Go Back
+ servings

Upma Kozhakattai

Steamed rice dumpling is a gluten free, vegan, nut free, savory dishes from the Indian cuisine.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Snack, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, South indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 129 kcal


For tempering.

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I prefer coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad Dal
  • 1 teaspoon Channa Dal
  • 2-3 dry red chilli ( or green chilli)
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida

For cooking the upma.

  • 1 cup rice rava
  • 2.5 cups drinking water
  • salt to taste

For garnish.

  • 2 tbsp grated coconut ( use Fresh)

For steaming the kozhakattai

  • 3 cups drinking water


  • In a large deep seasoned wok ( the rice rava tends to stick , use well seasoned wok) add the oil and slowly bring it up to warmth.  
  • Add the mustard seeds. When it splutters add the urad dal and channa dal.
  • As they turn golden add in the chillies and curry leaves followed by a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Add in the 2,5 cups of water, approximate amount of salt and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmr and slowly stir in the rice rava. Make sure no lumps are formed. Keep stirring.
  • Cover and simmer for three minutes. The water gets absorbed very fast.
  • Once the water is absorbed mix well and sprinkle the grated coconut.
  • Remove the cooked upma onto a large plate and spread it out so it can cool.
  • Once cool to handle, shape the mixture into balls or ovals.
  • This mixture will approximately yield 10 medium sized balls
  • Set water in a steamer and add the balls on a steamer tray. Do not overcrowd.
  • Steam for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with chutney and grated jaggery.
    upma kozhakattai, rice dumpling.


Serving: 70gCalories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0.04mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Keyword steamer recipe
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!