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 .
For the Pooranam:
- Sugar -1 and a 1/4 cup
- Channa dal -1 cup
- Cardamom powder -1 tsp
- Ghee -1 tsp
- Soak the channa dal in water for 1 hour.
- Pressure cook the channa dal for three whistles.
- Drain the water and allow it to cool.
- When the dal becomes cool grind the dal, sugar and cardamom to a soft paste.
- In a heavy bottom vessel add ghee.
- When the ghee becomes quite hot add this paste and simmer the stove.
- Gently mix the paste and you will see it will become little tight .
- Add cardamom powder or any flavour of your choice .
- Switch off the flame and let the Pooranam cool.
For the outer covering
- Rice flour or Idiappam Flour -1 cup
2. Water -1 and a 1/2 cup
3. Gingelly oil- 1 tsp
- Add water in a pan .
- When the water boils add the rice flour slowly and mix well.
- Simmer the stove.
- The rice flour will absorb all the water and get cooked.
- Close with a lid tightly and switch off the flame.
- When cool enough for your hands mix the flour well.
- Make small balls out of it .
- You can use a plastic cover to flatten the balls .Grease the plastic cover
- Spoon the Pooranam filling. on this flattened balls
- Close the balls and put it in the mothagam mould.
- It will exactly bring the shape and the excess flour can be taken away.
- Although a slow process you will get desirable shapes so patience and a nice place to sit and make is needed.
- Grease the idli plates and place the mothaks carefully.
- Steam cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
- As the flour is already cooked the steaming process will end very fast.
- Yummy Yummy mothagams are ready.
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 .