Soak the ¼ cup of Kadalai paruppu / channa dal and red chilies for about 30 minutes and then grind into a coarse paste.
Dry roast the godhumai rava / broken wheat until it is aromatic. Keep stirring as it could burn easily.
Remove the roasted godhumai rava on a plate and return the pan to the heat. Add oil and fry the seasoning ingredients.
Add the ground channa dal paste and give it a quick stir.
Now add 4 cups of water, grated coconut and the salt needed. Let the water come to a boil.
Slowly add the roasted wheat and mix well. Reduce the flame and cover the pan. Let the wheat cook until it soft and the water evaporates. This will take about 5 – 7 minutes in low flame.
If you feel that the rava has not cooked and it is getting too dry, sprinkle some water and continue to cook. Depending on the size of the rava, it will take less time or longer time to cook. I used the smallest of the available and it took me only 5 minutes to cook.
Turn off the flame and cover the pan and let the mixture cool down enough to handle. Then start making tight balls out of the mixture.
Don’t wait until it is completely cold as it will become dry and will be hard to make the balls. Do it when the mixture is still warm. If it still appears dry, wet your hands with little water and then form tight balls. In my family we make sort of oval shaped balls. Depending on your liking, you could also shape them as round balls.
Arrange the balls on a steaming plate and let it steam for about 8 to 10 minutes. You will notice that the kozhukattais are very soft right after steaming. Let it sit out for few minutes before you transfer them to a bowl.
Repeat the same with the rest of the cooked wheat. I served it with some coconut chutney.