Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe)

Uma Raghuraman
Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe)
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Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe) is made with little millets. Millets are wonder grains, a storehouse of nutrients, fiber and minerals. These grains are healthy and gluten free and are ideal even for Navratri Vrat fasting. 'Pidi Kozhakattai' means dumplings shaped using the gentle pressure of the palm. The millets and lentils are cooked over the stove top and then shaped and steam cooked. Minimal use of oil makes this dish a low-calorie meal. Use of lentils along with grains makes this tiffin wholesome. You can serve the Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe) along with your choice of sambar. Idli Milagai Podi is also a great accompaniment to this tiffin.

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Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Course: South Indian Breakfast
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Prep in

40 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

60 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Mixed millets
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split) , husken and green gram
  • For Tempering:
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) , coarsely powdered
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 inch Ginger , peeled and grated or finely chopped
  • 3-4 Whole Black Peppercorns , coarsely powdered
  • 3-4 Green Chilli , roughly chopped
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves , roughly chopped

How to make Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe)

  1. To prepare Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe), wash and soak Samai Arisi in water for 30 minutes.

  2. Wash and boil the moong dal and set it aside.

  3. Heat a wide pan with oil over low flame and temper with ingredients given under' for tempering'.

  4. Once the sizzle, add water (approximately 2 cups) to the pan.

  5. Sprinkle the required amount of salt.

  6. Drain the soaked samai rice and add it to the pan.

  7. Let the samai rice cook over low flame for 7-8 minutes.

  8. Add the cooked moong dal and mix well.

  9. Let the mixture come together and all the excess water absorbed, such that the mixture can come together when shaped.

  10. Switch off and allow it to cool for 5-7 minutes.

  11. Grease your hands with oil and start to shape the dumpings (you can shape them into oblong or round shape).

  12. Once you have shaped the entire mixture, arrange them in a greased vessel/steamer and steam the dumplings for 10 minutes. Switch off.

  13. Tasty and traditional Samai Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai (Tamil Nadu Breakfast Recipe) can be now served with your choice of sambar.