Upma Kozhukattai recipe | Kara pidi | Spicy Kitchen

  • Yield: 1
  • Servings: 2
  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Ready In: 20m

Kozhukkattai Upma

Healthy Breakfast idea from South Indian cuisine

Upma Kozhukattai is the traditional healthy snack/breakfast recipe of South India. Traditional kara pidi is a common breakfast item of Tamil cuisine which is made with rice, dal, grated coconut etc. In Kerala we used to make kozhukkatta which is made with rice flour with jaggery and grated coconut as filling. I came to know about savory version of kozhukkatta after my marriage and found found interesting
In this recipe I have tried a different version of upma kozhukkattai. Steamed rice dumplings with spicy grated coconut mixture. This dish can be served as a healthy snack or as a breakfast . Hope you all will like this Upma Kozhukattai recipe. Please try it out and let me know how it turned out for you.


1 cup of Rice flour
1 1/2 cup of Water
10 no of Shallots
2 no of Green chillies
1 spring of Curry leaves
1 cup of Grated coconut
1/4 S of Turmeric powder
1/2 S of Chilli powder
1 S of Mustard seeds
1/2 S of Cumin seeds
1 S of oil
Salt as required


Step 01

Take a heavy bottom vessel.Add water and boil(for 1 cup I took 1 1/2 cup of water).

Step 02

When the water starts boiling add the rice flour(you can use puttu podi or pathiri podi also) to this, stirring continuously without allowing any lumps to form.

Step 03

When the mixture has formed into smooth thick dough, remove from fire. The dough must be thick enough like chapathi dough.

Step 04

Smooth-en the prepared rice flour dough with your hands.

Step 05

Make small balls (like size of a gooseberry) from the dough.

Step 06

Steam cook these dumplings(5-6 min in medium flame).

Step 07

Heat oil in a pan.

Step 08

splutter mustard seeds.Then add cumin seeds

Step 09

Add chopped shallots,green chillies and curry leaves.Saute for a while.

Step 10

Add grated coconut.Fry for 1 minute

Step 11

Add chilli powder and turmeric powder.fry well.

Step 12

Add rice dumplings and salt .Mix well

Step 13

Cover the lid and cook for 1-2 min in low flame. Do not add water.

Step 14

Serve hot with black tea as snack or breakfast.

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