Undi/ Rice Dumplings

November 20, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Undi/ Rice Dumplings is a famous Udupi breakfast dish. In fact it is also known as Pundi Gatti or Oondi. Basically, rice dumplings are steamed and served with a chutney or sambhar. Sometimes coconut oil drizzled over it is enough. It is a simple, healthy, gluten free, vegan breakfast to enjoy. Rice rava or coarsely ground rice flour is available in the market to make this dish but I decided to make it with soaked rice as I read that the dumplings or undi turns out much softer. However, feel free to use readily available rice rava to cut down preparation time.


A visit to Phoenix Mall, Bangalore is like a dazzling visit to Fairyland. Only thing is that nothing is free, you need oodles of money to buy whatever you want. I remember India in the 70s when nothing much was available. As a result, relatives and friends would have a long list of things they’d want us to bring from Kenya. Tables have turned, everything is available in India right from Rin soap to Audis. As we have no malls in Mombasa, the whole mall scene in Bangalore is overwhelming. Visiting Foodland is a foodie’s paradise but unfortunately everything from lettuce to wheat pasta is overpriced. Eating healthy is an expensive habit. Wonder why?? Healthy foods should be pocket friendly. Anyway we can argue about food prices world wide endlessly and get nowhere. Lets face it, food is expensive.

Movie Time

Daughter and I were at the mall to catch a movie. Have you seen what PVR charges for popcorn??? For a handful of kernels and some cheap oil it’s daylight robbery. And suckers like me still opt for that snack as I can’t imagine watching a movie without popcorn. A mental note to self… need to change that habit.

We watched Tumari Suli. I loved the movie not only because of the vivacious Vidya Balan but also because of the subtle messages it conveys for women whether working or not. Everyone has some talent or passion in them, including what most people term as boring housewives or sit at home aunties. Why is it that women face so many challenges in following their passion be it job wise or hobby wise? However, perseverance pays at the end and women are born fighters. We fight for our kids, our homes, our jobs, our rights, our money, our family….it is a fight every step of the way.


Before I get carried away, this weeks’s #119th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop is Udupi Cuisine chosen by Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine.


What I remember about Udupi which I visited years ago is the temple Sri Krishna Matha. You get to do the darshan of the Bala Krishna through a small window on the west side. It is believed that a devotee of Lord Krishna, Kanakadasa was not allowed to enter through the east entrance as he belonged to the lower caste. He would pray to Lord Krishna through a small opening in the west wall. Just for the sake of the devoted Kanakadasa, its believed that the statue turned so he could catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna.

Udupi Cuisine

Udupi Cuisine is from South India more specifically from the state of Karnataka. It forms an important part of the Tuluva- Mangalorean cuisine and takes it name from the famous city Udupi. This cuisine originates from the Astha Mathas of Udupi founded by Madhavacharya. The cuisine makes use of grains, fruits, vegetables and beans, basically being Satvik, where no onions, garlic, meat or fish is used.

However over years its being adapted to suit the tastes of the general public. Pumpkins and gourds are still the primary ingredients for sambhar, fresh coconut and coconut oil are still used in stews. Did you know that the famous masala dosa has its origins in Udupi? A full course Udupi meal is served on a banana leaf and its served in a sequence. During my daughter’s wedding we were fortunate to have  Udupi style lunch and many things I tasted for the first time like kashi halwa, kosambari and the famous Mangalore bajji.


For this theme I decided to make a famous Udupi breakfast called Undi/Pundi Gatti/Oondi. While rice rava is readily available in the market especially in South India, I decided to make Undi with soaked rice as I read during my research that this steamed steam turns out much softer. I got the recipe from Lakshmi Canteen. I have regret trying out this recipe. It is so delicious and almost tastes like Gujarati style Papdi No Lot (khichu).

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  • Rice – use any rice of your choice. I used basmati as that is what I had at home.
  • Fresh Coconut – grated
  • Water – normal drinking water
  • Salt – add according to your taste
  • Oil – use coconut oil or any vegetable oil of your choice. I used sunflower oil.
  • Mustard Seeds – rai.
  • Fenugreek Seeds – methi dana.
  • Urad Dal – split black lentils. For this recipe I have used the white variety, without the skin.
  • Curry Leaves – kari patta, limdi.
  • Dried Red Chillis – chop into pieces


Coconut – fresh and grated
Fresh Coriander – chop with the tender stems and wash well.
Green Chillis – add according to your taste
Ginger – washed, peeled and chopped into pieces
Salt – add according to your taste
Oil – for tempering or vaghar
Mustard Seeds – rai
Dried Red Chilli – optional. Adds flavour
Curry Leaves – kari patta, limdi


Undi/ Rice Dumplings is a famous Udupi breakfast dish. In fact it is also known as Pundi Gatti or Oondi. Basically, rice dumplings are steamed and served with a chutney or sambhar. Sometimes coconut oil drizzled over it is enough. It is a simple, healthy, gluten free, vegan breakfast to enjoy.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 8


  • 1 cup rice
  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ - 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1-2 dried red chilis chop into pieces
  • 1 cup fresh coconut grated
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 2-3 green chillis
  • 1 tbsp roasted chana dal
  • 1 inch ginger piece
  • ½ - ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 dried red chili
  • a few curry leaves


