Undi (Seasoned Rice Dumplings)

Undi, also known as steamed rice spheres or rice-coconut dumplings, is made with rice, grated coconut, and tempering.

This breakfast dish is frequently made in GSB Konkani homes. The greatest thing about undi is that it does not require fermentation, can be made ahead of time, and is a nearly fail-proof dish.

I usually make undi or rice balls the night before and keep them in the refrigerator in two batches, then steam and serve the next two mornings. Breakfast is set for the next two days.

Coconut Rice Dumplings, also known as “Undi” in some parts of India, are a delicacy made with glutinous rice, freshly grated coconut, urad dal, and chana dal . The mixture is shaped into small balls and then steamed until cooked through. Some recipes may also include other ingredients such as cardamom or nuts for additional flavor and texture. Coconut Rice Dumplings are often served as a dessert or snack and are popular in various regions of India and Southeast Asia.

Ingredients for Undi recipe

  • 1 cup glutinous rice
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • ¼ tsp methi/fenugreek
  • 2 dried red chili
  • few curries leave
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup water (boiling)

Instruction for Undi recipe

  1. Rinse the glutinous rice in the water a few times and then soak it in water for 4-6 hours.
  2. Drain the water and grind the rice coarsely in a food processor or blender. You can also use a mortar and pestle.
  3. In a nonstick skillet, heat the oil.
  4. Sauté the mustard seeds until they begin to sputter. Stir in the urad dal, chana dal, and curry leaves. and cook until it turns light golden.
  5. Pour in the drained rice, grated coconut, salt, and approximately 2 cups of water. Cook, covered, on a medium flame, stirring periodically, until the water evaporates. At this point, the rice should be fully cooked. However, because rice cooking times vary depending on brand and variety, feel free to add water in small increments and keep cooking.
  6. At this point, the rice should form a dough-like bulk, similar to an upma.
  7. Allow the combination to cool.
  8. For this step, keep a small bowl of water nearby. Wet your hands with water to keep the rice mixture from sticking.
  9. Roll a small portion of the rice mixture between your palms to create a golfball-sized ball. Finally, using the tip of your finger, create a small depression in the center of the dumpling. This is primarily for cosmetic purposes.
  10. Arrange the undis on a steaming platter. You can now cover it and store it in the refrigerator for the next day’s use.
  11. Over a medium flame, steam undis for 10-15 minutes.
  12. Undi is now complete. Serve immediately.

Tips and variations

  • Traditionally coarsely ground rice is used for undis and gives it a unique taste. This taste will be missing if you use Idli rava.
  • Undis can also be steamed in a pressure cooker without a whistle/weight.
  • Soaking the rice for several hours before grinding it will help it to soften and cook more evenly.
  • Make sure to steam the dumplings for at least 20 minutes, or until they are fully cooked and no longer sticky.
  • You can garnish them with extra grated coconut for added texture and flavor. Enjoy!
  • finally, undi recipe tastes great when served hot and with spicy chutney.

Serving suggestions

Coconut Rice Dumplings are best served warm. You can serve the dumplings with a sweet sauce made from coconut milk, sugar, and pandan leaves. Simply heat the coconut milk and sugar in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves, then add pandan leaves and let it simmer for a few minutes. Remove the pandan leaves and serve the sauce warm over the dumplings.

You can serve the dumplings with sliced fresh fruit such as mangoes or bananas. This will add a refreshing contrast to the sweet and sticky dumplings. Coconut Rice Dumplings make a great snack on their own. You can store them in an airtight container and serve them as a sweet treat throughout the day.


  • What is glutinous rice?

Glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice, is a type of short-grain rice that is high in starch. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine to make rice dumplings and desserts.

  • Can I use regular rice instead of glutinous rice?

No, regular rice will not work for this recipe as it does not have the same sticky texture as glutinous rice. You can find glutinous rice at most Asian grocery stores.

  • Can I use dried coconut flakes instead of freshly grated coconut?

Freshly grated coconut is recommended for this recipe as it has a more intense flavor and aroma. Dried coconut flakes may not give you the same results.

  • Can I make the dumplings ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dumplings ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Steam them again before serving to heat them up.

  • Can I freeze the dumplings?

Yes, you can freeze the dumplings for up to 1 month. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and steam them again before serving.

  • What other flavors can I add to the dumplings?

You can add flavors such as cardamom, cinnamon, or nutmeg for added flavor. You can also add chopped nuts such as cashews or almonds for added texture.



Calories 189kcal
Fat 14g
Carbohydrates 12g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A

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