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KHARA KADUBU RECIPE / ULUNDU KOZHUKATTAI RECIPE

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khara kadubu recipe

Khara Kadubu / Ulundu Kozhukattai  – is a traditional delicacy where in rice batter is filled with a spicy urad dal mixture, wrapped in Turmeric / Banana leaves and steam cooked . Turmeric / Banana leaf gives tempting aroma and taste to this khara kadubu, making it mouth watering . Tastes amazing when served with coconut chutney / mango pickle .

Few more other similar traditional recipes that you can check from blog Genasale ( Sweet version of Khara kadubu ) , Cucumber Idli , Pathrode etc .

What is Khara Kadubu ?

This is one of the traditional recipe from Karnataka .Khara Kadubu is basically rice dumplings stuffed with spicy lentil urad dal mixture and steamed in turmeric leaf / banana leaf. They are protein packed and makes a great choice as a snack or breakfast .Khara in Kannada means “Spicy ” and ” Kadubu ” means steamed dumpling.

There are two versions of Kadubu , that’s usually made . Sihi Kaddubu or Kayi Kadubu ( filled with coconut jaggery mix ) and kara kadubu ( filled with spiced lentil , herbs and spices )

Soaked rice is ground into thick batter and evenly spread on turmeric leaf / banana leaf. Later a spicy thick urad dal batter mixture is spread on the rice batter and the leaf is folded gently , placed in a steamer and steam cooked .

It’s Oil free , steamed cook .. making it a healthy guilt free indulgence.

There is another version of this dish – made without leaves which I will post sometime.

We cook kara kadubu on Nagarapanchami & Gaensha Chaturthi and offer it as naivedhyam. I try to source few turmeric leaves while making these kadubus.

Turmeric leaves or Arishina Ele are very aromatic and this aroma is transferred to the sweet dish. The health benefits of turmeric are universally known. The aroma fragrance it imparts to any dish is versatile.When steaming these delicacies, the whole house smells divine and i am sure, you have to keep aside a few for your neighbours.

turmeric leaf

Ingredients for Khara Kadubu Recipe :

  • Rice –You can use sona masoori or Dosa rice in this recipe.
  • Lentil– I use urad dal . Some people make the khara kadubu with channa dal too . Method for both remain the same , except for the change in dal .
  • Spices and Herbs : Some chillies , Pepper , Ginger and herbs are added for flavoring.
  • Turmeric / Banana Leaf – for steaming the kadubu s . There is another version without using leaf , where in the rice dough is pre cooked , flattened , dough stuffed and steamed . I will share that version some time .

Genasale recipe with Step by step photos :

Wash & soak rice in water for 3-4 hours

Drain the water and transfer soaked rice to a mixer jar . Add coconut , salt and very little water .

grind everything to a smooth batter . Transfer to a bowl .

Check the consistency of the batter . It should not be too thin .The batter consistency should be thick (thicker than milkshake).If required add 2-3 tbsp water to adjust consistency.

To prepare the stuffing , Soak Urad dal for 1-2 hour . Soak channa dal separately for an hour .

Drain the excess water.Grind soaked urad dal by adding very very little water. Transfer to a bowl.

To that add finely chopped green chillies , ginger , curry leaves , slightly crushed pepper corns,hing.

Mix well .Add salt to the batter just before spreading, else it will become watery.

Clean all the leaves,wipe them with kitchen towel and now its ready for stuffing.If the turmeric leaf / banana leaf are too long, you can cut them into two horizontally and use it for filling.

Arrange all the leaves in a row and start spreading the batter.Spread a table spoon of batter on each leaves as shown in the picture.Try to spread the batter evenly for the better results.

Now take some stuffing and On one half of the batter, spread the urad dal mixture evenly..

Proceed the same with all the leaves.

Meanwhile , take some water in the idli steamer and keep for boil.

Now gently fold the leaf in middle and press the edges so that the batter doesn’t flow out.you can either fold vertically or horizontally.Once done its ready for steaming.

Gently place them in a steamer / idli stand and steam cook them for 10-15 minutes .

When the turmeric /banana leaves fades in color, its an indication that kara kadubu is done 

Let them cool down a bit,peel off the leaf before you serve.

