Sep 6, 2013

Chambara Kozhukattai / Kara Arisi Kolukattai / Steamed Spiced Up Roasted Rice Balls - Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

Time is flying like anything. I can't believe that 17 days have already passed. I still couldn't believe that i am a mom now. Was in a excited state till now..Being in a very busy schedule. I am finding a little time to look after my blog while my lil bundle of joy is sleeping. I am typing this looking at her rosy  sleeping cheeks..Love her a lot <3

When i was pregnant with my girl, i asked my mom for this recipe. It was like a craving for me. I took pictures of my mom making it for you, because this recipe is our family traditional recipe. I am sure that you must not be aware of this recipe or even heard of it.

Only few people in our place knows this recipe. I am begging you to try this because this kozhukattai is so soft and packet with full of flavours. It just need few ingredients and few basic steps, but the reward is totally worth it. 

It is so healthy at the sametime so filling too. We usually have this for breakfast and love it. If you are in a busy schedule, you can roast the rice in bulk and cool it completely before storing it in air tight container.  And you can soak that rice overnight and make kozhukattai in the morning.

I hope you will love it and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Soaking Time : 4 hours
Cooking Time: 10 min for steaming
Makes : 30 to 35 balls


Rice - 4 cups ( I used normal ponni rice )
Salt to taste
Coconut - 2 cup

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tblspn
Channa Dal / Kadala Paruppu -  3 tblspn
Urad Dal / Ulundu Parupppu - 3 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli - 5 broken into small pieces
Curry leaves a big handful


Measure rice and add it to a huge kadai. Roast them for 10 to 15 mins till it roast well and turn golden. Remove it to a plate and allow it to cool down.

Now transfer it to a mixing bowl and cover it with water. Let it soak for 4 hours.

Now drain it and add it to a blender. Grind it into a rough paste. Dont add water while grinding.

Make seasoning. Heat oil and crackle all the seasoning ingredients. Let it sizzle for a min. Add this to the rice mixture. 

Now add in salt and coconut. Mix well.

Take a small portion and form into small balls.

Pop them into a steamer and steam it for 10 mins.

Serve hot or warm.

Start by taking your rice

Add it to a kadai and start roasting

Roast till it turns golden

All beautiful and golden

Soak the rice

Drain and add it to blender

Make it into a slightly rough paste

Transfer it to a bowl

Take your seasoning ingredients

Heat oil

Add it in

Roast them

Add it to mixture

Add salt

lots of coconut

mix well

Mix well

Form into balls

Look who is shaping them

All done

Transfer it to steamer

Cover and Steam

Till done


Want a bite


  1. really appreciated this detailed presentation and u have tempted me to try them , bookmarked them...Today's post ....

  2. Kazhukattai looks very delicious and perfect

  3. Lord Ganesh is going to be so happy with this yummy dish so attractive and nicely made invite me home too plzz

  4. Wonderful Arti...ur step by step pix always make me jealous :-) I don ve dat patience

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  5. Hi,

    I am from kerala, and my mother in law makes it using rose matta rice. But she adds only coconut and salt to it..and we eat this dipping it in sugar :) my husband's favorite :D


  6. Hi Arti..

    I made these kozhukattai for evening snack today and they were wonderful..soft and tasted so good.. thanks for this good recipe..

  7. Can we use ponni boiled rice instead of ponni raw rice?


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