Irachi Pidi (Rice dumplings in spicy meat gravy)


I have many childhood memories associated with this Irachi pidi. During my childhood my kuttandan grandmom used to make this every time i was there for my vacations. Summer vacation are always the time of harvesting (koythu) in Kuttanad .Thats was a merry time , with lots of kids around and we used to play and play and play..At the end of the day my mom's sisters(so many) will take us to the River, the famous Manimala river flowing infront of my mom's house in Muttar, to take bath and only then we were allowed to enter the house. Then Ammachi will come with this steaming Irachi pidi..ooh..we all will be in the Nadumuttam...waiting for this delicious dish and the moment we get it we gobble up so fast, as if somebody will snatch it away from us.Gone are those mellow times !!!!!!

Ingredients:-
Meat - 1/2 kg ( You can use beef,chicken or mutton;its better to use boneless)
Small onion chopped -1 cup
Ginger finely choopped - 2 tsp
Green chillies slit lengthwise - 4-5
crushed pepper - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Hot water - 3/4 cup
Thin coconut milk - 1 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Oil

Clean and cut the meat  into medium pieces .( i used beef, as i had beef then)
Put the meat pieces , 1 tsp of Chopped ginger , green chillies,cloves and salt in a pressure cooker and cook it for 2-3 whistles. Set aside
Combine rice flour, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, salt and hot water and knead it into a dough,as we do for  idiyappam. 
Make small balls with this dough,like the little ones of Kozhukkatta  and set aside( you can make it any shape you want)
Blend 1 tsp of ginger, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds ,Peppercons to a coarse paste
Heat oil in a pan , add curry leaves and sauté chopped small onions/Shallots until they are soft. 
Add the  spice paste & crushed pepper to the pan and stir fry for a couple of minutes. 
Now transfer the meat and some liquid from the pressure cooker to the pan and combine it well with masala.
Add the thin coconut milk and boil it for 5 minutes.
Now add the rice  balls into the gravy and simmer covered for 20-25 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked.
Stir in the thick coconut milk and remove from fire before it boils.serve warm

Recipe Courtesy: vanitha 

49 comments:

Tina said...

Ithum moshamallalloooo kappalodikkam kettoooooo adipoli....

Tresa Augustine said...

Simply delicious!!!Never had such a dish!!!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Never had this but sounds great......Delicious.Congrats well deserved awards.

pria said...

Congrats on ur awards dear, and this looks so delicious, my fav

Priya said...

I have never had this one before - will try it for sure - looks absolutely delicious

prasu said...

sounds delicious dear.......tempting click, never had this before....

chakhlere said...

Thats a nice and new dish. a perfect healthy and comforting meal.

priya said...

yum yum, dear!..looks so delicious..congrats on ur awards!

Rachel said...

Nice memories and definitely this recie is a keeper...I have a few recipes handed down by my ammachi too!

Sushma Mallya said...

Congraz on ur awards sarah...gravy looks very yummy...

shahana said...

'Pidiz'are ma favorite!!!next time undakkumbol oru ring tharu.njaan udane ethaam.
Thankz alot for sharing me the award dear!!!

Nandini said...

New and different dish! Sounds interesting! Congrats on your awards dear!

Rekha shoban said...

i never had this dish...looks delicious and congrats on ur awards!

AshKuku said...

oh! meat gravy & that too spicy is incredible.....I love meat gravy...but scared to eat because of its fat content....anyways... I will satiate myself with your prep..until next time I prepare it.....

And Yes Congrats!!!!!

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

ohh...kidilan erachi pidi..veruthe kothipichu..hmm..

Akal's Saappadu said...

your souvenirs remind me of my own grandma's preparartions !!:)I can never resist mutton curries; your gravy looks rich and hot; I'll enjoy that curry with idlis.!!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

and congratulations for the awards dear!!

Latha said...

Adipoli!!! congrats on ur awards.

aquadaze said...

this is something I haven't even heard of, but it looks abd sounds extremely delicious!!

Priya said...

Gravy looks lipsmacking and completely a new dish to me..

