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Undrallu / Steamed Rice Dumplings

VegCookBook by Praveena
South Indian Traditional Telugu style recipe for Vinayaka Chavithi. Vegan, Gluten Free, Steamed Rice dumplings. Both stove top & Instant Pot methods given.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 12 count


  • Blender/Grinder/Mixie.
  • Sauce Pan / Vessel (for stove-top method)
  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker (for IP method)


  • 1 cup White Rice (uncooked)
  • (3+2) cups Water (for cooking)
  • teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Chana Dal / Senagapappu / Split Yellow Gram
  • 2 teaspoons Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Coconut pieces (tiny size) (optional)


  • Put a broad deep vessel / pan on stove-top under medium flame.
    Pour the water(3 cups), salt, chana dal and jeera into the pan. Bring to boil.
  • In the mean while, take the rice (uncooked) into a spice blender / mixie and grind into fine powder.
  • When the water boils & bubbles start forming, reduce the flame to low and slowly add the ground rice powder (in parts).
    Keep stirring continuously with the other hand.
    Until, all the water & ground rice powder are combined well and forms a solid mix.
  • Let it cool completely (takes around 10 mins). Using your hands, make small balls from the mix.
  • Put the undrallu / dumplings either in a colander or in an idli stand.


  • Pour 2 cups of water in a wide stove-top vessel (or) a stove top pressure cooker.
    Put a small steel cup at the centre of the vessel, place the colander on it.(see pic in main post)
    Or place the IDLI stand in the vessel (or) pressure cooker (without whistle).
    Close with LID.
    Steam cook them under high flame, for about 12 to 15 mins.
    Switch the flame off, but open the lid only after 5 mins, then serve. Done!!


  • Pour 2 cups of water into the Inner Pot.
    Place all the undrallu / dumplings into a steel vessel / colander.
    Put the vessel on the steel insert / stand that fits in the Instant pot vessel.
    Close the gadget with IP lid, set to STEAM mode with VALVE to VENTING, for 12-15 mins (external timer has to be used).
    Switch the gadget off, but open the lid only after 5 mins, then serve. Done!!


Please see the MAIN POST for step wise pics & recipe TIPS!
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