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Kara Kozhukattai (Indian Savory Dumpling)

Kara_Kozhukattai_Indian_Savory_Dumpling_1 Kara Kozhukattai is also a popular south Indian dish. It uses Bengal gram and black gram for stuffing. Both grams are soaked, drained and mixed with spices. Then it is ground, steam cooked and used as stuffing.

This Kara Kozhukattai is also called as Paruppu Kozhukattai.


  • Bengal gram – ½ cup
  • Split black gram – ½ cup
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Turmeric powder – pinch
  • Asafetida – pinch
  • Salt – as per need
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Oil – 1 tea spoon



  • Stuffing: Soak both grams for 1 hour.


  • Grind with red chilli, green chilli, salt, turmeric powder and asafetida powder without water to a coarse paste.

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  • Now steam cook it like idli for 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • Cool and mash it well.

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  • Do the seasoning in a pan; add mashed item, fry for few minutes; now the filling is ready for kara kozhukattai.


  • Dough:The dough for kozhukattai is prepared in many ways; you may follow any one of these two methods:
    • Method 1: Boil two cups of water and add one cup of rice flour with pinch of salt; stir continuously to form a dough; cool and knead it to a soft, firm dough.
    • Method 2: Soak one cup of rice for 1 hour; grind it with pinch of salt, ½ cup milk and water to thin batter; pour in a hot pan, stir constantly to form dough; cool and knead it to a soft, firm dough.
    • for more details refer my Rice Idiyappam (String Hoppers) or Coconut and Masala Ammini Kozhakattai.


  • Kozhukattai: Now lightly apply oil in your hand and take lemon size dough; shape it like a mini cup; though nowadays moulds are available, making with hands gives a traditional touch; fill it with stuffing.

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  • Seal it and steam cook for 5 to 6 minutes.

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  • Kara Kozhukattai or Paruppu Kozhukattai is ready. Serve hot.


  • Here is the cutaway section of a Kara Kozhukattai.


  • Here is a mix of Ellu, Kara, Coconut, Ammini (Mania) Kozhukattai.


{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Priya March 31, 2010, 12:55 pm

    Kara kozhukattai looks tempting and love it..

  • Sushma Mallya March 31, 2010, 1:14 pm

    looks lovely…

  • saba August 25, 2011, 8:10 am

    Hi.lovely recipe! reminds me off my naani,she made this .Now i will make this healthy delicious recipe. very well pictorial explanation,no need of video.a beginner can easily follow by pictures step by step,keep it up ! 1 thing to ask, what other stuffing can we made to recipe?? thanks alot.

  • Nirmala September 19, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Dear Kamala
    Bless you for this recipe…..you made my day. I am 63 yr Indian and married an Australian for 30 yrs. My mother who is now living with us in Bangalore..was sad, as she thought i had lost touch with our culture and customs, that Ganesh Puja would not be the same.
    Well….she enjoyed the puja and the food hugely…this modak and the jaggery one, plus my own version of Semia Payasam with diet sugar as Amma is diabetic. My Aussie hubby loved it too as he is not usually keen on the sweetness in Indian sweets. He calls it pudding!!!
    Hope you have had as nice a day as we did here in Bangy. Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to all.

  • Prof.M.Rajasekaran May 13, 2015, 11:42 am

    I have read “Kara Kozhukattai” & “Kamban Kanchi” making process from your instructions.

    It is very nice to go through our Old Traditional Food Items.

    I will try this at home with my wife.

    Thanks a lot for the informations.

    With regards,


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