Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kozhi Pidi/ Irachi pidi/ Rice dumplings in Chicken gravy

I used to dream that when my lil one starts school full day I will get  into some serious blogging and do a lot of cooking. Its almost  2 weeks since he started school and  still I havent done much of blogging or even cooking. When my parents were here my kitchen was soo busy and lots of cooking did happen but now expect in the morning my kitchen is all so quiet and my house is soo silent except the noise of  some cars speeding by ! So I guess getting into that mood might take some time as I am in the  holiday withdrawal  mode reminiscing all the good times we had the past 2 months. Now that I have a few hours all by myself I am also looking for options to make myself useful other than just sitting at home which  has also taken its toll on  my hobbies, but anyway I am sure about one thing whether I am  free or busy I will never abandon this little blog of mine :)

Anyway coming back to topic...Have you ever craved for something which you have never cooked or tried ?? Well one fine morning I got a craving for eating this from nowhere, I wonder how it came but that day  I ignored it beacuse if my laziness, but few days passed by and it was still in the corner of my mind and after a week or soo the craving  hit back with all its strength which  left with no choice rather than making it. So after googling it I came across few  recipes here here and here and  I adapted the recipe from all three to make  my own :) I am glad I did as we all loved it and now even if I crave for it I can rely on my blog to whip it up in a jiffy :)


For pidi/ dumplings

Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 - 1 1/2 cup
Shallots - 3-4 
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Grated coccnut - 1/2 cup

For chicken masala
Boneless chicken - 250 gm
Onion - 2( finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 small( finely chopped )
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger -garlic paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala or  chicken masala  -  1 tsp
Curry leaves
coriander leaves
Green chillies - 1 or 2

For coconut gravy 
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Whole garam masala ( small piece of cinnamon, one clove, one cardamom, one bay leaf )
Thin coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk - 1/4 cup


Making of Pidi
  • In a bowl take the rice flour, add salt, boiling water and make a dough. 
  • In a Mixie make a course paste of grated coconut, shallots and  fennel seeds.
  • Add the paste to dough and mix well, knead and  make a smooth dough.
  • Take a small ball of the dough( 1 tsp ) and roll it into a ball and gently press it down and make an impression in the middle with the thumb.                                                                           

  • Steam it for 10 minutes.

Making of chicken masala, coconut gravy and the final process.
  • Cut the Boneless chicken into small cubes.
  • Marinate the chicken cubes with chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chicken masala, pepper powder, ginger garlic paste and salt.
  • In a saucepan or cheena chatti /kadai add coconut oil and add fennel seeds and when it releases smell add  finely chopped onions, curry leaves  and saute until onions are brown and soft.
  • Add  chopped tomatoes and cook until mashed and becomes a paste.
  • Add marinated chicken, salt and cook until chicken is done
  • Meanwhile in a nonstick pan add coconut oil and add the whole garam masala and saute for a minute or so.
  • Add grated coconut and roast it until golden brown. Once its cool grind it into a paste.
  • Add the grinded paste and the thin coconut milk to the cooked chicken.
  • Add the steamed pidis/ dumplings to it and cook it covered for 3-4  minutes.The masala will be coated well into the dumpling now.
  • Finally add the thick coconut milk and when its about to boil turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves if you like.



Reshmi said...

Always wanted to try this out.. this is going to weekend special .. actually it is making me hungry

Priya Suresh said...

Kozhi pidi is quite a new for me, seriously am learning many new days nowadays through this virtual world.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious and inteesting

Rafeeda AR said...

such a droolworthy plate of kozhi pidi... seriously, i also do the same thing u do, refer to 3-4 blogs and then mix and match the ingredients... :) it's been ages since i've had this, infact so many stuff that i seriously miss eating, which umma used to make when we were small, i guess when she comes back i've to get her back to telling me atleast a skeletal view of how they were made... :)

Gayathri Ramanan said...

lovely presentation...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very tempting and delicious looking dumplings. wonderfully prepared.

Vimitha Anand said...

Feel like grabbing that plate. too good

PrathibhaSreejith said...

this was my lunchbox fav as a school kid, long time since i made it. You made me crave for Pidi now :)
Beautiful click Vini !!

Divya Shivaraman said...

nadan ruchi in nadan yummy and its simply tempting

Maha Gadde said...

This is new to me,but Luks very tempting.....

Avika said...

Looks yummy !! very much tempted to try this one out :)

Shibi Thomas @ FlavzCorner said...

I have heard about this pidi, but never tasted it. Is this a lunch item?

Vineetha said...

Thanks everyone...:)@shibhi ..Its a kind of a Heavy evening tea thing I think..not sure but we had this for evening tea but since we ate too much we were so full so skipped dinner :) so for us it was kind of dinner :)

Swathi Iyer said...

Kozhi pidi kollam.