Its treat to the eyes and yummy in tummy. Its decorated chicken dumpling, shaped like flowers. Named after “Kodom Phul” , a flower which primarily grows in Tropical Region in India primarily Eastern and southern Part of India . Its tropical tree native to South and South East Asia. See picture.
The dumplings look similar to the Kodom Phul. I have made few yellow and red dumplings to using turmeric and red chili powder to look closed to the original flower. Its cooked in steam with minimum fat so its healthy, Gluten free recipe. Key ingredients are chicken and rice. To make it healthier, it can be cooked using brown rice too. But it will take more time than usual time taken for basmati rice. Its best to cook with a rice which cooks fast.
- Minced chicken – 1 cup
- Finely chopped onion- 2 tblspn
- Finely chopped green chili- 1-2 tspn
- Grated or powdered- garlic- 1 tspn
- Crushed black or white pepper- 1 tspn
- Egg- 1
- Rice basmati for long petals/brown/short grain flavoured- ½ cup
- Turmeric- ½ tspn fpr colour(optional)
- Ted chili powder- ½ tspn for colour(optional)
- Salt to taste
- Olive/white oil- 1 tblspn
Wash and soak the rice for at least 1 hr. Brown rice takes much time to cook so it will take much soaking. Best result is with aromatic basmati rice. Strain the rice in a muslin so that it becomes dry. Pat the rice with muslin or kitchen towel.
If you want coloured balls the divide the dry rice. Add turmeric or chili powder to the rice.
Put the minced chicken in a bowl. Add onion, green chili, garlic, pepper, salt and 1 tspn oil. Combine all. Use your fingers to mix it well. Add egg and combine again. Refrigerate for at least 15 mins to ½ hr.
Make small balls out of the minced meat mix. Now quote the dumplings with rice nicely all over.
In a steamer or momo maker or in a pressure cooker you can cook the dumplings.
Option 1- Brush the steamer bowl with little oil. Arrange the balls in the steamer keeping at least 1” distance between. Cook it in steamer at least 20-25 mins. Or till the rice is cooked.
Option 2- Arrange the balls in a flat based bowl. Pour 1 glass of water in the base. Place the bowl and cook for 10 mins or till the water dries up.