Monday, September 5, 2011

Easy Punddi Gatti ( Rice Ball )

Punddi Gatti/Rice ball/kolakatte,  is made of  rice rava( coarsely ground) and coconut.  It is healthy and easy dish. Good to have for breakfast and as evening snack.
Pundi means handful or musti in kannada and gatti means strong. The flour is cooked with water and then the dough is turned as ball size and then steamed again for at least 15 minutes.  Pundi gatti is eaten with coconut chutney or any other side dish as you like it.
Lets see the recipe now :
Things Needed:
Rice Rava : 2 cups
Coconut : 1 cup
Water :  4 cups
Salt: to taste
For seasoning:
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method:
1. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
2. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and water. Let the boil. Add salt tot he boiling water.
3. Now add Rice Rava to the boiling water and stir.
4. Stir continuously till the flour turns in to a dough consistency. It starts to thicken and leaves the pan.

5. Put off the fire and take out the pan from the fire. Add coconut and mix it well.
6. Mix thoroughly. Wet your hand with normal water. Take a handful of dough and prepare ball size dough (any shape you like to ).

7.  Arrange these pundi gatti in a bowl.
8. Keep a pressure cooker or idli cooker put some water at the bottom of the cooker.
9. Place a bowl upside down in the cooker. Now keep the pundi gatti bowl on the top.

10. Cover the cooker and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. (No need to put weight).
11. Insert a knife edge to see whether pundi gatti is cooked. It does not stick to the knife edge once it is cooked.
12. Shift the cooked pundi gatti to a serving bowl.
13. Serve with any side dish you have prepared.
14. We had it with a curry (spring onions) and onion chutney.
Note : Do not use lot of water while mixing Rice Rawa. You can use palak, methi leaves while boiling rava. You can also add some spices like green chilly/red chilly to the seasoning.
The ratio of rava and water is 1 = 2.  You can also add some cashew nuts to the pundi gatti.
Since it is done in the hand it is called pundi (our fist).
Time : 30 minutes
Serves :  3 to 4 

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