Vadakki Mudde : rice mudde / Steamed & Spiced rice balls

Ingredients: (makes 8 medium sized ball)
Idli rava - 2 cups or Roasted rice - coarsely powdered.
Coconut oil -  4-5 Tbs
Water - 31/2 cups or as needed
Salt - 11/4 tbs or to taste

For Tempering
Coconut oil - 1 tbs
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tbs
Urad dal - 1/2 tbs
Hing or asafetida - a pinch

For Masala:
Channa dal - 2-1/2 Tbs
Red Chilly -2
Coriander seeds - 1 tbs
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tbs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
Turmeric - 1/4 tbs
Coconut powder - 2 Tbs
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tbs
Curry leaves - 4-5

  1. Roast all masala ingredients  except coconut powder until nice aroma comes out of it.
  2. Coarsely grind the roasted masala with coconut powder and keep it aside
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, hing.
  4. Once it starts to splatter, add ground masala powder and fry for couple of seconds.
  5. Add the idli rava or coarsely ground roasted rice.
  6. Add water, salt to make upma or uppittu.
  7. Add 2 tbs or coconut oil.
  8. Once the upma is ready, let it rest for 10 minutes.
  9. Make a medium sized ball from the upma.
  10. Brush or spray coconut oil to all the balls.
  11. Steam it for 10 minutes.
  12. I use Idli cooker to steam, it is easy and gives the best result.
  13. Serve warm with sambar or Ghee and Chutney powder combination.
  14. Enjoy!
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