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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ammini Kozhukattai (Savory Steamed Rice Balls) | Healthy Tea Time Snack

Ammini Kozhukattai/ Savory steamed rice balls is a healthy tea time snack made with rice flour.The best part of this recipe is that it uses very less oil and the rice balls are steamed.These are similar to the traditional kozhukatta in looks and texture except that they are much smaller and they don't have a filling.But these cute ones are just flavorful with all the spices and the touch of idli milagu podi makes it tastier.This had been in my do list for over a year now and finally am happy that I tried ,will add to my healthy snack list often.If you love it and are health conscious,then this is the right snack for you too !!

to make kozhukattai
rice flour 2 cups
water 1 cup
salt to taste

to temper
mustard seeds 1 tsp
chana dal 1 tsp
urad dal split 1 tsp
coconut shredded 3tbsp
idli milagu podi  3tbsp
dry red chillies 2-3
asafoetida / hing  1/4 tsp
curry leaves few
salt a pinch
sesame oil 2tsp

Boil water in a pan and take the rice flour in a bowl,add salt.Add the boiled water to the flour slowly,keep stirring with the back of a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.Leave until its warm to touch.Knead the dough to get a smooth dough.Make small balls less than marble size (as these swell on steaming).Keep in a steamer separated and steam for 5-7 mins on medium flame till its cooked and gets a shiny finish.Remove from heat and keep aside.

Heat sesame oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.When it crackles,add broken dry red chillies,curry leaves.Add in the dals and fry.Add the grated coconut ,give a quick stir.
Add the steamed kozhukattai ,mix well and add a pinch of salt.
Add the idli milagu podi,give a quick toss and serve !!

Servings ~ 2-3 adults

* If you wish to make a less spicy version then omit the idli milagu podi or use less.But I personally feel idli milagu podi adds flavor and spice to these kozhukattai.
* Though I mentioned 1 cup of water but always boil slightly more than required as it differs from flour to flour and you shouldn't fall short of boiled water once mixing in dough.
* You can use any vegetable oil but sesame oil adds a nice aroma and taste.
* Always make small balls to get the desired taste.