Ammini Kozhukattai/Mani Kozhukatai/Savory Rice Dumplings

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mani Kozhukattai/Ammini Kozhukattai, small marble sized rice balls, steam cooked and tempered with spices, a snack that will be made in many south-indian household the same day as Ganesh Chathurthi or the next day with the leftover kozhakattai dough. 
When we were growing up, amma makes extra dough, so she make this in the evening. We kids love to roll these cute little dough balls, it is steam cooked and and the aroma of tempering, makes you feel even more hungry for it!
There is another version of this cute snack, where in all the spices are added to the flour itself and then it is rolled into balls,steam cooked and tempered. My father-in-law loves that version, though i have never tried it. 
I always prefer to make this one. I have quite a few fans for this ammini kozhukattai. Few of my friends kids come home for navrathri, just to taste this as i make it regular for navrathri neivedhiyam also. What more you need when you get special requests from these little people to make it especially for them. 
It is such an easy recipe to make. Takes very less effort, if you engage your little hands for rolling the balls. I have added some veggies to make it more healthy, it is purely optional, if you don't prefer veggies, just omit them and do plain tempering.

1 cup rice flour, I used store-bought idiyappam flour
2 cups of water
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
1 tsp of gingely oil/ vegetable oil
2-3 tbsp freshly grated coconut
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup of thinly sliced capsicums

1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split urad dal/dehusked black gram dal
2-3 no red chilies, increase/decrease according to your spice level
4-5 curry leaves
hing a pinch
a pinch of turmeric powder
  • In a wide Pan or Kadai, heat 2 cups of water. When the water starts boiling, add Salt and oil and reduce the flame. 
  • Add the Rice Flour and using the whisk, whisk it well. A whisk works better than a ladle. The flour will start absorbing the water and forms a dough. Take it off the flame. Keep it covered for 5-10 minutes.
  • When it comes to touchable warm, add a tsp of oil and knead it to a soft dough. Grease your hands with oil and start making small marble-sized balls out of it. 
  • Arrange the balls in a steamer or an idly plate and steam cook for 5-10 minutes.  Take it out of the steamer. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
  •  Heat a oil in a wide pan, once it is hot, splutter mustard seeds, add hing, curry leaves, and chilies, saute this for 30 seconds. Now add urad dal to this and saute until it turns golden brown.
  • Now add sliced carrots and capsicums. Add salt to it, cover and cook for 10 minutes in a simmer flame.
  • Remove the cover and now add the steam-cooked balls to it and mix together well. Add the grated coconut to this and Mix well. Let this sit on the stove for another 2-3 minutes for the flavors to mingle well.
  • Take it off the heat and serve it warm along with your evening coffee/tea.

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  1. Wow cute little kozhukkattais... Looks tempting.... If you like U could link to the on going event Dish name
    Starts with M

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  2. Healthy tiffin!!!!Usually I make this when the rice flour is left out after making sweet dumplings....

  3. Super tempting and damn cute mani kozhukattais,its been a long i prepared them.

  4. My favorite snack, used to make very often before, now a days lazy ;)

  5. They look so cute..specially kids would love to eat them..

  6. Very yummy n cute kozhukattais.

  7. This is in my to-do list for a long long time. The dish looks so cute and I am sure the kids will love it.

  8. I love this priya...looks cute!

  9. Cute kozhukattais. Love those dumplings.

  10. looking so beautiful and eye catching.

  11. Super cute kozhukatai..i am addictive to these cuties...luv the carrot twist..

  12. Mani kozhukattai is looking like mani....looks so cute. I love to eat them as is without any tempering.

  13. Great one! I have seen these in too many blogs that I think it is time for me to try them.

  14. cute little kozhukattais veena perfect snack for me

  15. Cute mini dumplings, one of fav too...

  16. Absolutely gorgeous ! These cute balls look out of the word , I am Loving the whole set up and want to try them asap . 👌👌

  17. The photos make the preparation so tempting. I'd come across a similar recipe by another blogger, thinking I should try it out and then forgot the name and the blog! Found this again on your blog and have bookmarked it.

  18. My favorite snack to make on evenings. And the addition of carrot makes it more interesting.

  19. Omg! these tiny balls look super cute. If it didn't have all that tempering, I would have mistaken them with small rasgullas

  20. Bookmarking it - your pics are very tempting . Looks really delicious.


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