Thursday, May 28, 2020

UNDI / OONDI / PUNDI GATTI


Undi or Pundi Gatti as it is known in Tulu Language is a healthy and traditional breakfast from Udipi region of Karnataka. These are made with coarsely ground rice which is cooked with some temperings and then shaped into round dumplings with a depression and steamed. These days some people opt out an easier way by using idli rava, rice flour or semolina. But they taste best when made in the Traditional way by soaking the rice, dry-grinding and cooking it to a perfect consistency. After cooling the mixture undis are shaped and steamed.

Ingredients:
Rice ............... 1 cup (soak for 1 hour)
Oil ................. 2-3 tbsps
Coconut ........ 3 tbsps or more (grated)
Curry leaves .... few (cut into pieces)
Salt ................. to taste
Mustard seeds .... 1 tsp
Urad dal .............. 2 tsps
Fenugreek seeds ... 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida ............ 2-3 pinches
Water .................. 2 & 1/2 cups



Method:
1. Drain the water from the soaked rice and grind it to a coarse texture without adding any water.
2. Remove it in a large bowl and add salt to taste, grated coconut and 2 cups of water. Mix it well.
3. In a thick bottomed pan heat the oil.
4. Add the asafoetida first, followed by urad dal and stir it until it changes the colour.
5. Now add the methi seeds and mustard seeds.
6. When they crackle add the curry leaves.
7. Saute a bit and add 1/2 cup of water. Add little salt.
8. Now stir in the ground rice mixture.
9. Keep stirring it continuously with a spatula adjusting the flame from high to low in between.
10. Do this until it starts leaving the sides and is thick like upma.
11. Remove it in a bowl and let it cool.

To make Undi / Pundi gatti:
1. Take a small lemon sized portion in your hands and make a round ball. You don't need to grease your palms as there is sufficient oil in the dough.
2. Slightly flatten it and make a depression in the middle with your index finger.
3. Make all the undis in the same way and set aside.
4. Using a steamer or idli cooker steam them for 8-10 minutes. You can also use a large pan with some water, place a metal coaster / ring and steam the undis in a steel strainer.
5. These are served with a spicy chutney and some jaggery syrup.


Check out the video to see the making process


Notes:
1.It is better to use coconut oil in this recipe if you can get it and like the taste of it.
2. The quantity of coconut can be increased to your liking.

This recipe is part of the , "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" challenge where a group of bloggers are paired with a different partner each month. They choose two secret ingredients from the chosen theme and we have to prepare the dish using them.
The theme for this month is - Udipi Cuisine suggested by Jayashree Trao of Evergreen Dishes 
I am paired with Mayuri Patel who blogs at Mayuri's Jikoni  gave me the two secret ingredients - Rice and Salt 
I had given her Bottle Gourd and Ginger. She made a delicious yogurt based curry Majjige Huli from Udipi Cuisine 


32 comments:

  1. A very healthy recipe . we tamilians make a slightly different variant of this, each cuisine has it's own spl touch ..will try this soon

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    1. Yes I remember it .. we used to have it in Chennai. Thanks Priya

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  2. This is an easy recipe and a good change from idli! I was wondering what it is when you first shared the picture :-) By the way, how long do you soak the rice for? The first step says drain the rice and grind it... but doesn't mention for how long to soak it for:o

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    1. Oops . forgot to mention .. soaked for 1 hour

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  3. This is such a classic recipe. We were youg and loved filling up those little holes with curry or chutney before gobbling them up. Such a filling recipe

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    1. Thank you so much and happy to know about your childhood memories attached with this dish

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  4. This one looks so delicious and sound quite easy to make. I will love to try this and pair it up with spicy coconut chutney..

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    1. Thanks Swati. You can relish them with any chutney of your choice.

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  5. This sounds similar to the Upma Kozhukattai we Tamilians make. :)

    Delicious, healthy dish that is perfect for breakfast or a light dinner.

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  6. Shobha, I've made Undi a few times as as breakfast option and the family simply loves it. Not difficult to make and its so delicious. Your preparation is tempting me to make it again soon.

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    1. Yes Mayuri .. we loved it too. Will make it again sometime soon. Thanks

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  7. This steamed rice dish sounds very nutritious and with the spicy chutney going in I am sure it must be delicious as well.

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    1. Thanks Poonam. It is super delicious and light.

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  8. This is so healthy and nutritious breakfast recipe. I love this .Tempted to make it soon.

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    1. Do make it Preethi.. You will just love it

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  9. Undi looks very tasty with yummy chutney di. I use idli rava di,loved your version, very well explained in video too. Will try this way next time.

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    1. Thanks for liking and complimenting. I am sure you will love this version too

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  10. This one looks so delicious and sound quite easy to make. A perfect healthy and nutritious breakfast option for sure.

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  11. I have heard my friend talk about undi..but I never tried it. Reading you recipe tempts me to make it very soon.

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  12. This is a very healthy and traditional breakfast recipe and I am trying this. Love that you have made it the traditional way

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    1. Yes Renu. I like using traditional methods . Thanks

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  13. Such a healthy and tasty breakfast recipe.. Sounds similar to Kozhukattai.

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  14. I have not made this, would love to try it sometime. Ammini Kozhukottai is something similar though there is a variation.

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    1. Yes, basically all these are similar with a little variation in each Southern state

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  15. Nutritious and delicious breakfast. One of my favourite breakfast recipe.

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  16. Very healthy breakfast and this has been on my to do list for long time. Looks too tempting to try soon.

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