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Ulundhu Pidi Kozhukattai

Savory Kozhukattai or modak made using rice flour and whole urad dal. These steamed dumplings are vegan and gluten free making it a great snack or dinner option.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 14 nos


  • Kozhukattai or Idiyappam flour - 1/2 cup
  • Whole white urad dal - 4 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Green chilli or dry red chillies - 2 nos
  • Coconut - 3 tbsp grated or finely chopped
  • Water - 1-1/4 cup
  • Salt - to taste

For tempering:

  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Asafoetida - 2 pinch
  • Oil - 1 tsp


Make Urad dal paste:

  • Rinse urad dal well and soak for an hour. Drain the water completely and set aside.
  • In a mixie jar, add green chillies or dry red chillies, ginger run the mixer on pulse mode to crush the chillies and ginger coarsely.
  • Add the urad dal and once again grind it to a coarse and gritty paste without adding water. Pulse at regular intervals for even grinding. Set aside.

Prepare the dough:

  • Heat a pan with oil and once hot add mustard seeds and let it crackle.
  • Add asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Add water, salt and let it come to a boil.
  • Once water comes to a rolling boil, simmer the flame completely.
  • Add ground urad dal mixture and mix it well while breaking away the lumps. A wooden spatula works well for mixing.
  • Add coconut and kozhukattai rice flour. The mixture will begin to thicken immediately, so keep stirring to avoid burning at the bottom.
  • When the dough begins to come together, switch off and take the pan off the stove.
  • Cover with lid and let it rest for 5 mins. Transfer to a bowl and knead it once. Keep the dough covered always.

Steaming the kozhukattai:

  • Add 2 cups water to a steamer and let the water come to a boil.
  • Meanwhile grease an idli or steamer plate and your fingers with oil.
  • Take small lemon sized balls and fist it in your palm (see the video).
  • Make either a round or oblong shape.
  • Arrange the pidi kozhukattais on the greased idli or steamer plate one next to the other. Steam for 8 to 10 mins over medium low flame.
  • Ulundhu pidi kozhukattai is ready. Serve with any chutney of your choice.