Ammini (Mani) Kozhukattai

Almost every year, Ammini Kozhukattai will be prepared on Vinayaka Chaturthi as an evening snack. Amma generally prepares some for prasadam, and some for us to eat. In the evening, she prepares a fresh batch with the leftover dough, pooranam, and vada batter. Having a sweet tooth I usually make frequent visits to kitchen and attack the sweet puranum. There will be less Sweet Kozhukkatai left, so she prepares this easy snack for the evening.

Ammini Kozhukattai

Preparation Time : 5 mins |  Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category : Snack


Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cups

Coconut – 1/4 cup

Salt – as needed

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

To Temper:

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

Red Chilli – 3 ( Adjust according to your taste)

Hing – generous pinch

Curry leaves – 1 spring



  • In a sauce pan, add coconut oil and 1 cup of water and bring to boil. When it is boiling and you see bubbles, add the sieved flour (Have 1/4 cup of water boiled in separate pan/kettle)
  • For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water, else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately


  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, as it tends to dry soon


  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres (Marble Size). Since rice flour is gluten free they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with coconut oil helps
  • Grease the idli plate and place the kozhukattai and steam them for about 8- 12 minutes. Remove from the plate when it comes to room temperature


  • Add coconut oil to the pan, when oil is hot add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add hing, red chilli, urad dal and curry leaves. After the dal is golden brown, add the steamed balls, grated coconut, salt and mix well. It tastes yum without any side dish




My Notes:

  • Traditionally, raw rice is washed well and drained, spread in a towel till the moisture drains completely, and ground into a fine powder. Since it will take time, I have used store-bought Rice Flour
  • Idiyappam flour can also be used to prepare Kozhukattai
  • Can combine Rice flour and water to dosa batter consistency and add coconut oil and cook till you get a dough to the consistency similar to the one shown in above picture
  • To get the outer layer soft, boil the water well for making the dough. Dough should be almost cooked with the hot water so that you get non sticky pliable dough
  • When the kozhukattais are done, they will be shiny. Do not over cook, it may give you rubbery and broken Kozhukattai

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37 thoughts on “Ammini (Mani) Kozhukattai

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  4. Shoba September 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM Reply

    There are so many versions of the Ammini Kozhukattai…I never get tired of them as they are so easy to make and they can be so versatile!


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  6. Loretta August 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM Reply

    I don’t think I’ve heard of these, but they sure look delicious.

  7. seasidehomeaccents August 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM Reply

    I’ve never had this before, looks good.

  8. Esha Gupta August 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM Reply

    Awesome! Have never tried something like this before and it looks yummy!!

  9. Bikramjit August 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM Reply

    You know now I wish I had known you before I came to india I would have surly gate crashed..he he he

    To have such lovely dishes…

    Yummy this toooooo

  10. Aswini August 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM Reply

    Looks tempting.. Very good presentation.. 🙂

  11. MamaD1xx4xy August 28, 2014 at 6:43 PM Reply

    These sound quite good.

  12. Lyfé Wisdom August 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM Reply

    My mother loves this recipe! I love your creativity in this entire blog, keep up the great work!

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  14. Sony P August 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM Reply

    These are soft and tasty…… Looks delicious !!

  15. food passion and love August 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM Reply

    These looks soo yummy!Y the name ammini kozhukattai vidya?any ideas?

  16. Ummey @notbikiniready August 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM Reply

    You are always making these cute little snacks!!

  17. Chitra Jagadish August 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM Reply

    Never tried savoury rice dumplings. ..just droooooooooling by the look. ..wil try it sometime. …yummmmm

  18. srividhya August 28, 2014 at 6:42 AM Reply

    Being a savory person I like these a lot

  19. bridgetscrafts25 August 28, 2014 at 2:54 AM Reply

    This looks so good! I have a sweet tooth too and this dish looks like something I would love. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  20. Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 28, 2014 at 1:55 AM Reply

    Another new, lovely dish for me 🙂

  21. Malar August 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM Reply

    yummilicious, we prepare this with a slight difference, just add tadka, coconut flakes to the flour while heating in pan and then steam it. Yours looks so perfect Vidya 🙂

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