Neer urundai aka uppu urundai is my mil’s traditional breakfast/dinner recipes.We usually prepare this neer urundai whenever Sendhil needs easy to digest dinner recipes.U can make this by reserving some rice batter while u make idli,dosa batter.In this recipe,we cook rice balls in water and we drink that water adding jaggery or salt.My mil says this kanji/porridge is very good for stomach.Its procedure is very similar to ammini kozhukattai but no need to roll it very small . Over to the recipe,
Neer urundai/Steamed rice balls
Neer urundai - Our traditional dinner recipe. Tastes yummy and easy to digest too.
Prep time:2 hrs
Cook time:40 min
Total time:30 Minutes
To soak and grind
Boiled rice/Idli rice –1.5 cups
Salt - as needed
To add in the batter
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
To make kanji
Grated jaggery or salt - as needed to taste
FOR PEPPER BALLS
Pepper corns- 1.5 tsp
Jeera/Cumin – 1 tsp
Wash and soak the rice for 2 hours.Grind it to a smooth,thick batter.Do not add more water while grinding.After removing the batter ,add grated coconut and mix well.
Make balls of small gooseberry size.Spread them in the newspaper.Excess water gets absorbed by the paper.
Now boil 3-4 cups of water.When the water comes to roll boil,add the balls altogether.Balls will get separated after they cook.
Let it cook for 5-8 minutes.Do not cover the pan.To test whether the balls are cooked,take one ball with a slotted ladle and drop it in a plate.It will not stick to the plate instead it bounces.If the balls are not cooked,it will sit in the plate instead of bouncing.
Remove all the balls and set aside.Coarsely powder the pepper and jeera.
For tempering,heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan and add the powdered pepper,jeera seeds.Saute for a minute.Add the balls to the pan.Mix well till all the balls are coated.Remove and serve hot immediately.
To make kanji – Add either jaggery or salt to the water in which the balls were cooked.It would be slightly thicker and white in color.Add the required jaggery and boil for sometime .Add cardamom powder for sweet kanji. For salt kanji,add salt and buttermilk if needed.Drink immediately.
If u feel,u have used excess water for grinding,put the batter in a hot kadai and mix till all the excess water is absorbed and it turns like a thick dough.By doing this,balls will also be much softer.This step is completely optional.We use it only for troubleshooting.