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Piddi Recipe / Rice Dumpling Recipe

  Today’s In My Kitchen …. Pidi .

Pidi  ( Rice Dumpling ) is another traditional Kerala recipes.  These rice dumplings have a thick sauce made with garlic, perl onion & crushed cumin flavor .  Pidi is almost  served with Chicken Curry…

All the ladies of a house gather around the table to roll these dumplings/ Pidi as it is time-consuming when done alone. my both daughter always helping me to make rice balls  Pidi is made with either Roasted Rice Flour or Avalos Podi. 👌👌 You can also use store-bought Rice Flour  or Pachari though the taste wouldn’t be the best.
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
मैं धूल में पड़ा हूं; तू अपने वचन के अनुसार मुझ को जिला! 


  1. Avalos Podi – 2 cups
  2. Roasted Rice Flour – 1 cup + 2.5 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp for sprinkling
  3. Sliced Shallots/Pearl Onions  – 10 to 15
  4. Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
  5. Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  6. Salt – to taste
  7. Water for kneading – 6 to 7 cups approx
  8. Water for boiling the dumplings – 8 cups approx
  9. Water for thickening – 1/2 cup
  10. Crushed Cumin seed (Jeerakam) – 2 tsp
  11. Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup (optional)

Rolling the Dumplings
  1. Fill a deep pan with around 15-16 cups of water. Add shallots, curry leaves, grated coconut and salt to taste. Bring everything to a boil.
  2. When the water comes to a  boil, transfer 6 to 7 cups of water to another pan for making the rice dumplings.
  3. Switch off the stove and keep the remaining water covered.
  4. In another pan, add little salt and mix the avalos podi and 1 cup rice flour.
  5. Slowly, add hot water to the avalos podi and rice flour and combine with a spatula. When the heat is manageable, slowly knead everything with your hands to form a soft and smooth dough.
  6. If the dough is dry, the dumplings will break. So you will need to add more water. If the dough is sticky, you will need to add more rice flour.
  7. Using your palms, start making small cherry sized balls with the dough. Dip you hands occasionally in warm water while rolling the dumplings to prevent it from drying out. Place the dumplings on a plate and sprinkle little rice flour to prevent the balls from sticking.
Cooking the Dumplings
  1. Once all the dumplings have been prepared, again bring the remaining water in the first pan to a rolling boil.
  2. Slowly, add the dumplings to the boiling water. The water should be boiling or else the dumplings will break. Do not stir the dumplings. Allow it to cook.
  3. When the mixture begins to boil again, gently stir the dumplings. Reduce heat and simmer the dumplings for around ten minutes.
  4. When the mixture has thickened, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk. This will enhance the taste but is optional. Stir and remove from heat.
  5. Serve  with Chicken Curry.
  • The water required for preparing the dumplings will vary depending on the rice flour used.


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