Puzhungal Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai | Steamed Savory Rice Balls, is a delicious dinner choice made with
Par boiled / Idli rice. The savory rice balls are steamed and are very healthy. This recipe is Vegan and Gluten Free.
I am so happy to step into the New Year. New year, New beginnings and new hopes are all bundled up and here I am with the first post for the year. The beginning of the year was a little rough on the blogging front. I had issues with my hosting company and I had to change the hosting company. But I am finally back to the company I had before and so far the it is working out quite well.
I had to skip week 1 of the Blogging Marathon because of this issue. So I am starting this week with the theme of ‘Steamed Meals’. In between all the celebrations and festivals, I am ready to get back to some dieting routine and this is a great theme to begin the New Year. When looking for recipes, I was surprised that there are not many steamed recipes that I did not make yet. I wanted to make dumplings, but I have them on the blog already.
I am not a big fan of Upma. It would be a wrong term to use that I absolutely detest Upma. That does not mean that I don’t make upma. I make them once in a while as they are very easy to make. Out of all the upma, Arisi Upma is something I don’t mind as much. My mother used to make the best Arisi Upma and every time I make it, I am still trying to see if I can get any close to her flavor.
Other than that, I make Semiya Upma quite often for kid’s lunch box. I add a lot of vegetables in it and they love it. I also make the Broken Wheat / Godhumai Rava Upma at times, but my husband is not a big fan of it and hence I make it only when making it for myself.
On the other hand, I love Pidi kozhukattai. It is nothing but a fortified form of upma, but I like them. I have made Broken Wheat / Godhumai rava Pidi Kozhukattai and that is one of our favorite. My husband does not mind that at all and in fact he really likes them. So when thinking of a steamed meal to make, the first thing that came to my mind was the Pidi kozhukattai. I wanted to make something different and hence made it out of par boiled rice / idli rice / puzhungal arisi. We loved the flavor of it and I was happy by the way the pidi kozhukattai turned out. I served it with some coconut chutney for dinner.
Preparation time – 15 minutes plus about 4 hours of soaking time
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Difficulty level – easy
Ingredients to make Puzhungal Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai – (serves 6)
- Puzhungal Arisi / Par boiled rice / Idli rice – 2 cups
- Green chilies – 5 or 6 (as per your spice level)
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – 2 tbsp ( I used coconut oil)
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Kadalai Paruppu / Chana dal – 2 tsp
- Asafetida – 1/2 tsp
- Curry leaves – few
- Soak the Idli rice for at least 4 hours.
- Drain the rice and then grind it along with green chilies to a coarse batter. The rice need not be ground to a smooth paste. You can add water as needed and grind it to a coarse batter. The consistency of the batter can be like a dosa batter.
- Add the salt needed for the batter and mix well.
- In a heavy bottom, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal, asafetida and curry leaves and let it fry for few seconds.
- Add the ground batter and mix well. Cook the batter in low to medium flame until it becomes a solid mass. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cover the pan and let it cool down enough to handle.
- Once the dough is cool enough to handle, make small to medium balls out of it and place it on a greased steamer plate.
- Preheat the steamer vessel in the meantime. Once all the dough has been shaped, place it inside the steamer and steam for 12 to 15 minutes. I used my Instant pot for steaming the pidi kozhukattai. I set it on steam function with the vent open and steamed it for about 14 minutes.
- Let it rest for few minutes and then serve the pidi kozhukattai with chutney of your choice.