Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Upma Kozhakattai / Pidi Kozhakattai / Seasoned and Steamed Rice Ball Dumplings..

Pidi Kozhakattai a.k.a Upma Kozhakkattai is a very popular tambram tiffin item and is prepared in most of the households, especially on 'fasting' or 'palaharam' days. It is another variety of upma I would say, the main addition being the thoor dhal and pepper which gives the dish a very special aroma and taste.This is a steamed dish and therefore quite healthy too! Here is the recipe: 

Raw rice- 1 Cup

Toor Dhal- 1/4 cup or a little less

Peppercorns- 1 tsp

Water- 3 Cups 

Salt to taste

For Tempering:

Oil- 2 Tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1 Tsp

Urad dhal- 1 tsp

Channa dhal- 1Tsp

Dry red chilly - 1 no.

Peringayam/Hing/ asafoetida- 1 pinch

Curry leaves- a few chopped

Green chillies- 2 nos. finely chopped

Grated coconut- 2 Tbsp


1.Pulse the raw rice, toor dhal and peppercorns coarsely about twice or thrice in a mixer. The mixture has to be coarse and not fine. 

2.Heat oil in a pan with a tight fitting lid and add the mustard seeds, urad dhal, channa dhal, dry red chilly, green chillies, hing, curry leaves and grated coconut.

3. Once the dhals turn brown in color, add the water and bring it to a boil and add salt.

4.Now slowly fold in the powdered mixture while continuing to stir it with the other hand to avoid lumps. Check for salt at this and adjust accordingly.

5.Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed and the rice looks cooked. If the mixture is too watery or mushy, let it cook for some more time or if too dry, add a little more water and cook for few minutes.

6.Once done, remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly. Take small balls of the mixture and just shape it into dumplings ( as seen in the pic) and steam them for about 8-10 minutes till they look shiny and glossy.

7.Upma kozhakkattai is best enjoyed with thengai chutney or paruppu kozhambu or thakkali thokku and definitely not forgetting a dollop of homemade ghee on top!


  1. yummy drop in at my space when u have time

  2. That is really sweet of you, thank you soo much.. Gonna make it soon... :) Rema

  3. @ Kaveri:Thanx Kaveri..Will surely do..

  4. @ Rema: My pleasure Rema! Infact, I should thank you cos u were the one who made me to post this as this has been in my pending list for long!
    Not forgetting to mention, I visited your Colour mill blog today and was highly impressed with your works! Brilliant Work Rema!Salute your patience and creativity.

  5. First time here and upma kozhakkatai looks so delicious.

  6. Thank you soo much :) I made Kozhukattai for dinner today and I have a picture of it too.. :) Where can i send it to you to.. Rema

  7. @ Sensible Vegetarian: Thanx so much Sadhana and it was nice of you to drop by and leave a comment. I've started following your blog of late and I just love your posts! Your cakes look luscious and I've been eying the ragi besan puri for my next trial..

  8. @ Rema: Oh wow, I'm overwhelmed Rema! You can mail me the pic at I'd love to see it.