Thursday, December 19, 2013

Steamed Rice Dumpling a.k.a Oondhi/ Undhi

I have been thinking of this for some time. A Konkani dish - Oondhi / Undi/ Undhi - a seasoned steamed rice dumpling.  I went looking for it online and landed at Red Chillies.  It turned out quite well.  A dish that does not require any soaking and fermentation.  And the few leftover dumplings were pan fried for another tasty snack.

Ingredients :

Fine Rice Rava - 1 cup ( I used Idli rava - which worked as well, but I feel fine rice rava would be better)
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Salt to taste

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Ginger finely chopped - to taste
Green chilies - finely chopped - 2 nos or as per your spice tolerance
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - large pinch

Take a pan
Heat the oil
Add mustard seeds allow to splutter and then the urad dal.  Allow to brown slightly
Followed by methi seeds, ginger, curry leaves torn into pieces, green chilies
Add the water - bring to boil
Add the rava and salt
Stir till the water is absorbed by the rava and it begins to come together to form a mass/ dough like
Add the coconut

Take off fire.  Allow to cool ( not totally ) but till you are able to handle the dough
Rub your palms with oil or dip them in water - whatever suits you best
Take a piece of dough.  Make into a ball and then a depression in the middle
Place in a greased pan or idli stand
Steam for about 8-10 minutes
Serve hot with chutney, pickle, podi or sambar


  1. wow so perfectly made oondhi looks fantastic :) very tempting !!

  2. Nice looking Undis! Radha. I haven't made them since quite some time. And I liked the idea of using rice rawa - saves a lot of time. Thanks. Will try this out.

  3. Perfect breakfast recipe.. looks yummy!!

  4. Never had these, they look so interesting, now I am tempted to try making it cos I don't think restaurants serve this!

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