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Oondi, a Konkan Delicacy {Recipe}

Oondi, a Konkan Delicacy {Recipe}

oondiOONDI (steamed rice and coconut dumplings) is a Konkani delicacy. Usually served with jaggery syrup and fresh homemade butter but works equally well maple syrup, coconut chutney, spicy garlic tomato chutney, potato saagu or coconut oil & pickles. The ‘dimple’ in the center is a typical trademark of Konkani Oondi’s. You may need to moisten your palms with water before u make these balls

You may use the grated frozen coconut instead of fresh grated coconut but  let it thaw completely before grinding.


Idli rava/ Cream of rice, 2 cups

Freshly grated coconut,1.5 cups

Mustard seeds, 1 tsp

Methi/ Fenugreek seeds, ½ tsp

Urad daal,  1/2 tsp

Hing/ Asafoetida powder, a pinch

Salt to taste .

Oil, 1 tbsp


Soak  idli rava in just enough water(water should be 1″ above the level of rava) for 1/2 hour.

Grind the grated coconut with half the quantity of the soaked idli rava till it is a fairly smooth batter( this should take only a couple of minutes.)

Now heat oil in a deep saucepan, add mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad daal  and pinch of hing powder.

After it splutters add the idli rava(after discarding the soaked water) and the ground coconut+rava mix, along with salt to taste. Keep stirring this on medium to low heat till all the liquid evaporates and the idli rava coconut mix becomes a round dough kind of ball. Take it off the heat.

When it is warm (but not cold) shape into round balls and steam like idlis for 8-10 minutes till done

– Recipe by Uma Prem Kumar, Compiled by Mona Malik


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