Pidi Kozhukattai or Upma Kozhukattai is an all-time favourite breakfast or snack option at our place, with everyone in the family loving it. It is the dish I often resort to making when I have members from the extended family over. This Tamil Nadu special is quite simple to make, after all, and a steamed snack that needs very minimal oil. Traditionally made using rice and a lentil (either chana daal, moong daal or toor daal), Pidi Kozhukattai makes for a healthy, wholesome and hearty snack. Today, I present to you the recipe for Wheat Dalia Pidi Kozhukattai, a healthier version of the traditional dish made using broken wheat.
For years, I made Pidi Kozhukattai the traditional way, using rice. It is only in recent times that I started making them with alternative grains like corn dalia and broken wheat. I am pretty pleased with the outcome, I must say. The use of alternative grains has rendered the dish all the more healthier, yet delicious and wholesome as always. This Wheat Dalia Pidi Kozhukattai is now a much-loved dish in my household – in fact, this version is made quite often at my place, and we hardly miss the one with rice!
Wheat dalia – also called broken wheat, Godhumai Rava in Tamil – has long been recommended by nutritionists and dieticians as a healthier alternative to rice, especially for diabetics. These Wheat Dalia Pidi Kozhukattai are, therefore, great for those afflicted with diabetes and, in general, for those who want to eat healthier. They are entirely plant-based, suitable for vegans. If you simply omit the asafoetida used in this recipe, it becomes a gluten-free dish as well.
Do try these lovelies out and let me know how you liked them!
Here’s how I make the Wheat Dalia Pidi Kozhukattai or Godhumai Rava Upma Kozhukattai.
Ingredients (makes about 12 pieces):
- 1 cup broken wheat
- 1/4 cup chana daal
- 2 dry red chillies
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 pinches of asafoetida
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- A 1-inch piece of ginger
- 2 green chillies
- 2-1/2 cups water
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
1. Grind the broken wheat, dry red chillies and chana daal together, coarsely. Keep aside.
2. Peel the ginger and chop finely. Chop the green chillies into large pieces. Keep aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to sputter. Now add the chopped ginger and green chillies to the pan, along with the asafoetida. Roughly tear the curry leaves with your hands and add them to the pan. Mix all the ingredients and let them stay in for 3-4 seconds. Make sure the ingredients do not burn.
4. Add the 2-1/2 cups of water to the pan, along with salt to taste. Mix well.
5. Keep the flame high, and let the water come to a boil. Now, reduce the heat to medium and add in the fresh grated coconut and the broken wheat mix we ground earlier. Stir constantly to ensure that no lumps are formed.
6. Stirring constantly, cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or till all the ingredients begin to come together, the water starts to dry out and the mixture begins to resemble upma. Switch off gas.
7. Allow the mixture to cool down a bit, covered so it doesn’t dry out too much.
8. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, grease a colander with a little oil, for steaming. Form about 12 oblong dumplings out of the mixture, using your greased hands. Place the dumplings in the greased colander.
9. Take about 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker bottom. Place a high stand over it, then place the colander with the dumplings on top of this. Make sure water will not touch the dumplings.
10. Close the pressure cooker. Do not put the whistle on. Cook the dumplings on high heat for 10-12 minutes.
11. Let the dumplings cool down slightly before handling them. Serve them hot or at room temperature, with chutney of your choice.
1. The broken wheat I used was quite big in size, so I ground it up coarsely along with the chana daal and dry red chillies. I just barely crushed it, and did not make a fine powder. If you are using fine broken wheat, there is no need to grind it.
2. I have not washed the broken wheat or chana daal. I just coarsely ground them, dry. Alternatively, you could soak the chana daal and dry red chillies for 15-20 minutes in a little water, then grind them and then use the paste.
3. Do not overcook the broken wheat mixture, otherwise the kozhukattai might turn out hard. Cook it just until the water begins to dry up and it attains a consistency similar to upma. It hardens a bit more on cooling.
