Recipe for Upma Kozhakattai with Thenga Thogayal
Upma, in its various forms, is a mainstay breakfast or tiffin item in most South Indian homes and Kozhakattai is something that Tamilians prepare during festivals. Upma Kozhakattai is none of these
My grandma used to make this one, once in 3 months or so- making it one of my favourite tiffins. (You get the drift? The rarer it’s made, the more it’s liked- or as goes the saying-familiarity breeds contempt) The common fellows like Idli, Dosai, Upma used to fall in the second category. I guess grandma would soak, dry and then grind the rice to obtain the base for making this dish. In today’s times, the above three steps are replaced by these three steps-a visit to the supermarket, pick up a packet of idli-rava, pay for it!
Upma-Kozhakatti is steamed rice flour balls with a bit of seasoning and coconut. This is served with a lentil-coconut spicy and sour chutney. A small chunk of jaggery is sometimes kept inside these balls, so that you bite into a sweet surprise in the center
You will rarely find this being served outside of Tamil homes, so the only way to experience this bliss of a breakfast is to make it yourself. The good news is that it is REALLY easy!
Recipe for Upma Kozhakattai / Steamed rice dumplings with coconut chutney
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes