Ulunthu Kozhukattai| Uppu Kozhukattai| Urad Dal Kozhukattai| Urad dal Dumplings- Savoury dumplings with seasoned urad dal filling made for the Vinayaka Chaturthi. I hadn't tasted this Kozhukattai till my friend Uma prepared for the last year's Vinayaka Chaturthi and let us taste it. Last year was a bit busy, and I couldn't find time to prepare this yummy dish. So I decided that I prepare at least as an evening snack and post the recipe but one or the other, a lot of things kept me engaged for quite some time and finally I made it yesterday and needless to say, I loved the taste of these kozhukkatai prepared with the most humble ingredients. Healthy evening snack, easily digestible as it is steam cooked. Simple, tasty and tummy filling savoury snack to be accompanied with a cup of tea.

I felt it is always better to make more savoury or salty versions like this ulunthu kozhukattai and Upma Pidi Kozhukattai and less sweet kozhukattai versions like Thengai Pooranam Kozhukattai, Kadalai Paruppu Pooranam Kozhukattai, Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai to help reduce the calories added on during the festive seasons. Or else make the healthy sweet version like Dates and Nuts Modak.

Ulundu Kozhukattai recipe

Ulundu Kozhukattai
Urad dal kozhukattai recipe

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Yields: 20 nos
  • For the covering:
    Roasted Rice flour| Idiyappam flour- 1 cup
    Salt- to taste
    Water-2 cups

    For the filling:
    Oil- 2 teaspoons
    Mustard seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
    Curry leaves- 1 strand
    Hing| asafetida- a pinch
    Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
    Ulutham Pruppu| Urad dal- 1/2 cup
    Green Chillies- 2
    Coconut- 2 tablespoons
    Salt- to taste
  • Soak the urad dal in water till the covering, dough gets ready or around 20-30 minutes.Drain off the water and add this in a blender jar and pulse twice and make a coarse mixture; set aside.
  • To make filling, heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds and then add curry leaves. In the hot oil add the turmeric powder and hing.
  • Immediately add the coarsely ground dal mixture with enough salt.Mix well and cover it and cook till the dal does not taste raw. Finally add the coconut and swith off the gas and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile heat water till rolling hot stage and add the rice flour little by little with constant stirring.
  • Reduce the flame to low and cook till the water almost evaporates and the mixture comes together as a mass.
  • Switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool. Cover the dough and set aside till you start making the kozhukattai to avoid the outside of the dough getting dry.
  • Once the dough is cooled and has reached bearable heat, grease your hand with oil and knead to make a smooth dough without any lumps.
  • Divide the dough into small lemon sized balls.
  • Grease your hand and flatten the dough, using fingers spread the dough to make a thin cup shape.
  • Now fill it with the urad dal filling and close it and press it to close the edges. To make a pattern pinch the edges with thumb and index finger.
  • Heat water inside the steamer and steam the kozhukattai for 10 minutes till the dough get cooked and looks shinny.
  • Serve with Coconut Chutney.
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