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Breakfast is the most important part of a day’s meal. Today i have one traditional South Indian breakfast for you all that’s not only filling,tasty but healthy too.These steamed rice dumplings are known as “ Pundi gatti / Pundi / Undi / Akki Tari Kadubu / Khara Kadubu ” in Kannada and in Tamil its ” Pidi Kozhukattai / upma Kozhukattai / khara Kozhukattai ” and in Telugu its known as ” Undrallu / kudumullu “. Uff.. that’s a lot of names in just 3 languages.. that’s the indication how popular this dish is …

Many people have a misconception that making these rice dumplings are time consuming, tough etc.But i assure you they are not.If you have the rice rava ready, they are one of the easiest breakfast options you can think of on those lazy weekends.I always stock rice rava as they come very handy in the preparation of these dumplings, cucumber idli ,rice rava upma etc.As its one of our family favorites..i prepare it often.So are you all ready to try out these healthy dumplings in your kitchen ? And yes as always don’t forget to share you feedback.. Here we go…


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 2 cups Rice Rava
  • 4 cups Water
  • 3/4 cup coconut, grated
  • to taste Salt

For tempering

  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil / Any oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Channa Dal / bengal gram
  • ½ tbsp Urad Dal /black gram
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
  • 1 - 2 Broken red Chillies
  • few Curry Leaves


  • Heat a kadai with oil, temper with mustard seeds, channa dal,urad dal and jeera.Fry till the dals turn golden.
  • Once the mustard seeds crackle add the curry leaves and broken red chillies.Fry for a minute.
  • Now add the measured water ( 1:2 ) and salt.Allow the water to boil.
  • Once water starts boiling reduce the flame to low. Add coconut gratings and slowly add the rice rava stirring continuously .
  • Mix well such that no lumps are formed.
  • Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes until all the water is evaporated and the whole thing comes together.Allow to cool a bit .
  • Prepare a steamer and keep on flame.
  • When the mixture is still warm - Grease your hands slightly with oil / wet your hands.Then take a fistful of the mixture and roll them into a cylindrical dumpling Repeat the same procedure with the remaining mixture.
  • Keep the dumplings in the steamer and Steam cook them for 10-12 mins.
  • Enjoy the hot rice dumplings with any spicy chutney like brinjal chutney /ridge gourd peel chutney / sesame chutney / tomato chutney ,coconut chutney,mango pickle etc.


  1. If you dont have ready rice rava you can do it in home this way. Soak rice in water for 10-15 mins . Drain water completely spread on cloth for sometime and pulse in mixer to a coarse powder. OR you can also coarse powder dry rice in mixer without soaking them.
  2. Instead of rice rava you can also use upma rava or idli rava . If using upma rava, slightly roast them and use.
  3. Rice : water proportion that i use is 1 : 2.
  4. Don't reduce much the coconut quantity. Else the dumplings will become hard. Also addition of coconut and coconut oil will give a nice flavor to these dumplings.
  5. However if you really what to reduce coconut quantity an option you can use 2-3 tbsps thick poha coarsely powdered and 2 tbsp grated coconut .. in combination.
  6. It would look like little sticky if you eat immediately after taking out from steamer. So its better take it out from steamer ,allow for 2-3 mins and later serve.
  7. You can also add some carrots / peas / corn/ hyacinth seeds ( avare kayi ) / dill leaves etc for etc flavor.

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  • Reply
    Sony P
    October 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This looks tempting and yummmy !

  • Reply
    beena stephen
    October 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Yummy tempting snack

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    Shobana Vijay
    October 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Very good and so delicious

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    Vibha Sp
    October 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Very easy dumplings , soon will try dear , luks tasty ….

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    nandoos Kitchen
    October 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    tempting.. love it.

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    Sathya Priya
    October 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Thats a healthy breakfast Smitha .Love it

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    Ramya Venkateswaran
    October 28, 2014 at 3:27 am

    kara kozhukattai looks delicious

  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    October 28, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Very yummy!

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    Poornima hegde
    October 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    My mum makes this often and we call it Akki tari kadubu.. Looks tempting and delicious!!

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    Priya Shiva
    October 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Looks tempting! One of my fav breakfast 🙂

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    Meghana Acharya
    October 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    ya i know this. mu mom-in law prepares this. although i havent tried this so far.

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    Kalpana Sareesh
    October 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    looks good.. fav kozhukattai

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    November 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Where do you add the coconut? Looks like you’ve missed a step.

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    November 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    i have mentioned it …” Once water starts boiling reduce the flame to low. Add coconut gratings and slowly add the rice rava stirring continuously . “

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    June 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Very good. I like the stuff so much and I got the process of making. This is exactly the way my mom used to make. Thank you.

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    November 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Smitha, your blog is great with such variety of recipies. I tried foxtail millet rava idli from you blog. Turned out delicious . Big thanks to your work. Can we use millet rava for this pundi gatti. If yes what is the water proportion and cooking time ? Thanks in advance

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