Elephant god). It is usually prepared during Vinayagar Chathurthi( His birthday ).i think this year it is on September 17th. I am fond of making mothagam. But i did not have the mold with me. last year i had purchased in my hometown but was waiting till Vinayagar Chathurthi for the opening ceremony.But as i had Pooranam or the sweet filling with me which i had made for Gokulashtami for poli  i  thought i can use that for making mothagam. The Pooranam is usually made of jaggery, Channa dal or sugar , Channa dal or coconut and jaggery. This year for a blast i used Orange Sugar (Carrot suagr) which is available in Singapore. It is granulated palm sugar says source. i rarely use it . In Hotels Idiappam or Appam is served with this Carrot sugar . It is a easy method to use carrot sugar as a filling and kids too will like the sweetness of it .

 Ingredients:

 For the Pooranam:

  1. Sugar -1 and  a 1/4 cup
  2.  Channa dal -1 cup
  3.  Cardamom powder -1 tsp
  4.  Ghee -1 tsp

Method:

  1. Soak the channa dal in water for 1 hour.
  2. Pressure cook the channa dal for three whistles.
  3. Drain the water and allow it to cool.
  4. When the dal becomes cool grind the dal, sugar and cardamom to a soft paste.
  5. In a heavy bottom vessel add ghee.
  6. When the ghee becomes quite hot add this paste and simmer the stove.
  7. Gently mix the paste and you will see it will become little tight .
  8. Add cardamom powder or any flavour of your choice .
  9.  Switch off the flame and let the Pooranam cool.

For the outer covering

  1. Rice flour or Idiappam Flour -1 cup

2. Water -1 and a 1/2 cup

3. Gingelly oil- 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Add water in a pan .
  2. When the water boils add the rice flour slowly and mix well.
  3. Simmer the stove.
  4. The rice flour will absorb all the water  and get cooked.
  5. Close  with a lid tightly and switch off the flame.
  6. When cool enough for your hands mix the flour well.
  7. Make small balls out of it .
  8. You can use a plastic  cover to flatten the  balls .Grease the plastic cover
  9. Spoon the Pooranam filling. on this flattened balls
  10. Close the balls and put it in the mothagam mould.
  11. It will exactly bring the shape and the excess flour can be taken away.
  12.  Although a slow process you will get desirable shapes so patience and  a nice place to sit  and make is needed.
  13. Grease the idli plates  and place the  mothaks carefully.
  14.  Steam cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
  15. As the flour is already cooked the steaming process will end very fast.
  16.  Yummy Yummy mothagams are ready.

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Tips:

1. If white sugar is used use in   1: 1 ratio.

2. i found the mothagams getting orange on the outer covering so better add a colour to flour base too .

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