Rice Balls/Neer Kozhukkattai:
Kozhukattai is nothing but a rice dumpling, made by steaming freshly ground rice into balls, it can be made as both sweet and salt version. As we know any steamed food is extremely good for health. Here is the salt version.This will be soft and tasty with Kanagambara chutney.
Boiled Rice 1 cup (rice rava also can be used)
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Green or red Chillies chopped 2 no.
Salt 1 tsp
Grated Coconut ½ cup
Oil 2 tbsp
Moong dal-2 tbsp (optional)
Curry Leaves 1 stalks
Wash the rice and moong dal separately. Soak rice in 3 cups of water for about 2 hours.Soak dal in enough water to cover.
Grind rice, with 1 cup of water to a coarse consistency, add salt.Transfer to a vessel.
Drain moong dal completely,mix it into the ground rice.
Put the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add cumin seeds ,and chillies,curry leaves .
Add ground rice mixed moong dal and stir it.
Pour about 1 1/2 cups of water in it, stirring frequently over medium heat, till the rice is cooked to the consistency to make balls, switch off the flame.
Add coconut and mix well, Cool the mixture.
Shape into small lemon sized, oval-shaped balls and steam- cook for 10-12 minutes, placing it on Idly plates.
Serve with Kanagambara thovayal, tomato or chilli chutney.