KunjiPathal, what this name indicates is that these are small/coin size rice steamed dish which is then mixed with meat and its gravy, it’s from very old Malabar traditional tasty food menu yet still a favorite menu even for new gen kids. You must try this to believe it.


Cooking Time:
45 Min

Pressure Cooker, Steamer


For Beef Curry

  • Beef | 500g
  • Onion | 3 large
  • Tomato | 2 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste | 1 tbsp
  • Green chilly | 4 nos
  • Red chilly powder | 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder | 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder | 1 Tsp
  • Garam masala | 1 Tsp
  • Pepper powder | 1 Tsp
  • Grated Coconut | 1 cup
  • Water | as required
  • Salt | to taste
  • Oil | 4 tbsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves.

For Rice Balls

  • Rice flour | 1/2 cup
  • Grated coconut | 1/2 cup
  • Long grain rice | 1 cup
  • Fennel seeds | 1 Tsp
  • Onion | 1 small
  • Water | as required
  • Salt | to taste

How to Cook!


Step 1

  • Soak long grain rice in water for 3 hours
  • Now add soaked rice, grated coconut, roughly chopped onion and fennel seeds into a grinder.
  • Grind it with minimum water until you get a grainy mixture.
  • Transfer it to a large bowl and add rice flour and salt.
  • Mix well using hands until you get a smooth dough.

Step 2

  • Apply oil to the hands and make small rice balls out of the dough.
  • Gently press the balls and make-in shape of a coin.
  • Keep these pressed rice balls in a steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  • Rice balls will harden when it is cooked completely.
  • Keep it ready for adding to beef curry.

Step 3

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker
  • Add sliced onion and sauté until soft
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and cook until mushy
  • Add 1 tbsp red chilly powder,1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder and turmeric powder. Give a good mix.
  • Cut and clean the beef, add the masala and add salt according to taste.
  • Add 1 cup of water and close the lid.
  • Keep it in low flame for 30 minutes after 1 whistle.

Step 4

  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add grated coconut.
  • Sauté until golden brown, switch off the flame
  • Once it is cooled, grind it into a paste by adding required amount of water

Step 5

  • When the beef is cooked completely, add coconut paste and mix well.
  • Add curry leaves and chopped coriander leaves.

Step 6

  • Add prepared steamed rice balls to the curry.
  • Close the lid and let the curry and rice balls boil for 15 minutes at low flame.
  • Once the gravy is thick, turn off the flame and Serve hot.

This dish has many names in different places like “kakkarotti”, “aanapathal”, etc… leave your local name for this dish below in comment area. Enjoy foodies…