Rice Kolakata (Steamed Rice Balls)

I am pretty sure a lot of South Indians have grown up eating Rice Kolakatas. My grandma (on my mom’s side) made a lot of these when I was little and after our wedding, Kingsley’s mom made this a couple of times when we were in India. Kings and I share a few food favorites and this is one – so the other night I asked his mommy how she makes it and we made this over the weekend. Kings get 50% credit on this one because he came in to help for a little while.


  • Rice flour – ground fine
  • Water
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Coconut – freshly grated is always the best!
  • Sugar – Brown / White or if you have Jaggery its the best!

As you read in the Title, the cooking is done with steam – so if you have a pressure cooker you can get it done (without putting the whistle on) really fast. Just put the rice kolakata’s in a bowl, fill the pressure cooker with some water -gently put the bowl in the cooker and let it cook. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can use an electric rice cooker. If you are using a rice cooker, then first get that started before getting to the next part. Fill the cooker pot with water (about 75%) and most of the rice cookers come with a steamer tray, so we will use that to put the kolakatas on. Turn the cooker on to COOK and allow it to start its work.

So in a bowl mix the rice flour with some salt, and slowly pour the water, to form a workable dough – it should not be too runny nor too dry.

In a separate bowl mix the coconut and sugar. Take some dough in your hands, flatten it a bit with your palms, and in the middle spoon a little of the coconut and sugar mixture. Seal it and put it on the tray. You might find the sealing part a little trickey, but play around and for sure you will get this kolakatas fine.

Let this cook – it took less than 30mins, and I tested it by cutting one in the middle and trying to see if the rice flour had cooked through. When the smell of the rice flour is gone, its ready to be served!

This is great for breakfast or as a snack. You might need to serve this with some sugar on the side, but it totally depends on the person’s choice


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