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Uppu Urundai Recipe, uppu kozhukattai, Steamed Rice Dumplings

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 25 dumplings 1x


Easy Recipe for uppu urundai, Tamil style dumplings with salt. Made with rice and onions. savoury kozhukattai recipe.



For the batter

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) par boiled rice / idli rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon fresh coconut
  • 2 dried red chillies

For tempering

  • 1 teaspoon sesame / gingely oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon split urad dal
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Soak the rice in water for 3 hours. Grind the rice with water, red chillies and coconut. Grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat sesame oil (gingely oil) in a pan and add in the mustard seeds and split urad dal. Wait for the dal to brown.
  3. Add in the onions and Salt. Fry till the onions are slightly brown.
  4. Add in the ground rice mixture and stir with a spatula. The rice mixture will immediately thicken up into a mass of dough.
  5. Switch off the heat and add in the coriander leaves. Mix well to combine. Set aside to cool a bit.
  6. Let the dough become warm. When the dough is still warm, dip your hands in cold water and take a small lime size ball of dough. Press the dough a little to form small balls. Set aside.
  7. Place the dumplings on an idli plate or any flat plate and steam it for 10-12 minutes on a medium flame. Bigger balls might require more time to cook. The dumplings would become slightly glossy after steaming. Remove from heat.
  8. Serve hot!
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu