Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Ulundu Kozhukattai (Urad dal Karanjiyas) recipe


cup Urad dal

2 3 Green chillies

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tsp Turmeric powder

2 tbsp gratted Coconut

Salt - to taste

To temper:

tsp Mustard seeds

A pinch of Hing (Asafoetida)

6 7 Curry leaves

A pinch of turmeric powder

For the outer covering

3/4/ cup Rice flour

Salt - to taste

Water - as required to form dough


  1. Soak urad dal for 1 to 2 hour. Drain water and grind it with green chilies very coarsely. Do not make it pasty and keep it aside.
  2. Steam the urad dal mixture in a steamer for 7-10mins.Cool down and crumble it with your fingers.
  3. Now heat oil, add mustard seeds let it crackle then add curry leaves, turmeric powder and hing.
  4. Add the coarsely grinded urad dhal green chilli mixture and saute until it becomes dry and raw smell completely leaves, it may take 7-10mins. Add salt.
  5. Then add grated coconut, mix well and switch off. Now the inner stuffing is ready.
  6. Boil water in a vessel, till it starts bubbling vigorously. Add salt and rice flour little by little to the boiling water and mix it with the help of a laddle. Mix it till it gathers to a smooth dough. Allow it to cool for 2-3 mins then knead once with your hands to make a smooth dough but it will be slightly sticky. Keep aside.
  7. Grease your hands with oil make small lemon sized balls.
  8. Then flatten it slightly thin (or make it as cup) then add 1 tsp of urad dal stuffing / filling in the center. Fold it and seal it by joining all sides. Repeat this until the entire dough finishes.
  9. Press the ends and seal it completely and make the design by pressing your thumb.

Steam the Karanjiyas for about 10-12mins or until the outer cover turns shiny which shows the karanjiyas are done.

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