Friday, December 11, 2009

Steamed Rice Balls with Brinjal Gosthu

Steamed Rice balls also known as Upma kozhukattai-upma kolukattai is one of our family's favourite. It can be taken with sambar or chutney but tastes heavenly with Brinjal gotsu. Upma kozhukattai and Brinjal/eggplant gothsu are made for each other. I have given the recipe for brinjal gothsu also. For preparing Upma kozhukattai, you need rice rava. I have given 2 methods for preparing rice rava. Today we will learn how to make Upma Kozhukattai/Pidi Kozhukattai with brinjal/kathirikai gothsu following our easy recipe.

upma kozhakattai-steamed rice balls

Preparing the rice rava- There are 2 methods to prepare this

1.Grind rice coarsely like rava/semolina in a mixie and sieve it. Use the rice rava for making this dish.

2.Soak rice for 20 minutes. Spread it on a cloth to dry and grind it coarsely like rava. Sieve it and store it. If you have a rice mill near your place, you can get it ground coarsely like rava.

Upma Kozhukattai with Kathirikai Gothsu

Upma Kozhukattai

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice Rava - 1 cup
   Tur dal - 2 tbsp
   Coconut - 1/4 cup (grated)
   Salt to taste

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 3 tbsp
   Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
   Asafoetida - a pinch
   Red Chillies -3
   Curry leaves - few leaves

   Ingredients needed 

   For Brinjal Gothsu/Kathirikkai Gotsu

   Brinjal -1/4 kg or 250 grams or 2 cups heaped (chopped)
   Onion - 3 (medium size) finely chopped or 1 cup
   Green chillies - 2
   Tomato - 3/4 cup finely chopped
   Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball
   Sambar powder - 1 1/2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt to taste

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 5 tsp
   Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
   Curry leaves - few leaves

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves -2 tbsp finely chopped


Soak tur dal for 15-20 minutes in hot water. After that, drain the water completely, grind it coarsely and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add asafoetida, red chillies and curry leaves.

making of Pidi Kozhukattai

Then add ground tur dal and sauté for a few minutes.

Add grated coconut and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

how to make upma kozhukattai

Add 2 cups of hot water and needed salt. The quantity of water will differ (approximately 2-2 1/2 cups for 1 cup of rice rava) according to the quality of rice.

upma kozhukattai recipe

kara kozhukattai with rice rava

When water starts boiling, lower the heat and add the rice rava slowly with one hand and keep stirring with your other hand.

Pidi Kozhukattai recipe

Cook on medium flame, stirring from time to time until all the water evaporates and the upma leaves the sides of the pan. Leave it to cool.

Dip your hands slightly in water and make oval shaped balls out of it. (dipping hands in water prevent the upma from sticking to your hands).

how to make upma kolukatai

Bring water to boil in a steamer or idli cooker, place the kozhukattai on the greased idli mold or steamer.

Steam cook the kozhukattais for 15-20 minutes. (You can use idli cooker or pressure pan for steaming. Do not use weight/whistle for pressure pan while steaming).

steaming upma kolukatai

steaming upma kozhukattai

Delicious Upma kozhakattai is ready.

Upma kozhukattai-Pidi Kozhukattai

Now we will prepare the Brinjal Gothsu-Kathirikai Gotsu


Cut brinjal into small pieces or cubes.

Soak tamarind in 1 1/4 cup of warm water, extract the juice and discard the pulp. Keep it aside.


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves.

Add onions and sauté until it turns transparent.

Add green chillies, chopped brinjals, turmeric powder, salt needed and sambar powder.

Cook covered on low flame stirring from time to time until the brinjals are three fourth cooked. You can sprinkle a little water in between while cooking.

Then add chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are mushy.

Once tomatoes are cooked, add tamarind extract and boil until the raw flavor goes.

You can add 1/2 tsp of rice flour mixed with a little water in the end to thicken if needed but not necessary. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with upma kolukattai.

Serve Upma Kozhukattai with brinjal gothsu. A delicious and easy recipe that you can prepare for dinner or even for lunch. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

upma kolukattai with brinjal gosthuServe Upma kozhukattai with hot Brinjal Gotsu.

Note - You can also use store bought idli rice rava.

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  1. Hi padhu,

    Thx for visiting my blog, dear..Glad to follow u...ur way of presentation is simply all ur yummy recipes!

