This makes for a tasty evening snack. Delicious and healthy you can induce children to eat them by making different shapes.

What you need

For rice balls

Raw rice - 1 cup

Coconut, grated - 2 tbsp

Salt - to taste

Red chillies - 3-4

Bengal gram - 1 tsp

Broken black gram - 1 tsp

Mustard seeds - a pinch

Oil - 2 tsp

Water - 3 cups

For dal chutney

Bengal gram - 1 1/2 tsp

Red chilli - 1

Salt - to taste

Coconut - 1 1/2 tbsp

Tamarind/tamarind water - 1/2" piece / 1 tsp

Jaggery, optional - a pinch

Oil - 1 tsp

Cooking instructions

Take rice in a mixer and grind it to a course powder (rawa like consistency.)

Take a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, Bengal gram, black gram and red chillies. Fry till it turns golden brown. Now, add water and salt. Increase the flame, and let the water boil. When the water boils, lower the flame and add the rice powder. Stir occasionally. Cook till the water is fully absorbed (the paste should be like chapatti dough). Switch off the flame and cool for a few minutes. Make small balls of the cooked dough using a scoop or by hand.

Steam the balls for 20-25 minutes and serve hot with any chutney, preferably dal chutney.

In a small pan, heat oil, add Bengal gram and red chilli. Fry till it turns golden brown. Cool. Grind the fried gram with all other ingredients to a smooth paste and serve.

Bala Saranya R. is a homemaker who loves trying out different dishes. She is working on her first book on healthy food recipes drawn from her own cooking experiences.