Note: I also make idli with idli rava and that recipe gives lovely, soft idlis so check that out too. Idli rava is much easier to grind that regular rice used for idlis. You may also want to check out this easy veg rava upma recipe, the easiest breakfast you can put together in less than 15 minutes.
So here is the recipe from the horse’s mouth. Thank you Seetha aunty for introducing me to this lovely and authentic recipe :). For a sweet kozhukkattai recipe, check out this vella kozhukkattai recipe, popularly made during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Upma Kozhukkattai Recipe
Idli rava / cream of rice – 2 cups
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Water – 4 to 5 cups
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Chana dal / kadala paruppu – 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Dried red chillies – 3, torn into pieces
Curry leaves – a few
How to make Upma Kozhukkattai:
1. Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan and when hot enough, add the mustard seeds and wait until they pop. Then add the chana dal, curry leaves and red chillies and fry on low heat for a minute.2. Add the water and bring to boil.
3. Next, add salt, coconut, and the idli rava, little at a time, mixing continuously so that no lumps are formed. The resulting mixture should be watery. Close the pan and let the rava cook until the mixture becomes thicker thank, say, scooping consistency.
4. Let it cook a bit, adjust salt and make oval shaped balls with it. Steam for 10 mins or so and serve hot with some chutney of choice.