Nirmal said...

Girl,
I have never taken this,though i have heard a lot about it. Sounds easy to make.Nice candles.

lissie said...

ente mole, ivide vishannittu irikkan vayya...feel like having it right now! yummilicious!!!

Congrats on your awards! You truly deserve them!!! Thank you Sarah dear for your love and support! You made my day... :)

Saju said...

ayyyooo...u took me down memory lane..my grandma too makes this often..only she used to make it. If anyone felt like eating it, they will call grandama... We miss her a lot!
Our irachipidi is more thicker i mean the gravy gets coated up on the dumplings..
I have to make this someday!!

Saju said...

Thank u for sharing the award with me!!!

San said...

Cute blurb,enjoyed reading it.

Rice dumplings n the meat balls

looks classic sarah.

Padma said...

Beautiful click Sarah and the name is very new but looks very authentic and delicious. Also congrats on your awards :)

Vrinda said...

Adipoli...mukki thinnan thonnunnu..yummmmmmmmm

vineetha said...

Kidilan...Kanditu kothi varunu :)

Happy cook said...

One of our neighbour aunty used to give this when ever she made, looks so so delicious, you sure whipp up lots of delicous dishes.

Sarah Naveen said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments.
Saju,My ammachi also makes it thick at times,that too is fabulous..

Erica said...

I love all those childhood memories!!! I love all the ingredients in Indian cuisine,In Colombia we use coconut milk and cumin in a lot of our dishes.

Viki's Kitchen said...

We call this irachi pidi as thakkidi in my home town. Yours look so classic. Great for a dinner. Lovely recipe again.

kothiyavunu said...

Kidilam!...ente sarahe enne ingane kothipichu kolluaellee...vijaririkumbo thanne vaayil vellam niranju..:)Looks very tempting!!

kothiyavunu said...

Congrats on all your awards.. you truly deserve it. :) Keep rocking!!

Gita said...

Thats a lovely memory and dish Sarah...this dish is new to me...looks very tasty :)

Priya said...

valara nannayitta oru dish..U rock..

VS said...

Adipoli! yum yum yummy!

Dolly said...

Irresistible. Looks simply delicious and by the description of it in the post seems more like a Comfort food.

It would be apt for the cold weather. Will try this with chicken.

Sarah Naveen said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments..

Ally said...

How do you manage to come up with these dishes, truly amazing...!!!such a delight to so many new things that i would definitely try! besides how do you find the time to cook when yur working?

Rekha shoban said...

hi dear, collect my award from blog.

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanx Ally for the comment..I am not working right now,and my house is like a hang out place for our cousins...So i always try to make new new things..
:)..
Rekha thanx for sharing the award dear..

Ally said...

No i quit in 2007 after my son was born, quit during maternity leave. Cheeky me huh? I started cooking only a year and a half too. I sucked big time, but im much better now. Blogging was never even thought off, I guess i was wanting some avenue to unleash, kind ov like my time off and my space. I was with Goldman Sachs....dont miss work anymore. My son has taken care off that void in me...

Anu said...

Never heard of this but sounds great.. Looks delicious and yummy dear...

Oraphan said...

What an adorable childhood memories! I really enjoyed reading it. And this dish looks and sounds absolutely yummy, I will try with tofu pretty soon, YUM!

Oraphan said...

I also wanted to congrats on all the awards you received, you really deserved them:)

戴佩妮Penny said...

yummmmmmmmmmy :))))I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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Anonymous said...

kozhi pidi kettiitundu
irachi pidi first time enallo

NEENU said...

hi sarah,

i too have heard of pidi and irachi, but usually in our place we dont cook them together.. also for the rice dumplings the rice powder is roasted with some grated coconut(the colour should not change) and then mixed with cumin and garlic paste and then the dumplings are made.
we usually make varutharacha kozhi curry to go with this.. and is served seperately.
this is a speciality of thodupuzha , moovatupuzha , kothamangalam regions.
your variety is new to me..but will try it out some time and it looks very tempting.

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