Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Palak Uppu Kozhukattai | Spinach and Cream of Rice Dumplings

Kozhukattai is a steamed dumpling. It can be made with pretty much any type of flour but it is most commonly made with rice or ragi. It can also be savoury or sweet. I love kozhukattai in all its forms. I make the rice flour and ragi flour one at home for snacking all the time. I also love making the Uppu Kozhukattai. Its got a moreish texture that adds so much to the flavour. Today I made these steamed dumpling with spinach. The were perfect with some delicious zucchini kootu!!

1 cup rice rava (cream of rice)
21/2 cups water
1 tbsp coconut oil (organic, first press)
1tbsp canola oil
Salt to taste
6 kari patta (curry leaves)
1/4 tsp hing (asafoetida)
1/2 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
1/2 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
11/2 tbsp chana dal (Bengal gram dal)
1 tbsp urad dal
2 cups spinach, chopped fine

  1. Heat both the oils in a large saucepan. Add the hing, then the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop add the cumin seeds.
  2. Next reduce the heat, add the chana dal and fry till pinkish. Then add the urad dal and continue frying until both are golden brown.
  3. Now add the spinach and fry until wilted. Pour in the water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and add salt to taste and the rice rava.
  5. Cook on a medium heat, stirring constantly until all the water is absorbed and the rava is cooked.
  6. You will know it is done when the rava mix begins to come together and leave the sides of the pan
  7. Turn off the heat. Set your steamer on the heat. Once it is ready to steam, scoop out small walnut sized portions of the prepared rava. Shape into balls and place on greased steaming plates.
  8. Steam for 20-25 minutes. Turn off the heat. Allow the prepared kozhukattai to sit on the plate for at least 10 minutes. Then remove and enjoy!!

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  1. Hi! Rice dumplings look so perfect and beautiful. With asafoetida, curry leaves and a host of other spices, the dumplings must be bursting with flavours. I love the channa daal peeping out of the dumplings and spinach makes it so colourful. Healthy and delicious recipe!

  2. wow very very yummy uppu urundai :) looks super delicious dear :) and loving the addition of spinach in them :)

  3. oh wow... very yummy and healthy kozhukattai...

  4. Such a healthy kozhukattai,that brilliant to add palak in it.


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