Erachi Kadumbu/ Erachi Pidi ( Steamed Rice Dumplings in Beef / Mutton Gravy)


For Kadumbu (Rice dumplings)

1 1/2 cups rice flour
3/4 cup grated coconut
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup water

For Beef Gravy:

350 gm beef / mutton, cut into pieces
1 big onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp garam masala
salt to taste


  1. For preparing kadumbu, first crush grated coconut, fennel seeds and small onion together.
  2. Boil water and salt in a pan. Add this boiling water to the rice flour and mix well. 
  3. Add the crushed coconut mixture and knead well to a smooth dough.
  4. Make small balls out of the dough and slightly flatten it and steam cook in a steamer for 10-12 minutes..Keep them aside..
  5. To prepare the gravy, heat little oil in a pan and fry/roast 1/2 cup grated coconut and fennel seeds till golden.  Then grind it to a smooth paste adding enough water and keep it aside.
  6. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add sliced onions and saute till transparent. 
  7. Add green chillies, garlic paste and ginger paste and saute well. Add chopped tomato and mix well till soft.
  8. Add coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  9. Add cleaned beef/ mutton pieces and salt and mix well. Then pressure cook adding enough water (about 1- 1 1/2 of water) till done.
  10. Now add the ground coconut mixture and garam masala and cook for few minutes.
  11. When it starts to boil, add the prepared kadumbu/ rice dumplings, mix well and cook on low flame for 5-10 minutes or until the gravy is thick and well coated with rice dumplings….
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves….Serve as a main dish…   



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