Quinoa pidi kozhakattai- steamed dumplings

It is back to the festival time in India. Starting with Onam (which we did not celebrate this year due to floods and destruction) we went through Rakshabandan and Gokulashtami. The upcoming array is equally daunting and will go pretty much all the way up to May next year.
With some major ones line up close by, the Ganesha Chaturthi, Navrathri and Deepawali, not to mention the candy overflow for Halloween and Christmas bakes, I am a bit sceptical about the number of sweet stuff that going to flow back into the house. The fact is that we have pretty much eliminated a large number of decadent sweets and white sugar off for a while now, I don’t wish it would filter back in. So this year you are in for desserts and treats which will not make you buy white sugar anymore. Hope that sounds good… Lets still keep the happiness button on and see how far we push it this time.

Ganesha Chaturthi memes

It was a few years back when we I came back from work and I saw that my husband and children have prepared for Ganesha Chaturthi with a beautiful store-bought cake. The logic was simple…if we celebrate our birthdays with a cake why not for god!! My dear mother in law played along to the scene and we all had a fun one with modakams and a cake offered side by side. But somehow…this did not digest well with my dad and he expressed his displeasure at this. Well, we did not go to object but just realised we created a tiny family tradition for ourselves.. 😇during Ganesha Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha seemed to have accepted our ways for the total foodie he is, this must have been a good change from the routine ladoos and modaks…

Recipe for today

The current recipe is one with a  very healthy twist. As there are enough modakam recipes (sweet dumplings made typically for this festival) floating around online, we felt he (LordGaneshaa)may prefer something savoury. We also wanted to keep it healthy which is our main goal for the season. So here we have Quinoa pidi kozhakattai. Quinoa pidi kozhakattai is a steamed dumpling made with cooked quinoa which is infused with a spicy tempering. Scroll down for this wholesome recipe.
If you will like easy to prepare naivedyams (food offerings) for Ganesha festival here is a list you can try.
If you are looking for an easy quinoa recipe, I have one more on Paarul’s Kitchen,
So till I catch you later this week with something yummy for the festive season. Till then enjoy the posts, Tweet, Pin or catch us up on the instafamily.
This recipe is added to the #161 Foodie Monday Blog hop as an addition to the collection of Ganesha Chathurthi recipes. Catch up with this group of amazing bloggers for their weekly appropriate themes and pin your favourites.

Quinoa pidi kozhakattai

Quinoa steamed dumplings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, South indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 254 kcal


For quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa White or red
  • 3 cups drinking water

for the Dal

  • 3 tbsp Moong dal
  • 1 cup drinking water

For the tempering

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil swap for any neutral oil with a good smoking point
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 small dry red chilli broken into bits
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 small green chilli chopped ( optional)
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • salt to taste

for steaming

  • 3 cups drinking water


  • Wash drain and keep the quinoa aside.
  • Bring the three cups of water to a boil and add the quinoa. Cover and cook till the quinoa is done.
  • In a seperate cooking pot add moong dal and water and cook it till it is soft but stays as seperate grains.
  • Drain and set aside
  • In a pan heat the oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • As they splutter add the urad dal, followed by the curry leaves and red chillies.
  • Roast till the urad dal turns golden and then add the ginger, chilli and mix well.
  • Add the coconut and let it roast for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the drained cooked moong dal and the quinoa.
  • Remove from heat and mix well till the cocout tempering mixture is incorporated well.
  • Allow this to cool for 5 minutes or till you can manage to make balls out of it with your hands.
  • Take lime sized portions and make oblong balls out of the mixture.
  • Set a steamer with water and into the steamer basket ( or the plates of the idly cooker), place the balls you have made
  • Steam for about 10 minutes.
  • Allow it to remain in the steamer till you are ready to eat.
  • Serve with chutney or crushed jagerry (unfiltered cane sugar)


The mixture can be made ahead for a busy day. I go all the way till making little balls and then place them in the refrigerator to steam in the morning.
You can add grated carrots, zucchini to the mixture, just saute it along with the coconut in the tempering.


Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 378mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1g
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Poonam Bachhav
2 years ago

Savory mung dal and quinoa steamed balls sound very interesting and healthy recipe Seema ! I am sure Ganesha would love this offering ..awesome share for the theme .

The Girl Next Door
2 years ago

I love the pidi kozhukattai we make with rice, and am pretty sure I would love this healthy twist to them too.   Beautiful picture too!

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago

Quite a different recipe for me, am sure Ganesha welcomed the savory offering. I love quinoa so will be trying out this recipe. Healthy and filling and can be made anytime of the year.

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