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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Undrallu with Ginger Chutney

Undrallu is a savoury steamed rice ball, which is offered as a neivedyam during Ganesh Chaturthi. These taste like upma made with rice rawa. Undrallu is an Andhra name for these steamed rice balls. Undrallu goes well with ginger chutney, which taste like the kerala Inji puli. When offering to Lord Ganesha, only Undrallu is offered as neivedyam.

Ingredients for Undrallu

1 cup - Rice ( Basmati , sona masuri or long grain rice )
2 tbsp - Chana dal, washed
1/2 tsp - Cumin seeds / Jeera
2 tbsp - Grated fresh coconut
1/2 tsp - Salt
2 cups - Water


1 ) Wash rice well and drain all the water. Spread on a paper napkin to dry out all the water. Rice grains have to be fully dry. It could take about one hour or so.

2 ) Grind the rice grains in a blender/ grinder to a rawa consistency.

3 ) Place a saucepan on the stove with water, chana dal, cumin and salt. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to a medium heat, pour in the rice rawa slowly into the boiling water and keep stirring. Stir till all the water is absorbed by the rice rawa. Add grated coconut and stir in well. Turn off the stove, cover with a lid.

4 ) After 15 minutes, spread on a lighlty greased plate. With wet hands make small balls. Sprinkle some water if rawa is too hard or breaking.

5 ) Use a idli steaming stand to steam these rice balls. Place rice balls as shown in picture below.

6 ) Place idli stand in a pressure cooker with little water to steam. Cover the pressure cooker and steam for 10 minutes.

Serve hot with ginger chutney

Ginger Chutney

This is a chutney that is a bit sweet with the jaggery, tangy with the tamarind, spicy with the chilies and ginger. A chutney that goes well with dosa, idli, vada or Mysore bonda


3 '' inch piece - Ginger, chopped to small pieces
1 tbsp - Coriander seeds
1 tbsp - Urad dal
1/4 tsp - Methi seeds / Uluva
4 to 6 - Dry red chili
2 tbsp - Jaggery, grated
2 flakes - Garlic, chopped ( optional )
1 lime size - Tamarind, seedless
Salt to taste


1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Urad dal
1/2 tsp - Chana dal
1/4 tsp - Jeera / Cumin seeds
2 pinch - Hing
1 sprig - Curry leaf


1 ) In a kadai, pour 1 tbsp oil, add urad dal, coriander seeds, methi and fry lightly on low heat. Add chilies and fry lightly. Drain the fried ingredient out of the oil, transfer into a blender. Run the blender and powder the ingredients.

2 ) In the same kadai with oil, add ginger, garlic and fry lightly, till the raw smell goes away. Doesn't have to be crisp. Transfer ginger & garlic into the blender.

3 ) Soak tamarind in little water and make it soft. Add tamarind & jaggery into the blender. Grind all the ingredients together to a smooth paste. Add salt to taste and very little water to just make the blender move.

4 ) To season, on a low heat, heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and let it pop. Then add urad dal, chana dal and fry it lightly. Then add jeera, hing and curry leaves. Now add ground chutney and mix in well.

Serve with Undrallu.

Latha of The 'yum' blog is hosting festival cooking event for Ganesh chaturthi. Sending Undrallu as an entry for this event.


Siri said...

Undrallu and Allam Chutney... I was planning to make these for this Vinayaka Chavithi...thanks for the recipe..:D..
We can also get the "Rice Rawa" readymade in the indian stores instead of grinding the rice..:)..Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family..

Rajitha said...

we make something like the undrallu but it is called upma kozhulattai ..the ingredients are the same..just a lil diff in proportions..urs looks yummy!

Sharmi said...

that looks simply awesome and out of this world. they have a perfect shape. going to bookmark it!

Prajusha said...

undrallu looks like our kozhukatta rite. looks great with ginger chutney

Padma said...

Undrallu looks beautiful, bookmarked your recipe to do it on Ganesh Chaturthi...Looks so divine and may Vinayaka shower all his blessings on you and your family....

Roopa said...

both the dishes look delish :)
happy vinayak chauthi

Latha Narasimhan said...

call this upma kozhukattai! nice dish pravs! Did you see the round up?

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful recipe!!! and this looks as gorgeous as the paal payasam.

Seena said...

Both looking great!
Happy Ganesha Chathurthi..!

Asha said...

Gorgeous looking dishes.I love the way you steamed them.Wonderful entry girl.Enjoy Ganesha tomorrow!:)

Richa said...

looks like a lovely combo! the flecks of chana dal look so good in the undrallu.

amna said...

looks a lot like kozhukkatta that amma makes :) ginger chutney pic is really nice

bha said...

I m so naive about the south indian cuisine, and first when i saw the pic, i thought that they were rava ladoos, and was confounded bout why ginger chutney for rava ladoos. Of course all these things got clear whn i read the post...thanks for introducing me to such new things

Mishmash ! said...

You seem to be having a good collection of south indian recipes...a trademark of an expert :)


Pravs said...

Hi Siri: Thanks for coming by. Let me know how it turned out. Yes, you do get ready made rice rawa. I like to make fresh. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family too.

Hi Rajitha : Thanks..try this recipe too.

Hi Sharmi : Thanks... they are easy to make. Do try.

Hi Prajusha : Yes it looks like kozhukatta, but doesn't have any filling inside. This is savoury, taste like rice rawa upma.

Hi Padma : Thank you so much. May lord Ganesha, shower your family too with blessings. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family.

Hi Roopa : Happy Ganesh Chatruthi to you and your family too.

Hi Latha : Yes i did see the round-up.Lovely..you did a great job. You will get this post too for your next event.

Hi lakshmi: Thank you :) I hope you try this.

Hi Seena : Thank you :)

Hi Asha : Thank you.. you too have a happy ganesh chatruthi with your family.

Hi Richa : Thanks :D

Hi Nags : Try this one out.

Hi Bhags : You welcome. Even i am discovering new food through blogging.

Kribha said...

We call this as upma kozhukattai in our place. Looks so delicious with the ginger chutney. I've eaten this but never tried to make it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Prema Sundar said...

Upma kozhukattai and ginger chutney sure must be a great combo.. looks good.

EC said...

nice recipe and perfect snap...although i never heard of it before. thanks

Lissie said...

undrallu looks like kozhukkatta without jaggery. nice ginger chutney recipe!

neroli said...

Pravs, this is a fantastic recipe for a ginger-loving person like myself!
Thank you.

neroli said...

I'm sorry to have pressed the publish before I wished you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Vcuisine said...

Undrallu and ginger chutney are looking great and they looks like made for each other Pravs. Hope you enjoyed your celebrations. Viji

Anh said...

This is new to me. I love the idea of a savory rice balls! :) And the ginger chutney sounds so delicious, too.

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Purnima said...

Pravs..finally I made this chutney n my hubby tried it and like it even with rice!!!! We also had it for brkfast wt Idli! Tks for posting!

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s said...

i tried these out..they were YUM!! thanks a bunch

Anonymous said...

Dr. likes undraalu... she's gonna make it for me :P

Unknown said...

great combo...undrallu and Ginger Chutney

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. This morning, for pooja, made this as neivedyam for dear Ganesha. Felt so happy tasting it and imagining that Ganesha too would have liked it :-)