Uppu Urundai ~ Steamed Rice Dumplings

U for Uppu Urundai under regional cuisine for BM #32.
This was a last minute but a delightful find for me. I have never tried these cuties before and I made these for the kid's after school snack. They disappeared even before I could get proper pictures. I am sure I am going to make these often. 

I thought they resembled Undrallu which we make for Ganesh Chavithi, but they tasted very different.

I intend adding some grated carrots and nuts the next time to make it nutrient rich. Adding some spice to perk it up is not a bad idea either. But since I was serving these to kids I didn't add any spice.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

*Idli Rava 1/2 cup
Water to soak 1 1/2 cups
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafoetida couple pinches)

* The original recipe calls for Parboiled rice, soaked and ground into a coarse batter. 

Uppu Urundai ~ Steamed Rice Dumplings

Method Of Preparation -

Soak Idli rava in 1 1/2 cups of water for about 1-2 hours.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, add the soaked idli rava .

Mix well and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Remove from fire and let it cool for a few minutes.

When it is cool to touch, pinch equal portions of the cooked mixture and roll into a ball.

Place them on a plate and steam for 10 minutes.

Remove and serve them warm !

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32.

Preparation Time 15 min + Soaking Time 2 hrs
Makes 18 
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, September 25, 2013


  1. Rajani S Says:
  2. Yours look just like the ones I had this morning! So tasty!!

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Love this uppu urundai with coconut chutney,its been a while i had it.

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. oh they look cute!! yes adding grated carrots would give more beautiful color and appeal!!


  7. Steamed rava balls looks soft and delicious ! Will try it..

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. my mom used make this uppu urundai :) looks so delicious and yummy dear !!

  10. Srivalli Says:
  11. I love this treat..looks so good..

  12. divya Says:
  13. Wow ! super, mouth watering here.

  14. Ah these are new to me..book marking..cute little savory ladoos:)

  15. looks so adorable and flavorful

  16. Padmajha Says:
  17. I make something similar but with rice flour. Must try this .am sure its a tasty and healthy snack that my kids would love:)

  18. preeti garg Says:
  19. Fantastic recipe.

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. Ya, they look so similar to undrallu. Using parboiled rice is quite interesting.

  22. veena Says:
  23. Uppu urundai looks super cute:-)

  24. Archana Says:
  25. Must make these for the kids tiffin box. Look cute. Bookmarking

  26. Looks absolutely delicious...

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