  2. Both rice balls and gosthu looks together wonderful...delicious dish!

  3. this is a very different kind of meal for me....came here first time and i am happy that i could see a pure regional will be on my try list now...

  4. Looks yummy and yes, its a very different meal.

  5. lovely click and nice recipe too...

  6. Nice combination and presentation dear...Delicious.

  7. You sound like me, Creative and Eager to learn new things (oh and friendly too):). This dish is new to me and I am eager to try it! Looks wonderful!

  8. Something new to me...bookmaked,looks delish....

  9. wow..lovely clicks dear...rice balls and brinjal curry looks delicious.

  10. That's an interesting combo...must be delicious too :-)

  11. Tasty upma kozhakkattai and gotsu. Ideal combo. Very well presented.


  12. Padhu, your Upma kozhukattai looks awesome. I'm so happy that I know and have tasted this dish. My MIL makes them. BUt we normally have it with Sambar and chutney. Brinjal Gosthu is new to me. Recipe sounds yummy and it looks delicious.Love Ur presentation too.

  13. Loved your brinjal gravy ! I guess it would be perfect side-dish for rice too rt ...

  14. I love gosthu a lot....
    Best combination with Idli's
    This is new to me with Kozhukattai. Will soon give a try

  15. thanks for visiting my blog, oh yummy, like an easier version of idly will follow to get more Indian recipes, my hubby is South Indian Rebecca

  16. Thanks for your visit to my blog. You're blog is quite good. Great recipes.

  17. Hi Padhu, How are u da?
    Missed lot of your delicious post will catch asap.
    Upma kozhukattai with kathrikai gothsu what an delectable combo, yummy.

  18. Hi PAdhu - thanks for stopping by my blog - you have a wonderful blog here! Bookmarked!

    My mom used to make these often - they look perfect and the gosthu is a perfect side dish for this!

  19. Nice recipe and lovely click...

  20. Oh! This looks absolutely beautiful! I really love the presentation, I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing:)

  21. Gotsu for kozhukattai is great idea!

  22. Looks tasty to me and sure wanna try it.

  23. Padhu thats a healthy combination also light for dinner meals. I loved both the recipes equally.

  24. upma korakatta... ha ha that was an interesting recipe.

  25. I have never tasted kozhukattais this way with the brinjal kothsu; delicious combination!! that's a yummy butterfly there!!!

  26. Hi Padhu, nicely written recipe... mouth watering pics... this is my favorite tiffin.. i add pepper in kozhukattai (we call 'beerangi') instead of mirchi... Good one, keep going!

  27. This is totally a new dish for me. Looks yummy.

  28. Just looking to the pic i am drroling here.

  29. This is very new and different to me..Looks reral nice!

  30. I love gosthu,sounds great to dunk in the rice balls :D

  31. A real new dish to me..Sounds wonderful and looks yummy..Love the clicks..

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  33. Hi.Loved the recipe, bookmarked.
    Following you.
    Do drop by

  34. Great new recipe for me padhu..Will def give it a shot..:)

  35. Yum! I love Indian food. This is the first time I've seen your blog, and I love it. Thanks for giving us these animal-friendly recipes.

  36. Lovely picture dear. very nice recipe.

  37. love everything with brinjal in it! nice!!!

  38. My favorite gosthu,with upma,lovely combo

  39. Brinjan kothsu is the best combo with those rice balls... how I wish I can have some of it right now :-)

  40. Tried this today ! Came out really well, thank you !


    Do check out my blog at Thank you.

  41. HI Padhu, am making this for Ganesh chavithi this year. Plz how much salt do you use? I cook without tasting on puja days, so end up using very less salt or on occasions too much. :( For this given quantity of rice rava? Thank you.

  42. Archana - I never measure salt. I just sprinkle on curries. My rule is for eg If I have have to cook 1 cup rice - I add 1/2 tsp salt. You may need a little more than that but it is always better to cook with less salt as you can add it later if required.
    So for 1 cup of rice rava, add 1/2 tsp salt and a pinch. (this is an approximate measure)

  43. Tried today was delicious. The combination of gosthu with rice balls is awesome. I used rice rava bought from shop shld I fry it before I prepare the dish?

    1. So nice to know that. You do not have to fry it.


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