Thursday, April 19, 2012

Marvai Pundi - Clams and Rice Dumpling Gravy

This one was long due......My Mangalorean recipe index will be incomplete without Marvai Pundi...

Marvai Pundi is one of those...'Once in a blue moon' dish in our house ....and long awaited one too... this has always been a breakfast dish for us...The previous evening the house is filled with aroma of marvai/clams cooking in spicy coconut gravy and the pundi/rice dumpling steaming away....this dish is kept overnight to let the rice dumplings soak in the gravy....its just an amazing combination....clams with our typical Mangalorean gravy and mini rice dumplings......a true coastal dish.

Ingredients for Rice dumplings/ Pundi
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  • 4 cups Brown Rice
  • 1 cup coconut
  • salt to taste

  1. Wash and soak brown rice in water for 4 hours.
  2. If using a grinder -Grind rice along with coconut and salt using very little water to form a thick and coarse pasty dough.
  3.  If using mixer - grind using more water and grind to coarse dosa batter consistency ,then transfer to a thick bottom  pan and cook on medium flame till the moisture evaporates and you are left with a lump(this should not be too dry,you must be able to form balls).
  4. Note: Grind the rice to a coarse paste, this is important if you want the rice balls to hold shape.
  5. Wet your hand or apply little ghee, take around 1 tbsp of the dough and form small balls.
  6. Steam the pundi for 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. You will know the Pundi is ready when you touch the pundi with wet hands and it won't stick.

Ingredients for Clam/Marvai Gravy
  • 1/2kg Marvai/Clams
  • 3 cups fresh Grated coconut
  • 8 long Red Chillies (roasted)
  • 5 small Red Chillies (roasted)
  • 3 tsp roasted Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp roasted Cumin Seeds
  • 15 roasted Peppercorns
  • 1/tsp roasted Fenugreek Seeds
  • marble sized tamarind
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2tbsp oil

  1. Grind coconut,long and small red chillies,coriander and cumin seeds,peppercorns. fenugreek seeds turmeric powder, tamarind and garlic to a smooth and thick paste using little water.
  2. Place a vessel on medium flame add oil,when oil is hot add chopped onion fry till golden brown,now add the ground coconut masala and 2 cups water or according to desired gravy like consistency.
  3. Now add salt and bring the gravy to a boil.Add the marvai/clams into the boiling gravy and let it cook for few minutes, till the clams are almost done and the raw smell disappears.
  4. Now drop in the steamed rice dumpling and cook till the the gravy thickens.
  5. Serve after few hours or keep it overnight to let the rice dumpling soak in the gravy.


  1. Yank la onthe korle baale...mouthwatering! We make it too :) Its called Kube Mutli but our pundi has tiny dimples in them :)

  2. Incredible dish,clams and rice dumplings together looks super delicious..

  3. enu cholo aduge... baayalli niru batu..

  4. Here in US , we get Manila clams , can I use them.. Which clams did u use?

  5. This is one of my favourite breakfast.........


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