Thursday, April 21, 2016

Saamai Pidi (Upma) Kozhukattai / Savory Little Millet Dumplings ~ Day 99

This is a healthy, quick and delicious snack to make and is one of my favorite comfort food.  Little millet is available in Indian stores and it is called  Indian Sawa Millet.  Below is a picture of the Upvas brand that I used.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Yields: 25 Kozhukattais (Dumplings)

  • Little millet / Saamai - 3/4 cup
  • Cream of rice - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Green chilies - 4, finely chopped
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp, chopped
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut or coconut pieces - 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few,  finely chopped

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan and splutter mustard seeds.  Add urad dal and asafoetida, fry until golden brown.  Add the green chilies, ginger and curry leaves.  Saute for 10 seconds.
  2. Add 3 cups of water along with the salt and coconut.  Bring it to a boil.  Add the millet.  
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the millet absorbs 75 % of the water.  Now add the cream of rice and cook until all the water is absorbed and the mixture is dry.  Let it cool to the touch.
  4. Prepare a steamer.  Take a lemon sized millet mixture and make a dumpling out of it by pressing between your palm.  Place the dumplings in the steamer and steam cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with coconut chutney or by itself.

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