20 June 2014

Mini Kozhukattais (Steamed Rice Balls)

Kozhukattais or steamed Rice dumplings are a festival favourite, especially in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The mini kozhukattais here however, are not the stuffed variety, these are quick to make and disappear even faster!!!

                                            MINI KOZHUKATTAIS (Steamed Rice Balls)

Ingredients : 

Rice Flour (Processed preferred) - 1 cup
Water - 1cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsps
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal (Split Black gram) - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Chopped Green chilies - 2
Grated coconut - 2 tbsps

Method :

1. Heat water in a wide pan or kadhai and add 1 tbsp oil and salt into it.

2. When it reaches boiling point, carefully and slowly add the rice flour while stirring simultaneously.

3. Keep stirring till all the water has been absorbed and a thick mixture is formed and starts leaving the sides.

4. Remove and transfer to a bowl or plate and cover with a wet muslin cloth. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

5. Once slightly cooled, but still warm, apply oil to hands and take a portion of the dough. (Note: If it cools down too much the dough will become lumpy)
Roll it on an oiled surface into a thin long cylinder. Cut small pieces and roll them into pea-sized balls. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Steam cook for about 10 minutes.

6. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to crackle, add urad dal, green chilies and curry leaves. Once the dal becomes golden brown, add the rice balls and saute for a minute.

7. Finally add the grated coconut and mix lightly. Remove and serve warm.


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