Monday, November 3, 2008


Phanna oondi is the konkani term for steamed dumpling with seasonings.This is one of my favorite dish that my mom prepares.It's usually made using idli rava.It can be prepared plain without the seasonings as well but the seasonings give a fantastic taste to it and thats what makes this special.To make it more colorful one can also add finely chopped vegetables like beans,carrot and peas.The best side dish to have with phanna oondi is tomato curry or tomato pickle.

This is post for the 3rd of RM2 started by DK.



idli rava - 1 cup

shredded coconut - 1 cup (grind to a paste)

water 3 cups

mustard seeds-1 tsp

red chilly - 4-5 nos

cashew pieces - 2-3 tbsp

curry leaves - of 1 sprig

asafoeteda powder - a pinch

salt to taste


In a shallow bottom pan or kadai heat some oil.Add mustard seeds.When it starts to crackle add red chillies,curryleaves and asafoetida.Now add the cashew pieces and lightly brown them.If adding vegetables then add them now and fry them slightly until its soft. Than add the water,grinded coconut and salt. Ones it starts to boil mix in the idli rava,close it and cook on a low flame for about 4-5 mins.It will become thick.At this point turn off the flame and let it cool.Ones it cool form round balls of it and steam it for about 5 mins.I used idli stand for steaming the dumplings.Serve hot with tomato curry or pickle.



Onion - 1 , chopped

tomato - 2 nos , diced

mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

turmeric pdr - 1/2 tsp

red chilli pdr - 1/2 tsp

green chillies - 3 nos , slit

curry leaves - of 1 sprig

coriander pdr - 1 tsp

coriander leaves - a bunch,chopped

salt to taste


Heat some oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds.Ones it starts to crackle add cumin seeds,curry leaves,and green chillies.Then add chopped onions .Stir until its soft.Then add turmeric pdr,chilli pdr and coriander pdr.If it gets too dry sprinkle some water.Then add the tomatoes and cook it.Ones its soft mash the tomatoes using a wooden spoon.Pour some water and season it with salt.Close the pan and let it cook on a medium flame for sometime,until the gravy starts to bubble.Then add the coriander leaves.Serve hot with phanna oondi.

Drop by my fellow marathoner's blogs to see what they have prepared today :).

1) DK

2) Siri

3) Srivalli


6)Curry Leaf









15)Divya Kudua


17)Divya M



20)Lakshmi Venkatesh


kamala said...

We make it a different way..Love the chutney too Ranji..Nice pics

Arundathi said...

we make this too and call it idli kozhakattai... i love this stuff.

lakshmi said...

OMG, that looks so fabulous. I am definitely making this for breakfast this week. I love the idea. I am sure it taste fabulous.

Happy cook said...

I have neve rhad them, but would love to taste them.

raaji said...

hey those dumplings look great......i have the normal idli plates...i dont have the button idli plates.....i guess i can use the same for making them....

Srivalli said...

That looks so cute ranji...must taste great!

DEESHA said...

that looks real yumm

Madhu said...

Those are so cute, its similar to rava idly we make. Thanks for the new recipe. Pics are mouthwatering, Good one Ranji.

Ramya said...

Yummy - Good Job! Collect your award from!

Divya Vikram said...

I am planning to get this vessel when I got to India! Looks pretty n tempting!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

upma kozhakattai is looking great & perfect.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely,I too make it though I serve it with chutney

Roopa said...

Ranji, loved your phanna oondi. I never knew about this thing until you posted about it, looking forward to try it some day:) By the way those idli plates look awesome:) I guess those are used to make mini idlis right? tomato curry looks a very good combination with oondi:) good going!

Uma said...

looks so delicious!

Medhaa said...

Never heard of this but love it, I do have idli rava so am going to try this soon

Bhawana said...

vry tempting recipe. though I never tried or tasted so far. a must try.

Kalai said...

Delicious and new idea for me to try out! Quick and easy, too! :)

rekhas kitchen said...

hey one of my fav.but never tried with tomato chutney looks tempting said...

Just like raaji , also i have the normal idli plates i dont have the button idli plates but i think we can use the same for making "PHANNA OONDI".As a change will surely like to try it in place of Idli :-)


Vij said...

Looks lovely... we call this idly kozhukatai! amazing pics! gr8 job.

PJ said...

Tomato curry looks soooo delicious.Great pics!

Divya Kudua said...

Undi looks so pretty Ranji...I loved the pic of them sitting pretty on the idli stand..I always have it with honey or jaggery syrup..tomato curry should be a tangy combo isn't it?