Basale pundi recipe | How to make basale pundi | Steamed rice dumplings in onion gravy

By Latha on April 12th, 2017

basale pundi recipe

Basale pundi recipe explained with step by step pictures. This is a typical Mangalore style or tulunad style traditional breakfast recipe. Basale pundi is nothing but steamed rice dumplings in onion gravy. Basale pundi is prepared using rice, onion, coconut and spices.

Pundi gatti or unde kadubu is a very popular breakfast recipe across Malnad and Mangalore-Udupi region of Karnataka. Whereas this basale pundi is slighlty different. Here small rice dumplings are made and then they are soaked in onion sambar or gravy. This basale pundi is a traditional recipe and I learnt this recipe from my Mother-in-law.

Preparing basale pundi is time consuming. But once it is prepared, you need not worry about chutney or any side dishes. You can straight away serve it with ghee or coconut oil. The steamed rice dumplings tastes great, when they are soaked in the onion sambar or gravy. I would say this is a must try recipe.

I have posted many steamed recipes on this website like Pundi gatti or unde kadubu, kayi kadubu, kara kadubu, eeradye, pathrode, nuchinunde, idli, cucumber idli and pumpkin sweet idli recipes. Steamed recipes are very healthy.

Apart from these you can find many sweet recipes, snacks recipes, breakfast recipes, Malnad recieps and Udupi-Mangalore recieps on this website. Do Read, Try and Enjoy!!

Basale pundi recipe

Preparation time: 8 hours + 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serves: 3

Ingredients for pundi: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1 cup good quality dosa rice or sona masuri rice
  2. 2 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup grated coconut
  4. Salt as per your taste

Ingredients for gravy: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 2 big onions
  2. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  3. 1 tsp crystal salt (or as per your taste)
  4. Small marble sized tamarind

Ingredients for roasting and grinding:

  1. 1/2 cup grated coconut
  2. 2 - 4 red chili
  3. 1 tsp urad dal
  4. 2 tsp coriander seeds
  5. 1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
  6. 7 - 8 fenugreek seeds
  7. 1 tsp cooking oil

Ingredients for tempering:

  1. 5 - 6 curry leaves
  2. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  3. A pinch of asafoetida
  4. 2 tsp cooking oil

Instructions for making basale pundi:

  1. Rinse the rice, drain the water and spread it on a cloth or plate. Wait until dry.rinsed rice for basale pundi
  2. Once it is dry, dry grind it until coarse powder. The consistency should be in between fine powder and rava.home made rice rava for basale pundi
  3. Once it is done, add in grated coconut pulse it few times. Or just run the mixie for few more seconds.coconut for basale pundi
  4. Next boil the water in a wide pan along with salt.boil water for basale pundi
  5. When it starts boiling add in rice rava gradually by stirring continuously using a flat spatula. Stirring continuously is very important to avoid lumps.rice rava for basale pundi
  6. Keep stirring continuously for few minutes under medium flame. In no time it will become thick. If the spatula can stand erect in the dough, it is done. Switch off the stove. The dough will be very soft at this stage.dough for basale pundi
  7. Wait until warm. Wet your fingers with water and make gooseberry sized balls. Steam cook it for 15 minutes under medium flame.steaming basale pundi
  8. Now to prepare gravy, heat a frying pan and roast red chilies, urad dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds under medium flame using a tsp of oil. Fry until dal turns brown but take care not to burn any of them.fried spices for basale pundi
  9. Grind roasted spices and grated coconut using a mixer grinder. Use required water and grind until smooth. Set it aside.grinding masala for basale pundi
  10. Next prepare tempering using oil, mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.tempering basale pundi
  11. Add in finely chopped onion and fry until soft.onion for basale pundi
  12. Add in a pinch of turmeric powder and 1/4 cup of water. Close the lid and let it cook completely.tempering basale pundi
  13. Then add in the ground masala.ground masala for basale pundi
  14. Add in required salt, tamarind extract and required water to make a thin gravy.salt and tamarind for basale pundi
  15. Mix well and bring it to boil. Optionally add in coriander leaves and switch off the stove.boiling gravy for basale pundi
  16. Finally add in steamed dumplings and rest it for 10 minutes. Serve with ghee and enjoy.steamed dumplings in gravy for basale pundi

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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