Sanna Khotto- Steamed Rice and split Pigeon pea Dumplings Recipe.

This is the fourth variety of Sanna khotto that I am posting today. This is a traditional Konkani recipe which is prepared during the month of Shravan or during Navratri when onion and Garlic are generally avoided. A dumpling where Asafoetida is the ingredient which adds to the flavour.


  • 125 gms Rice
  • 125 gms Split Pigeon peas/ Toor Dal
  • 1 Coconut grated
  • 25 roasted Byadgi chillies
  • A kidney beans sized piece of Hing/ Asafoetida
  • 1 heaped tsp tamarind paste
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil


Wash and soak the rice and split pigeon peas for four hours. Drain and keep aside. Grind the coconut, roasted red chillies, Hing and tamarind to a smooth paste. Add the rice and split Pigeon peas and grind to a semolina like consistency. Do not make a smooth batter. It’s the coarseness which adds to the texture of the Sanna khotto. Add salt and mix thoroughly.

Heat water in a pan or in the Idli Cooker. Place the stand over it. Keep the water boiling. Grease the katoris ( small bowls) with coconut oil. Pour in the prepared batter and place them on the stand. Cover and steam till done. The process takes about fifteen minutes. To check whether the Sanna khotto is ready, insert a knife in it. It should come out clean. Remove from flame and keep aside to cool. Unmould and serve drizzled with oil. Goes well with Dal and Rice.

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