Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Spicy Ammini Kozhukattai (Steamed rice balls tempered with a spicy lentil mixture)

Today, I will be sharing with you all a savory dish "Spicy Ammini Kozhukattai", often prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi was on the 17th of September. I had prepared it then . But was too busy to post the recipe on the blog. We loved this dish so much that, I even prepare it as a snack on regular days and serve it with tea. It is easy to prepare and healthy too. Its vegan and gluten free (use gluten free asafoetida in that case).

I had heard about this recipe from my husband and started searching for a good recipe. I found a good recipe here, followed it and was so happy with the result. This recipe has 3 steps. First you need to make marble sized rice balls. The second step would be to prepared lentil mixture. Third step is to prepare the tempering and add rice balls and the lentil mixture. Garnish with freshly grated coconut and serve warm with tea.Without wasting any more time, let me share with you all this easy and healthy recipe.

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml

For the rice balls
  • Rice flour : 1/2 cup
  • Oil : 2 tsp + little more while kneading
  • Salt as need
  • Water : 1/2 cup +little more while kneading
For the lentil mixture
  • Urad Dal / Black Lentil : 1/4th cup
  • Chana Dal / Bengal gram : 1 tbsp
  • Small green chillies : 2 (or as per taste)
  • Asafoetida / Hing : 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Sugar : 1 tsp (optional)
For tempering :
  • Oil : 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chillies : 2 (broken)
  • Curry leaves : 5-6
Additionally Freshly shredded coconut for garnish.

  • Soak black lentils and bengal gram in enough water  for about 1-2 hours.
  • Add salt and 2 tsp oil to water and bring it to a boil.

  • Once it starts to boil, add the rice flour. Mix well and turn off the heat. Keep it covered for 15 minutes.

  • Take the flour in a plate and knead it into a non sticky dough. Sprinkle some water and add a little oil if needed to help you in the kneading process.Once done, keep the dough covered.

  • Make small balls of the dough (size of the small marble balls). Once done , keep them in a greased vessel/ plate and steam them for about 10 minutes.Set it aside.

  • Drain the water and grind the lentils with salt, asafoetida and green chillies. 
  • Steam the lentil mixture for 10 minutes . Note: I prepared the lentil mixture and the rice balls and steamed them together.

  • Once the lentil mixture is steamed, set it aside to cool. Later, crumble the mixture with hand.

  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. When hot, add the mustard seeds, dry red chillies ,curry leaves and asafoetida. When the seeds start to splutter, add the crumbled lentil mixture. Mix well.

  • Add the steamed rice balls. Mix . Add  sugar if needed.

  • Lastly add the freshly grated coconut and serve warm.


  1. That looks so yummy and tempting.. Love to grab few ammini kozhukattas.. :)

  2. Ammini kozhukattai looks great shubha.I too have some ammini kozhukattai recipe in blog.

  3. perfectly made kolukkatai...good healthy snack

  4. Making this dish is too much for me. But .................. I love the taste and aroma.

  5. Adding lentil mixture is quiet new!! Looks yum!!

  6. Ahaaa, the dish is new to me but these balls look absolute cute... like small pearls... nice dish dear

  7. I agree to Gauri, this recipe is totally new to me but sounds very interesting. Love it