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For the cover:
1 cup - rice flour
1.25 cups - water
A pinch of salt
1-2 tsp - vegetable oil or ghee
For the filling:
3/4 cup - whole black gram (white variety) (urad dal)
1-2 - green chillies (or as per taste)
1 tsp - lime/lemon juice
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp - mustard seeds
A pinch of asafoetida powder
A few sprigs of curry leaves and cilantro
How to Make Uppu kozhukattai
Clean and soak the dal for at least 1 hour. Most of the water should have been absorbed and the dal will look plumped up and soft.
Place the drained dal along with chillies and salt in a blender.
Pulse a few times until it becomes coarsely ground.
Do not add water until absolutely necessary.
Now make small balls of the dough and place them in a steamer.
Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Let it cool for a few minutes, enough to let you handle it.
Break the balls by crumbling them into coarse meal texture.
In a skillet, heat 1 tsp of oil (or ghee) and add mustard seeds.
When they start popping, add the curry leaves along with asafoetida.
When the aroma starts wafting, add the coarse meal to the mix and give it a good toss until it all comes together.
Add cilantro and lime juice and remove from heat.
The dal mixture is already cooked. Just add more flavour by way of adding the tempering ingredients.
While still hot, make it into small rounds.
Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for the cover and knead into a dough. (Prepare the cover when the filling is almost done. You don't want the cover to become cold.)
Make small balls, roll them out into small rotis, and place a small amount of filling in the middle.
Bring one side of the cover over to the other end - like a semi-circle.
Pinch the seams so that it covers the filling on all the sides.
You can use it this way or draw little patterns with your fingers or press down with a fork.
Repeat for the rest of the dough.
Steam for 10-15 minutes until it slightly changes colour and becomes slightly translucent.
Cool for a few minutes before removing from the steamer.
Serve warm or hot.
Recipe Courtesy: http://chefinyou.com/
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