  • I soaked the rice overnight but you can soak it for 2-3 hours.
  • Drain out the water, wash the rice.
  • Add the rice to a food processor along with 1 cup water.
  • Process it till you get a coarse batter, the rice should resemble coarse semolina.
  • Add the grated coconut and process just for a few seconds.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • When it is hot, add fenugreek and mustard seeds. Then add urad dal, curry leaves and dried red chilis.
  • Add the rice batter along with the remaining one cup water and salt.
  • Constantly stir the batter till it becomes thick and comes together like a dough. This process takes only 5-7 minutes.
  • Let the dough cool a bit.
  • In the meantime get your idli stand or any steaming device ready. Add water to the pot.
  • Grease the idle stand or plate with some oil.
  • Let the water begin to boil.
  • In the meantime take some dough the size of a golf ball and roll it. Using your thumb make a small depression in the middle.
  • Place it on the greased plate or idle stand.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough. Work fast because when the dough becomes cold, it becomes difficult to roll it into a smooth dumpling.
  • Place the idli stand or plate in the boiling water. It should not touch the dumplings.
  • Close the pan with a lid and steam the undi for 15 minutes.
  • Undi is ready to be served hot with some chutney, sambar or coconut oil.
  • Put the coconut, water, coriander, chili, ginger and roasted chana dal in a food processor.
  • Process it till you get a coarse paste.
  • Put the chutney in a serving bowl.
  • Add salt and mix it well.
  • Heat oil for tempering in a small pan over low heat.
  • When the oil is hot add mustard seeds, red chili and curry leaves.
  • Pour the tempering over the chutney.


  • Don't leave the rice too coarse otherwise you'll get hard dumplings
  • If you use ready rice rava, then soak it in water for 2-3 hours before using.
Keyword oondi recipe, pundi gatta recipe, steamed rice dumplings, steamed undi recipe

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  • Aruna

    November 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Great minds think alike, Mayuri! 😀 I made these too.

  • Priya Iyer

    November 20, 2017 at 11:54 am

    That looks so good! 🙂

  • Poonam Bachhav

    November 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Healthy share ..the dish looks so good di ..in between always love reading your stories di..😃

  • Sujata Roy

    November 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    These looks so tempting Mayuri. Healthy share. Completely new for me. Loved the recipe. I will try it soon.

  • Nandita Gupta

    November 21, 2017 at 5:18 am

    That's such a simple and delicious recipe.

  • Padmajha PJ

    November 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Yes, the food charges in the mall theaters are outrageous!! But like you said, snacks is a must while watching movies!! And this is one of my all time favorites!Beautifully done and presented Mauri.

  • Meera Girdhar

    November 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    This one is new to me but looks light and intresting recipe for breakfast .. thanks Mayuri for sharing


    November 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Yummy Pundis!This is a beautiful share and an awesome addition to your blog

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    November 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I have never tried this recipe, for a second I thought undi looks like a Khichu 🙂 I am going try this recipe as I love khichu.

  • Jayasri Ravi

    November 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    One of my favourite breakfast recipe! It’s a quick fix! I love udupi cuisine living in Karnataka for a long time I have adapted so much that my Tamil cuisine has been neglected!!

  • Pavani N

    November 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    What a lovely Udipi dish you have got here Mayuri. Looks so homey and delicious.
    Cost of living in India has gone through the roof. I am getting nervous about our India trip next year.

  • alkajena

    November 22, 2017 at 2:41 am

    This recipe seems so healthy to me, read at Aruna's blog and now yours ,it is a must do recipe on my list now.

  • jayashree

    November 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love Udupi cuisine, this looks delicious. Need to try sometime.

  • I Camp in my Kitchen

    November 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    That looks delicious! We make something similar with broken rice,’such a healthy dish! Chutney is a delicious side to this yumm dish !!!

  • Sapana Behl

    November 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    This looks like a healthy and tasty dish to try. I would love to make it soon with that chutney.

  • Preethi Prasad

    November 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Lovely and healthy share !!Yummy Pundis!!!

  • waagmi Soni

    November 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This is lovely share… this will help me to serve prisha for her breakfast … I always become confuse what to serve her

  • veena krishnakumar

    December 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    This is such a lovely healthy dish. Lovely share

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    February 8, 2022 at 8:26 am

    5 stars
    Undi or Pundi as it is known is one delicious, healthy breakfast. Good reminder to make it sometime soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 8, 2022 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, totally agree with you it is so delicious. Enjoy when you make it.

  • Amrita Roy

    February 9, 2022 at 12:01 am

    5 stars
    I have never tried Undi but this looks delicious and healthy. It is good option for breakfast.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 10, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Amrita. It is a delicious breakfast treat.. go ahead and try out the recipe.

  • Kalyani

    February 10, 2022 at 1:33 am

    5 stars
    True that Mayuri – Indian cuisine is truly replete with healthy dishes like this. The undi is one of the finest dishes from the udupi cuisine and made perfectly

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 10, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. Next time want to make it with ready made rice rava.

  • Archana

    February 12, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. I have never tried undi or rice dumplings but I love the recipe. Definitely a treat that we can enjoy on a weekend. Thanks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 13, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Try the recipe, so yummy and with ready made rice rava I presume much easier.

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