Spicy ammini kozhukattai (mini dumplings)

It was vinayaka chaturthi (25th Aug 2017) and we were happily vacationing in UK. However, my mil had dutifully taken a packet of modak maavu (a finer quality of rice flour) so that she can make kozhukattais for us that day. Due to an absence of having fresh coconut that day, she ended up making my favorite form of kozhukattai – aminni kozhukattai (spicy mini dumplings). These aren’t the typical filled kozhukattai/ dumplings and am sure people started making these when there was left over kozhukattai maavu. Nevertheless, these are truly yummy and I am not kidding when I say this – I have this as proper main course and I could have this any time of the day. I am super glad I got to document this. Mil does quite a few variety of these amminis and all are truly divine (will post them in the upcoming months).

Spicy aminni kozhukattais (spicy mini dumplings)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Passive Time
10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
For the dumplings/ kozhukattais
  • 1 cup modak maavu/ plain rice flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp refined oil
For tempering
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafodita
  • 8-10 nos curry leaves
For the spicy touch (optional)
  • 3 tbsp fried gram (pottu kadalai)
  • 2 nos dried red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp salt
For the dumplings/ kozhukattais
  1. Take the modak maavu/ rice flour in a wide bowl.

  2. Boil 2 cups of water with oil & salt.

  3. As soon as the water boils, pour it over the flour & stir to ensure no lumps are formed.

  4. Knead the dough for 2 mins and let the dough rest for 10 mins. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth.

  5. After 10 mins, make marble size balls and place it in a plate coated with some oil.

  6. Steam the kozhukattais/ dumplings for 10 mins in the lowest flame (simmered option). 

For the spicy touch (optional step)
  1. In parallel, grind the items under 'For the spicy touch' section and keep it aside.

For tempering
  1. In a pan, add some oil, once it's heated add mustard seeds & let it splutter.

  2. Add asafodita & curry leaves.

  3. To this, add the steamed kozhukattais/ dumplings & give it a stir. 

  4. Add the ground mixture at this stage and turn off the heat.

  5. Enjoy the awesome ammini kozhukattais!!

For the dumplings/ kozhukattais

For the spicy touch (optional)

For tempering

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