A recipe from Tamil Nadu, these are cute little dumplings made from rice flour and steamed and then tempered with some spices to make a fun and mystic snack.These are also made on the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi aka Vinayaka Chaviti as an offering to God.There is also a sweet version to this where we make the dumplings with sugar or jaggery and put them in a sweetened lightly condensed milk and is called as undralla payasam.
1/4 cup Rice flour – 1/2 cup
2 tablespoons grated Coconut
2-3 teaspoon sesame oil
salt to taste
3-4 green chili
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon chana dal
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
1 sprig curry leaves
pinch of hing(asafoteida)
pinch or turmeric
1.Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil, add salt and mix well.Add this to the rice flour in a bowl and mix well.
2.Once the mixture is cool enough to touch, apply some oil or ghee to your palms and make small roundles in the size of soaked chickpeas and place them on a greased steamer plate.
3.Steam for about 10 minutes and let cool lightly.
4.In a blender or mortar make the green chili and coconut into a coarse mixture.
5.Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and let splutter, then add the chana dal and urad dal and saute and then add the cumin seeds,hing, turmeric and curry leaves and let splutter.
6.Finally add the coconut green chili mixture, saute for a minute and add the steamed dumplings and saute until well coated with the mixture and turn off the stove.Serve hot.
Do not make very big balls as the flavors wont get inside and make it taste bland.
You can also add cilantro leaves to the coconut green chili mixture to blend and saute them.Other additions can be baked beans, chickpeas etc.