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Upma Kozhukattai (Ground Rice Semolina Dumplings)

- Submitted by Raji Ramakrishnan

(Pidi Kozhukattai, Kaar Kolukattai, Steamed Rice Dumplings)

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This south Indian dish is made out of rice rava.  It is a delicious dish for breakfast, and evening snacks. I love the same with curd, sambar, chutney.

Recipe For Upma Kozhukattai


  • Rice rava - 1 cup (For preparing rice rava see note below)
  • Tur dal - 1/4 cup
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 2-3 
  • Salt
  • Water - 1-1.5 cup


  • Oil - 4 tblsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urid dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Asafetida

Note: For preparing rice rava, wash and soak two glasses of rice in water for 2-3 hours. Drain the same and put in on a towel and spread it for drying. When it is 3/4 dried (means little bit wetness should be there so that you can get rice powder also out it) grind the same coarsely in the mixer to get rava bigger than the normal rava. Sieve and extract the rice powder separately. Dry them in paper and store it.


  1. Soak the tur dal for half an hour in water.
  2. After half an hour, coarsely grind the dal along with green chilli (or you can add the green chilli in the second step). I prefer to grind it along with tur dal as my family members do not like to bite the green chilly.
  3. In a kadai, pour oil. When it becomes hot, add the mustard seeds.
  4. When mustard seeds crackles, add urid dal.  When it becomes brown in colour, add the curry leaves, asafoetida and tur /green chilly mix.
  5. Add water, salt and bring to a boil. Add the coconut.
  6. When it starts boiling, add the rava slowly and mix well. The mix will be like upma like consistency. Switch off the gas and allow to cool.
  7. When it becomes cool, mix well again and make balls out of it. Either round shape or oblong shape that is normally done.
  8. Place them in an idli cooker and steam it for 15-20 minutes. Upma Kozhukattai is ready to be served.

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It is a lovely stuff. I like it very much any time I can eat this.

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Comments (5)

Person   ()
when do you add tur dal? that is not specified
Person   ()
It is mentioned in steps 1 and 4.
Person   ()
you can make it without tur dal. see the difference. for us we cannot consume coconut . tur dal enchance the taste of it.
Person   ()
you can make it without tur dal. see the difference. for us we cannot consume coconut . tur dal enchance the taste of it.

happy cooking and enjoy
Person   ()
what is the role of tur dail in it, not specified.

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 Published by on and last updated on 2020-06-02.