4. Adjust the quantity of coconut, green chillies and dry red chillies as per personal taste preferences.
5. Steam the kozhukattai for not more than 10-12 minutes, otherwise they might turn hard.
6. Wait for the steamed kozhukattai to cool down a little before you handle them, or they might break.
7. Simple coconut chutney is the best accompaniment to these broken wheat kozhukattai.
8. Traditionally, pidi kozhukattai are given an oblong shape, like I have here, or a round, ball-like shape. You can go with any shape you prefer.
9. You can even dry roast the broken wheat till fragrant, before you start making the upma kozhukattai. I haven’t.
This recipe is for the Foodie Monday Blog Hop. Every Monday, a group of us food bloggers share recipes based on a pre-determined theme.
The theme this week is #GetInShape, suggested by Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds. For this hugely interesting theme, all of us are sharing how to make foods that have a geometric shape. After quite a bit of deliberation, I decided to go ahead with this Broken Wheat Upma Kozhukattai recipe.
I’m also sharing this recipe with Fiesta Friday #277. The co-hosts this week are Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.
29 thoughts on “Godhumai Rava Upma Kozhukattai| Wheat Dalia Pidi Kozhukattai”
These look perfect for this week’s Fiesta Friday party! Yum! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!
I’m glad you liked the recipe! 🙂
Loved your recipe and photo, priya… We also make this as well as godhumai rava idli @ home… It tastes really good.. Healthier than the normal rice kozhukkattai…
Thank you! How do you make these Godhumai Rava Upma Kozhukattai? Do you make them the same way?
I haven’t tried making idli or dosa with godhumai rava yet. Should do.
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Hi Priya, I make kozhakkattai using samba arisi, channa dhal, toor dhal. Basically I substitute raw rice with samba arisi. And for idli I use godhumai ravai / samba ravai.
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This looks like a good healthy evening snack for my kids with daliya and chana Dal.
@Renu Agrawal Dongre
Thank you! Yes, this is a very healthy, child-friendly recipe. Do try it out some time. 🙂
This is different that anything I’ve seen before. It sounds delicious! I’d be honored if you shared them and some of your other recipes at our What’s for Dinner party!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked the recipe. 🙂 I’ll certainly check out What’s for Dinner party.
Very healthy and diabetic friendly recipe Priya. Instead of rice, my FIL having broken wheat. Very tasty recipe, will share this recipe with my MIL. Thanks for lovely share 👍.
Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂
I use daliya in upma, khichdi or prodige.. This is a new recipe for me.. healthy and nutritious, good for all age group. sounds like an easy and delicious recipe…Will definitely try this one!!
Thank you! Do try this out some time. I think you will love it. 🙂
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Upma looks delicious. Loved the use dalia and dal. These ingredients made this upma healthy. I would love to try it soon.
@Batter Up With Sujata
Thank you! Do try this out some time. It tastes awesome!
I’ve never eaten this dish, with either rice or wheat… but I’d certainly love to try this!! Definitely an enticing keeper, from the photos and ingredients! Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!!
My pleasure entirely! 🙂
This is one delicious recipe. New to me n I still have not got the name in my head. ;D sounds so delicious and healthy.
Will definitely be trying it out soon.
You must definitely try this out some time. It tastes awesome! 🙂
With broken wheat and dal together going in this steamed dish..it sounds wholesome and filling. Would love to try it out for our weekend breakfast sometime.
This is indeed a wholesome and delicious dish. You must try it out some time! 🙂
I’ve tasted the rice kozhukattai and love it. Using daliya to make this healthy snack is something I’d love to try.
Do try making this with wheat daliya some time. It tastes just as delicious and is much more healthy and nutritious too.
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Upma Kozhukattai or Pidi Kozhukattai looks really yumm and cute too.. This is a lovely idea to make crazy the kids if they deny to have upma… use of dalia and dal make the whole dish a super healthy option 🙂
Yes, dear. This is a healthy, wholesome snack for adults and kids alike. 🙂
I make godhumai rava kozhukkatai often. Your kozhuttai looks so so good that I want to make this now.
@Veena Krishna Kumar
Thank you so much! 🙂