Monday, May 30, 2011

Mani Kozhakattai / Ammini Kozhukkatai

I don't know whatz happening with blogger. Are some of you guys experiencing the same problem as I am? I am not able to post comments on certain blogs at all.
So my dear friends, please don't be mad at me for not posting comments. I have been reading all your updates, but unable to post comments on some blogs. Hope blogger will fix these issues, if real soon!

We were invited by our friend for a special pooja this weekend. I made mani kozhakattai which are basically mini steamed rice dumplings. This is usually made as an evening snack on Ganesha Chathurthi with leftover dough from mornings. Let's get ready!

Get Ready (serves 2):

For the rice dumplings
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • Pinch of salt

For seasoning:

  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. Urad dal
  • 1 red chili (split)
  • A few curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. grated coconut
  • Salt to taste


  • In a heavy-bottomed pan, add the water, oil, & pinch of salt. Let it come to a boil.
  • Add the rice flour to the boiling water and mix well without any lumps.
  • Keep the heat on medium and mix it so it forms a ball of dough.
  • Cover with a lid and turn the heat off.
  • Once you are able to handle the dough, apply oil to your palms and make them into small chickpea-sized balls. Use ALL the dough to form balls.
  • Grease an idli stand and steam these rice balls for 10 mins. in a pressure cooker. They will look shiny when they are done.
  • In another pan, add oil. When hot, do the tadka with mustard seeds, Urad dal, red chili, curry leaves, and asafetida.
  • Add the grated coconut, red chili powder, the steamed dumplings, salt to taste and mix well. Let it cook  on low heat for 2 mins.
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Serve hot with some garnished cilantro.

Rice dumplings ready to be steamed!

A perfect evening snack. Enjoy your Memorial day weekend!


  1. Seems blogger is getting mad again, fortunately its k for me, but somehow i miss many of my fav blogger's post all coz of this reason..

    Mani kozhukattais are my fav, my mom's signature dish..feel like having some rite now..

  2. This sounds so good, Priya.
    And yes Blogger seems to have a mind of its own these days!! Mine seems to be ok but a few gadgets like the 'followers' gadget and the 'recent comments' gadget have disappeared!

  3. A very new recipe and I want to taste some right now :D
    US Masala

  4. Love these steamed mini rice flour balls.Will try them soon.

    I have problem with blogger too ,can't see updates from many of the blogs I follow and also have problem posting comments sometimes.

  5. Yah the blogger is behaving weird ..... the spiced rice flour balls look delicious !

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  7. Totally new to me & looks so adorable & tempting!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Ammini kozhukkatai's are so cute..they would make a delicious snack.
    I am too not able to comment on many posts..hope this problem gets solved soon.

  9. They look so cute..delicious and healthy.

  10. Don't worry about it though dear, a lot of people are having the trouble. Though thankfully, I haven't experienced any yet.

    Your spicy rice balls, look superb :)

  11. we enjoyed these very much! thanks for bringing :) too bad you could not stay for lunch :(

  12. These look so cute, one of my favorites.


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