Serve it as such or with coconut chutney or mango pickle

Points to note while making Khara Kadubu :

  • Grind rice batter to a very smooth paste .
  • In case rice batter turned little watery you can add few tsps of rice flour /maida .
  • Version 2 filling: Instead of Urad dal you can use soaked chana dal (Bengal Gram ) /soaked tuvar dal ( pigeon peas ). Rest same as above.Also you can include chopped coconut, coriander leaves etc for the stuffing.
  • Grind the lentil batter to a smooth paste and it should be as thick as possible. Remember to add salt only when you are ready to do .
  • Make sure the idli steamer is ready with water boiling inside it.Do not place the genasale inside idli steamer before pre heating it.Doing so could make the batter flow out of the leaves after you place them in the steamer.
  • Always arrange the kadubu in such a way that the steam passes through each and every eeradde while cooking.
  • If only the urad dal stuffing is left out and you don’t have rice batter,don’t worry. Pour the stuffing mix to greased idly moulds,steam cook them to get super soft spicy idly s 
khara kadubu recipe

KHARA UDDINA KADUBU

Smitha Kalluraya
a traditional dish made from rice, stuffed with spicy flavorful lentil mix , wrapped in turmeric leaf / banana leaf and steamed cooked
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
SOAK TIME 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 15 number

Ingredients
 

For the outer Cover :

  • 2 Cups Rice
  • 1/4 cup coconut, grated
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

For the filling :

  • 1 Cup Urad Dal / Split black gram, soaked
  • 2-3 tbsp Channa dala , soaked
  • 3 – 4 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • Few peppercorns, (optional)
  • few sprigs Curry Leaves, finely chopped
  • few sprigs Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
  • little Ginger, finely chopped
  • a pinch Hing /Asafoetida
  • Salt, as per taste
  • few Banana leaves / turmeric

Instructions
 

  • Wash & soak rice in water for 3-4 hours.
    Drain the water and transfer soaked rice to a mixer jar . Add coconut , salt and very little water .
    grind everything to a smooth batter . Transfer to a bowl .
  • Check the consistency of the batter . It should not be too thin .The batter consistency should be thick (thicker than milkshake).If required add 2-3 tbsp water to adjust consistency.
  • To prepare the stuffing , Soak Urad dal for 1-2 hour . Soak channa dal separately for an hour .
  • Drain the excess water.Grind soaked urad dal by adding very very little water. Transfer to a bowl.
  • To that add soaked drained channa dal, finely chopped green chillies , ginger , curry leaves , slightly crushed pepper corns,hing.
  • Clean all the leaves,wipe them with kitchen towel and now its ready for stuffing.If the turmeric leaf / banana leaf are too long, you can cut them into two horizontally and use it for filling.
  • Arrange all the leaves in a row and start spreading the batter.Spread a table spoon of batter on each leaves as shown in the picture.Try to spread the batter evenly for the better results.
  • Now take some stuffing and On one half of the batter, spread the urad dal mixture evenly..Proceed the same with all the leaves
  • Meanwhile arrange all the leaves in a row and start spreading the batter.Spread a table spoon of batter on each leaves as shown in the picture.You have to spread the batter evenly for the better results.
  • Now take some stuffing and nicely spread it in a single line.The stuffing should be in the center . You can fold the leaf horizontally or vertically.
  • Proceed the same with all the leaves.Once done its ready for steaming.
  • Meanwhile , take some water in the idli steamer and keep for boil.
  • Now gently fold the leaf in middle and press the edges so that the batter doesn’t flow out.you can either fold vertically or horizontally.Once done its ready for steaming.
  • Gently place them in a steamer / idli stand and steam cook them for 10-15 minutes .When the turmeric /banana leaves fades in color, its an indication that kara kadubu is done 
  • Let them cool down a bit,peel off the leaf before you serve.
  • Serve it as such or with coconut chutney or mango pickle

Video

Notes

This post was published on Aug 13 th 2013 and re published with better images and content on 3rd Sep 2021 . 
Keyword how to do kara kadubu, khara kadubu recipe

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10 Comments

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    Anonymous
    August 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Le putti, bhala chennagi bari ti mari

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    August 20, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Thx..Tanzania da hosa ruchi..kalisi.Try madona 🙂

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    Rashmi
    August 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

    This looks to be delicious….need to try it…..All the best with ur food blog smitha…Regards Rashmi

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    Smitha
    August 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Thx rashmi..Try it out and let me knw hw u liked..

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    Akshatha H
    August 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Smitha Akka, Chennagi bardidira , trying out ada dose… 🙂

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    August 26, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Thx Akshatha.. Ade dose is easy.. try out n let me knw hw it turned 🙂

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Thx Sowmya.. have added the link n the logo…

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    you have so many beautiful recipes!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!Sowmya

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