Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sanna Khotto (Cabbage- Rice dumplings)

Sanna Khotto is a very popular dish of the Konkanis. Traditionally these dumplings are steamed in banana leaves. The banana leaves gives a different flavor to these steamed dumplings. They can also be steamed in idli moulds as i had done in one of my older posts- Hinga muddo . I wanted to show each step through pictures, as it is difficult to understand through words. So enjoy making this. 

  • Rice- 1 cup
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 3/4 cup
  • Roasted red chillies- 4-5
  • Tamarind- A small ball (gooseberry sized)
  • Cabbage- 1/4 th of a small one
  • Onion, medium sized- 1
  • Salt- To taste
  • Banana leaves- As required (optional)*
*Use idli moulds if you don't have banana leaves.


Soak rice for 1-2 hours. Now grind grated coconut, red chillies and tamarind without adding water. To this add the soaked rice without water. Start grinding so as to get coarse grains of rice (just like idli rava. If you make a smooth paste then the idlis will turn hard after steaming). Use water as less as possible. The mixture should be firm, in order to get firm dumplings. Transfer this mixture to a bowl. To this add finely chopped cabbage and onion, Salt to taste. Mix well. The mixture looks as shown below.

Now clean the banana leaves (the banana leaves should be completely dry before the mixture is put on it). Cut the banana leaves into rectangular or square pieces. Now start spreading little amount of the mixture on each piece (I have shown two pieces of banana leaf. On each leaf, I have spread a portion of the mixture). If using idli moulds, then simply put the mixture half way through in each of the greased moulds.

Once spreading of the mixture on the banana leaf is done, then start folding vertically on either sides, of each one of them.

Then fold the leaf on the remaining two sides, so as to form a pocket and the mixture is secured from all sides.

See it looks like this finally.

Arrange each one of these pockets in a steamer.

Steam in for 20-25 minutes. Sanna Khotto is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice with generous amount of coconut oil on it. A perfect combination of lunch which I like is- Rice, Dalitoy, Sanna Khotto and phanna taak. Heavenly..:-)

Note: If you don't like cabbage then you can skip it. In that case increase the amount of onion. Even these dumplings taste equally good.

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