Battalu Kadabu

Battalu in Kannada means bowl. The kadabu is called so, cause it is shaped like a bowl. I learnt this recipe from my mother in law. After a few tries, I finally got it right. It is steamed and tastes awesome with some spicy coconut chutney. And if you cannot get the shape right, do not fret, just shape it like a peda or just take some dough in your hand and close it in your fist, shaping it like your fist and steam it....

Battalu Kadabu

Knead the dough

Take a lemon sized ball of dough

Make a depression using your thumb, and then using your fingers press the sides to make a bowl shaped kadabu

Bowl/ Battalu shaped kadabu

Before steaming

Place on an idli tray and steam for 5-7mins

Battalu Kadabu

Steamed dumpling made of rice semolina (rava), eaten as a breakfast in Mangalore.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:          South Indian / Mangalorean
Prep Time:     5 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              13-14


3/4 cups Akki rava/ Rice semolina/ Idli rava
1.5 cups Water

1/2 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp desiccated Coconut
2 tsp Oil (to grease steamer)


  • Heat the water in a kadhai or deep pan.
  • Add the salt, coconut and the akki rava.
  • Keep stirring and cook it until everything comes together as one mass. You will know its done when everything gels together and starts sticking to the spoon/spatula as one mass.
  • Remove from heat onto a dry plate and allow it to cool
  • Knead it for 3-4 mins, if it feels dry, add a little water and knead.
  • Shape them as shown above or anyhow you please.
  • Grease the steamer plate.
  • Place them in a steamer and steam for 5-7 mins
  • This recipe makes 13 kadabus.
  • Enjoy it while its hot with some spicy coconut chutney.

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