Cook's Hideout: Poushtik Moti (Seasoned and spiced Rice balls)

November 02, 2013

Poushtik Moti (Seasoned and spiced Rice balls)

Wish you All a very Happy Diwali..
Hope everyone is enjoying the festival. Today's post is going to be short because I've to cook for Diwali lunch, then attend an early Thanksgiving party in the evening. Too many things going on in the head and in the kitchen, so I'm going to keep this post short and simple.
This dish is perfect for days like the one I'm having today. Too many things going on and suddenly you realize that you have only sweet dishes and forgot to make the savory dish. You also don't want to make anything deep fried, then this dish is perfect for you.
Poushtik Moti (Seasoned and spiced Rice balls)

All you need is rice rawa or cream of rice and you have a fabulous savory snack or a dish to offer to God as prasad. I saw this recipe on a cooking show, the name 'Poushtik Moti' intrigued me and I noted the recipe down. It was not until much later that the situation described above happened in our house and I decided to try this dish. Poushtik means healthy and Moti means pearls, so this dish literally means 'Healthy Pearls'.

Rice rawa (store bought or home-made) - 1cup
Salt - to taste
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Chana dal - 2tsp
Urad dal - 2tsp
Dry red chili - 1
Green chilies - 2, slit
Almonds - 2tsp, chopped
Cashews - 2tsp, chopped
Turmeric - ½tsp

  • Bring 2~2½cups of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. Then slowly add rawa stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Cook covered on medium-low flame until rawa is completely cooked through and water is absorbed.
  • Cool the mixture and form small balls. Set aside.
  • Heat 1~2tbsp ghee in a saute pan; add mustard and cumin seeds; once the seeds start to splutter, add rest of the ingredients and saute until dals and nuts are golden. 
  • Add the rice balls and mix well so everything is evenly coated with the tempering ingredients. Serve hot.
Poushtik Moti (Seasoned and spiced Rice balls)

Sending these over to Valli's 'Cooking with Cookbook Challenge'.



  1. The name is indeed intriguing!!

  2. I'm always on the look out for un-fried snacks & this sounds good :)

  3. This is a lovely quick dish! Much needed for my crazy evenings :)

  4. Looks delicious... we kozhakattai this way however with rice flour sans dry fruits...

  5. what an interesting dish...will have to try this one

  6. These look delicious. I have never attempted making these before. Hope to try it soon

  7. I tasted a similar snack made by my neighbour. it was delicious. you tempted me to make some.

  8. Very different name Pavani...I know with the festival day on the same day we hardly could find time to do a proper post..:)..hope you enjoyed the day with family.

  9. Those siced pearls are just fabulous for a healthy snack, sounds exactly like our mani kozhukattais.

  10. The name is indeed interesting! Those healthy pearls are beautiful and must be very tasty too.

  11. Interesting name and a real quick fix snack.


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