September 29, 2010

Uppu Kozhukattai/Indian Savory Dumpling - Vinayagar Chathurthi Recipe

After last week's awesome treats, this week I'm really playing low with some subtle dal, stir fries etc. Nothing new from my kitchen and I donno how long it will atlast may be tomorrow I will post some spicy chicken or some chocolaty treat. This dish which I share today reminds me of the festive mornings back in India where my Mom would wake us up at around 5 am to get ready to decorate the puja room.We would throw in all our creativity and help her in arranging for the celebration. Especially during Ganesh Chaturthi I would never have any breakfast, will just stick to the sweet and savory kozhukattai. Late lunch in vazhayilai and will make us so full . We just sit and watch the special TV programs. I'm planning for a vacation during Diwali and eagerly waiting such an festive morning after so many years !!!

This is one variety of prasadham offered to Hindu god Lord Ganesha on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturti. It is an easier and savory version of the Kozhukattai. I have shared the Sweet version here. We simply love kozhukattai and do not wait for the festival. It turns out be a usual evening snack in our place. It is a quickie and can be prepared in half an hour if you are using store bought rice powder. It requires no expertise , so Prepare, Steam and Enjoy !!!


Rice Flour - 1 cup
Water - 3/4 cup
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 drops

For Seasoning

Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Urid Dal - 1 tsp
Green Chilly - 4 no
Curry Leaves
Oil - 1 tsp

  • Add salt to the water and boil it well.
  • Slowly add the boiling water to the rice flour and knead it into a smooth dough. The dough should not be too sticky so carefully add the water.
  • Finely chop the green chillies and curry leaves.
  • Heat oil in a small pan, add the mustard and allow it to splutter.
  • Add the channa dal, urad dal and saute in medium flame until they turn golden brown.
  • Add the chopped green chillies, curry leaves and saute them.
  • Transfer the seasoning to the prepared dough.
  • Mix well and shape them into small cone like structures.
  • Place the kozhukkatai's in greased idly plates or any steamer and steam for about 10 - 12 minutes.
  • Serve Warm.

My Notes
  • You can use ready made rice flour available in stores or soak raw rice, dry it and grind it to a fine powder and use it.
  • If you are using store bought powder, buy the one especially for kozhukattai or Idiyappam.
  • Kozhukattai will become dry if over steamed.



Yummy one:-) My favourite..but, we roll in to small this lovely shape:-)

Uppu kozhukattais looks soo pretty and prefect..

Those look like a yummy treat!

Wow they look so cute..never tried this before, so inviting

Never tried savory kozhikkatta..nice recipe,thanx for sharing...So this is eaten with wat,pickle ,chutney or sambar?

Love those cute little savory kozhukattas,never made this way so far..They look really cute Shabitha...

Wow those are so creative....very tempting too...

They look so cute, like a tiny little wax dollies. Thank you for sending it Any One Can Cook.

Adorable presentation. They look so beautiful
and perfect.

very cute looking kozhikkattas...never made these...but your pictures are so inviting...

Hamaree Rasoi

interesting recipe...savory version is new to me...

Absolutely beautiful..a very new n interesting dish!

US Masala

Looks cute and I never made this before, yum..

Beautiful click..looks so cute and yummy!!

That looks great.. I just saw that you are in Nashville. I was too until a couple of months back and I so envy that place.

wow those savory dumplings looks so cute n delicious ...beautiful clicks too


Those look so pretty and colorful. I'm sure they were delicious.

Savory kozhukattai looks interesting..

Perfect looking kozhukkatais,has come out nice!

Hi Shabitha,

Nice kolukattai dear..You have an award..Please take it!


cute little kozhukattai, loved the shape

Great presentation. We make something very similar to this.

Yummy family fav breafast..wish to taste some..:)

Beautiful uppu kozhukattai.They look delish

Pushpa @

I love these, made some last week. But they weren't looking as good as yours :-)

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments !!

ohhh they look of my fav ...should make them soon :)

Hi Shabitha, you have a nice blog with quite a few awesome recipies. Would love to try out some of them.

Looks wonderful I had nvr heard of this before ...

Hai ! Lovely kozhukkattai. I am a new blogger. Your blog is great.Please visit me and post comments. That would be greatly encouraging. Thank You.

Looks pretty.Gona try this method as it sounds so easy :)

Looks mouthwatering..Must try :)Nice ntry !!

I love all forms of kozhukattai - this looks so cute and i love how you've shaped them so nicely.

Dear, About the Fiery Tomato Chutney, its all about bringing the oil out and losing the moisture completely. It takes about 20 minutes-30 minutes on a low flame. Good Luck with that.:).

I have never made any uppu kozhukattai ever. THis looks fab, like pillayar. :)

I love uppu kozhukattai make with idli rava it more delectable :) I didn't know u ve an event going one!

cute kozhukattai....nice presentation!

the cutest picture i have ever seen..i was in coimbatore by the way..almost 7yrs of college life ffrom der..

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