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Friday, September 14, 2012

Pidi Kozhukattai - Upma Kozhukattai Recipe | Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

Pidi Kozhukattai
It was the first time I tasted pidi kozhukattai as a evening snack at a near by restaurant and they served it with black channa curry and it was a yum combo.But onion tomato chutney is also one of the apt combos for this kozhukattai.
Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe
Last week when I was googling for vinayagar(ganesh) chathurthi recipes, I saw pidi/upma kozhukattai being one of them and coincidentally the suppliment that comes with aval vikatan had the recipe too....I grabbed the idea from there and here is the pidi kozhukattai recipe from my kitchen.
I should admit that all my silk sarees are being used more often as props than I wore it in the recent days haha...anyways it is better than sleeping the wardrobe for long what say ?! :)
Upma Kozhukattai Recipe

Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack| Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - few torn roughly
Red Chillies - 2 broken
Hing - a generous pinch


  1. Take raw rice in a mixer and dry grind it to a rava consistency. Set aside. And thats my new mixing bowl that I got in home center :)
    How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step1
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds , allow it to crackle then add all other items under 'to temper' let it to slightly brown, add coconut saute for 2mins.Then add required water,salt and allow it to boil.
    How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step2
  3. Once water starts to boil add the raw rice and keep stirring to avoid forming lumps. Once the rice gets cooked and the water is absorbed fully, the rice mixture will become thicka nd solid to handle at this stage, switch it off.
    How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step3
  4. Spread the mixture on a plate and Let it to cool for a while.When the mixture is still warm - Grease your hands slightly with oil...Then take a fistful of the mixture and roll them into a cylinderical dumpling as shown below with your hands.Repeat the same till the mixture gets done. Steam the dumplings for atleast 10 mins.
    How to make pidi kozhukattai - Step3
Enjoy hot with tomato onion or coconut chutney. Pidi Kozhukattai

My Notes:

  • The consistency in grinding the mixture is purely our choice, if you like it even more fine then go ahead.We liked ours a bit on the coarse side.
  • Make the kozhukattais when its still warm and steam it. Do not let it open for a long time which will cause the mixture to be dry ending up in hard kozhukattais.
  • If you like the chunky pieces then add coconut bits instead of grated coconut.
  • You can use upma rava(white rava) too for making this kozhukattai.
Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Have heard about this kozhukattai.. But I havent tasted it. Kozhukattai's look delicious and inviting. Could grab one right off the screen..

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  2. Looks so wonderful...feel like grabbing one from the pictures.And the silk saree background adds more charm.

  3. well :) from my child hood i have been tasting this :)instead of gratting, if u cut in to small small piece, Every bit of pidi kozhukattai will have the coconut and taste is divine { my grand mother use to say} .

    Beautifully clicked :) loved your saree collection

  4. My grandmom's special.It's traditionally served with thenga thogyal. Very beautiful pictures!

  5. wow very nice n tempitng...lovely clicks:)

  6. Wow very nice kozhukkattai... got the idea of using sarees ad props...

  7. Nice kozhukattai , looks delicious

  8. Vibrant pictures and love to grab whole bowl..

  9. that looks awesome....spetacular...:)



  10. Beautiful dumplings and wonderful clicks... love them all. Did you see the credit i gave for your recipe in my wall? do check it out dear

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  11. This is love!!! We notmally make this avarekai or field beans and it tastes awesome!! Great recipe and stunning pictures :)

  12. I love this upuma kozhukattai my mom makes!! Such a nice homey and comfort food!!


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  13. I love it a lot, but rarely make it. Looks very tempting...

  14. Even most of my sarees are used for this and i am happy atleast i can use for this purpose:)
    Super tempting healthy kozhukattais. Nice clicks and waiting for the paal kozhukattai

  15. So these are your Silk Saarees which made me ponder everytime Sharmi..

    Lovely clicks as always.. and I loved the concept of tehse balls as snack, might try for tonights starter.

  16. One of my favorite snacks growing up, looks delicious!

  17. nice kozhukattai... but i love sweet version than savory one...

  18. The saree looks lovely and you are putting it to good use.
    Have not had this dish for a long time. And I think i should make it soon. If I am not mistaken, we could also eat it with a thick jaggery syrup even though it is a savoury item.

  19. pidi kozhukattai looks very delicious n its my fav snack too..yes, spicy tomato chutney is the best combo,we used to add a 1tbsp moongdal along with rice...
    loved your saree color, this time i didn't bring even a single silk saree here, now feeling for it:(

  20. Something new for me , looks delicious, will try it soon

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  21. Tempting pidi kozhukattai..Lovely clicks...Using saree for bg is really nice...I have only 2 sarees here and they have made already many entries in posts...Miss my collection...

  22. Lovely kozhukattai! Perfect for the festival.

  23. kozhukattais are easy only when the outer rice oart is soft often it becomes hard that is the sad part

  24. Hey Sharmi , I tried it yesterday and it came out so yummy. The other variation would be to add some onion, ginger and green chiilies to it. It will taste good.

  25. ReaL good effort ur doing sharmi! I hv tried so many of ur recipes now after a long long time and they all remind me of khilai who was from Kerala. Forever grateful! Naveen, Karachi

  26. Hi

    Can we make this with idli rice ? Please respond

    1. Not really sure....I always use raw rice for this kozhukattai.

  27. My mom used to prepare this kozhukattai, this is my fav. tiffin, along with tomato chutney. But after my marriage, as I dono to prepare this dish, I have never tried it. But yesterday, I tried this dish learning from your blog. It came out very well. Thanks for posting such an authentic dish which inspired me to cook this dish.

  28. thank u for the recipe ... I made it at home amd my husband just loved them .. thank u :)

  29. thank u for the recipe ... I made it at home and my Hubby just loved it

  30. Hi sharmi.
    Can we use wheat rava???

    1. The taste will differ, it will be like rava upma


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