Kozhi Pidi – Chicken with Steamed Rice Dumplings


  • 1 cup Rice powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds (crushed)
  • 4tbsp Grated coconut
  • 1.5 – 2 cup  Boiling Water (add salt to taste to the water)
  • 1 tbsp Oil (optional)


  1. Combine rice powder and grated coconut and mix well.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan dry roast this rice powder, stirring continuously until golden brown. Allow it to cool slightly.
  3. Add salt to boiling water; make sure it’s really hot. Now add the roasted rice flour and cumin seeds.
  4. Cover it with a lid and switch off the flame. Let it stand for 2 minutes.
  5.  Add oil and using spoon mix well. Using your hands, knead the dough and make tiny balls with the dough.
  6. Steam these in a steamer for 15 minutes, or till it is done. Keep it aside for later to add into the curry.

Ingredients for Chicken curry

  • 500-700 gms Chicken
  • 1tsp Ginger chopped
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 springs Curry leaves
  • 1 Green chilli (chopped)
  • 2 Medium sized onions
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 1  tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Corriander powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • Crushed Spices: 2 Cardamom , 1 Star anise , 3 cloves & 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup Thin Coconut milk
  • ½ cup thick Coconut milk
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add ginger, garlic, green chillies, onion and 2 sprigs of curry leaves.
  2. Saute for 5-6 minutes, until it turns golden brown.
  3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  4. Combine coriander masala, turmeric powder, Kashmiri chilli powder and a little bit of water to make a paste. Add this to pan and sauté till the oil separates. Make sure the flame is on medium low.
  5. Add the chicken pieces, 1 1/4 cup of thin coconut milk and salt to taste.
  6. Close the lid and cook till the chicken is tender and the gravy has a good consistency.
  7. Now, add the crushed spices and the steamed dumplings, and mix gently.
  8. Add 1/2 cup thick coconut milk and cook covered for another 5 minutes, open the lid and simmer for few minutes more.

Remove from the stove and serve warm

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