Festival Recipes

Ammini Kozhukattai | Steamed rice flour dumplings | Naivedyam recipes

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we begin a new Mega BM today – JTTC (Journey through the cuisines). 

I have chosen Tamilnadu cuisine this month to add these dishes to my blog’s repertoire :it was a wonderful opportunity to read so much about the cuisine I cook almost everyday, and hopefully you – the reader – would also enjoy this journey with me.

Most of the dishes are simple, everyday fare made a little jazzy with props, And some of them are first trial dishes. Some of the experiments especially Naivedyams (sweet festival offerings) didn’t go well at first trial, while some surprisingly went well. I have documented all these, and hope you enjoy reading about them as well 🙂

I have chosen 6 sub categories to showcase Tamilnadu cuisine – Snacks , Naivedyams (offering to God), Bhakshanams (festival / ocacssion specific recipes), Main Course (flat breads / Rice), Sides (gravies / stir fries) & traditional Sweets. 

Most of the dishes feature the authentic Tamil names, and i have provided the english / hindi equivalent as far as possible. Also, Most of the recipes are satvic (no onion-garlic) and vegan too. 


Hope you enjoy this journey of Tamil cuisine as presented in the next few weeks. 

Today we begin the Mega BM with Alphabet A : I had Aval Payasam (rice flakes kheer), Arisi Upma (broken rice savoury pudding) as the other shortlists but was keen to make today’s dish as I had not made any Kozhukattai (steamed dumpling) from scratch. 


This recipe is regularly featured as naivedyam (offering) to the Elephant God (Ganesh / Ganpati) during the festival season. I had bookmarked Rak’s recipe to try, and with a minor variation it turned to be a great hit. 


Makes for a simple low fat snack after school too, so festival or not, we are sure to make this often.Keep the proportions accurate and we get a guilt free snack in 20 mins flat. 

This is spiced up with a light tempering, so makes for a delightful snack anytime of the day, especially for unannounced guests. 

Now, lets get to the recipe:

Prep time : 5 mins, cook time : 15 mins ,Serves : 2

Ammini Kozhukattai – A Vegan rice flour steamed mini dumplings

Course : snack / offering to God ; Cuisine : South Indian (Tamilnadu)


  • Rice flour / Idiyappam flour / Modak flour – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 TBSP (divided use)


  • Mustard seeds (1 tsp)
  • urad dal (1/2 tsp), 
  • curry leaves
  • broken red chillies (1)
  • asafoetida (a pinch) 
  • scraped coconut (2 tsp)



  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add 1/4 tsp of salt and 1 TBSP of oil. Sprinkle 2 tsp of rice flour and quickly close it. Let the flour cook for 1-2 mins. 
  2. Now add the rest of the flour and mix vigorously. Cover to cook on low/medium heat for 3-4 mins. 
  3. Switch off the flame. 
  4. When the dough comes to slightly more than room temperature, gently knead with oiled hands. 
  5. Make a cylinder with the dough and pinch into small roundels. Meanwhile keep a steamer with adequate water to boil)
  6. Steam these mini dumplings for 8-9 mins till glossy. Dont overcook them else they would turn rubbery.
  7. Once they cool, prepare the tempering with the remaining oil and tempering ingredients. Toss the kozhukattai in these and serve immediately.



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  1. Amara’s cooking

    Ammini Kozhukattai is mouthwatering. Perfectly done:)

  2. vaishali sabnani

    Kalyani i knew you would come up with a low cal recipe , i am sure we shall see a lot more . To put the cuisine into categories is interesting .

  3. MySpicyKitchen

    Ammini kozhukattai have turned out beautifully. Very tempting naivedyam and a snack.

  4. What a beautiful looking dish Kalyani. Perfectly made. Looking forward to your Tamil recipes this month.

  5. Suma Gandlur

    Great start! Besides neivedyam, this makes a great guiltfree snack too. Looking forward to your other Tamil dishes this month.

  6. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Kalyani, we had so much fun planning dishes during our little chit chats. I am looking forward to all your Tamil dishes. Coming to the recipe, the ammini kozhukattai looks awesome. I love making this when there is left over outer covering after making pooranam kozhukattai.

  7. Kalyani, fantastic sub categories. I know it must have been challenging to do that..kudos on that…though I am surprised you are doing ammini kozhukattai only now..though I guess it helped you for this..:)

  8. Gayathri Kumar

    That is am amazing start to the BM Kalyani. I love this tiny kozhukattai so much and you have done it perfectly..

  9. Superb choice and fantastic sub themes Kalyani and those small white ball looking like pearls so beautiful and looking forward to your other recipes.

  10. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    I don't know how u guys managed to do 26 dishes from the same cuisine. Hats off to that first! !!
    Ammini kozhukattai looks super tempting, my favourite too!!

  11. Priya Suresh

    Am sure you gonna rock with your sub categories, and waiting to all those traditional dishes from Tamil cuisine. Way to go Kalyani. Btw these tiny balls makes me drool.

  12. The Pumpkin Farm

    wow kalyani…26 tamil recipes …i am so eager to learn now from you, post blogging my perspective about this cuisine changed a lot especially due to knowing so many from the south….yet i am sure i dont know even 10% of this cuisine up until now…personally i love kozhukattai a lot….i can munch on it any time…great start

  13. It was only a year back that I fell in love with his dish. Yours have come out so well kalyani . Eager to see what you have up next.

  14. cookingwithsapana

    Wow very interesting theme Kalyani.Month long Tamil recipes ,looking forward to seeing them.Ammini Kozhukattai looks so delicious.

  15. Srividhya

    Same pinch for tamil recipes. You have perfect round shapes man.. so amazing.

  16. cute looking ammini kozhukkattais… The sphere shaps looks so perfect. Nice clicks… Looking forward for more such tamil recipes

  17. Smruti Ashar

    Kalyani, superb choice and amazing recipe. Looking forward to 25 more recipes from Tamil Nadu. Amazing 🙂

  18. Love this humble offering to Lord Ganesha. Looking forward to the rest of the dishes..

  19. Nalini's Kitchen

    Samecpinch I am also doing the same cuisine and the sub themes sound interesting. Ammini Kozhukattai is our family's favorite and looks so delicious, such a guilt free snack.

  20. Saraswathi Ganeshan

    My five yrs old son really love this mini bites.. Most request dish from him..After seeing your click he badly need some for him..

  21. Chef Mireille

    look so soft and fluffy – great way to start the marathon

  22. They look so cute and have turned out very well.. This is my dads favourite and a frequently made snack at home…

  23. Vibha likes these cute amini kozhakatai. Looks very tempting kal and such a lovely start to this marathon

  24. A Kamalika Krishmy

    This is an addictive snack. Its healthy as well

  25. That's a delicious and beautiful snack. I remember making it just once and yes it tasted awesome. Must try yet again.

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