Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena
PrepTime:2 mins CookTime:25 mins Cuisine:South Indian
Undrallu and Modakam are the most favourite foods for Ganesha to be offered as nayivedyam. And for Hindus, this is a most commonly known fact as well.
Today being the most pious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chavithi, celebrated as the birth incarnation of Lord Ganesha (the elephant headed God of Hindus) . I made these tasty delicacies as a part of the nayivedyam thali / offerings for the Gods.
There are many varieties of recipes for undrallu and modakam, as per the family tradition and regional customs of India. I am sharing this savoury recipe as per the traditional recipe of Telugu States in South of India.
Undrallu / steamed rice dumplings, is a a savoury recipe, where no spice is added, except for some salt for seasoning. Irrespective of which they taste excellently tasty!!
These are not just made during Vinayaka Chavithi, but also made as regular breakfast item or for dinner too. Hence, adding them to my breakfast recipes collection.
Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.
Traditional festive recipes collection⇒ Traditional Indian Recipes for Festivals / Panduga Nayivedyalu
Indian Festive Platters / Thali⇒ Vindhu Bhojanam / Festive Lunch
Laddoo recipes collection⇒ Laddoo Recipes / Indian Energy Balls
Chutney recipes collection⇒ Chutney / Pachchadi / Dip
- White Rice (uncooked) – 1 cup
- Water – 3 cups + 2 cups (for cooking)
- Salt – 1½ teaspoons
- Chana Dal / Senagapappu / Split Yellow Gram – 2 teaspoons
- Jeera / Cumin Seeds – 2 teaspoons
- Fresh Coconut pieces (tiny size) – 2 tablespoons (optional)
- Chana Dal / Senagapappu / Split Yellow Gram
- Fresh Coconut pieces (optional)
Step wise pics Procedure for Undrallu / Steamed rice dumplings:
- Whatever might be the size of the cup, the measurements are same.
- Adjust the salt as per your taste.
- Fresh Coconut pieces can be added to the water in the pan before boiling.
- When you start pouring the ground rice powder, don’t stop stirring continuously with the other hand.
- Once you cook the mix, cool it and make the undrallu (dumplings) immediately, if not the mix would become dry and will not be good for shaping.
- The cooked undrallu / dumplings can be warmed and served, suggested only for few hours though.
- Generally, Undrallu / steamed rice dumplings, being a savoury recipe, these are eaten with any chutney as a condiment or with sugar…but lots of ghee / butter is smeared on.
- They taste very good even without any spice added too.
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