Pani Dhoulo and Dhoula Pani / Kolukattai ( Snacks with rice dough)


Raw Rice (Pulungal Arisi) – 1 cup
Cumin Seeds – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Cooking oil – 1 or 2 tsp

Cooking Instructions:

Wash and clean the rice and soak it in water for ½ an hour. Grind it by adding enough water until it is smooth. The batter should be very thick in consistency like the chapatti dough. No need for fermentation. Wrap the batter in a clean towel for about ½ an hour so that the excess water in batter will be absorbed by the towel. If it become little watery, add rice flour to it but the dhoulo will become little hard. Dhoulo dough is shown in the picture.

Now make number of small balls from the dough and press it a little by keeping the ball in your left hand and flatten it slightly with your index finger and middle finger. Now these flatten balls are all the "dhoulos".

In a big vessel bring 1 ½ litres of water to boil well. If you need more water to cook, you can add it accordingly. When the water starts to boil well, drop the flatten balls one by one in the boiling water. The batter won’t dilute.


If u start to drop ball before the water starts to boil, the batter will surely dilute in water and the dish will get spoiled. so keep in mind that the water should boil well while you drop the dhoulas.

Keep stirring it slowly in regular interval of 5 minutes so that the balls won’t stick to the vessel. It takes about 15 minutes to cook. To check out whether the flatten balls are cooked or not, you can take a piece of dhoulo from the boiling water and if u split it into two halves, you should not find batter uncooked inside.

Once the dhouls are cooked well, drain the excess water from the dish. I have shown in the image how cooked dhoulas look like.

Let it to drain well for 10 minutes. Do not waste this drained water since it has a medicinal value. Water drained from dhoulo are called as “Dhoula Pani”. Take a tumbler of this drained water and add a little salt and pepper powder and mix it well. Drink it while it is hot itself. This dhoula pani will cure cold and cough. Eating dhoulas will also cure cold but dhoula pani has more effect.

Image of Dhoula Pani

Coming to cooked dhoulos, heat oil in a pan and saute it with cumin seeds and add dhoulas to it and fry for 3 minutes. Its ready to serve!

Dhoulas ready to serve after sauting it!

Whenever my family members suffer from cold or cough, my mom will prepare this dish and serve us. Do not think that it should be taken only we are suffering from cold or cough but can be taken as an “evening snacks” ever. It tastes yummy!!!


Illatharasi said...

Ah.... DHOULA PANI.... entha language idhu?.....;) Kalakureenga:)

Its entirely new recipe for me... It looks yummy... will try this.

SriLekha said...

thanks vani! tell me how it comes out!

Nidhi said...

Dhoulas....Never heard or seen these before. An interesting recipe.

But difficult for me to understand how you get that firm dough with the soaked grounded rice.

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo...interesting and nice recipe..

SriLekha said...

thanks suma
thanks nidhi and urs is a good doubt. while grinding the rice, you should add only little water. when you wrap it in a towel, the moisture in the dough will be completely absorbed by the towel. you should not grind as we prepare for idli batter. once you do it in ur kitchen you will find easy.

Sukanya said...

Lovely Kozhakattais..You have an award waiting for you in my craft blog.

notyet100 said...

this looks so authnetic,..nd tasty,..nice step by step pics..thnks for sharin...

Sia said...

very interesting recipe sri. never heard of it befre. we make something called akki pundi where rice is ground to paste, cooked to form dough, shaped into small balls and them steam cooked. i am quite facinated with this recipe and want to try it soon. by the way, this recipe is from which region?

SriLekha said...

thanks sukanya!
thanks priyanka!
hi sia its a famous dish of sourashtra people. Sourashtra is a language which is similar to Marathi and Hindi.

Kitchen Flavours said...

never heard of this. Something completely new. Gonna try this.

SriLekha said...

tell me how it comes out kitchen flavors!

Ramya Bala said...

kollukattain romba nalla iruku..but dhoula va..pudusa irukku...hey neraya coincidence aguthu pa...I made kollu n thought of writing that my mom prepares it whenver somebody has cold nu..Mmmm...Will give a try to this today pbly(my kiddo is having very bad cold n cough),he is finding kollu too spicy to eat

Madhavi said...

Hey..this is very nice recipe, look great. Will try soon!!!!

SriLekha said...

thanks madhavi!
hi ramya! u try this kolukattai and give it to ur kid he'll surely love it! mmm... great minds think alike athan neyum nanum onna yosikirom!

Illatharasi said...

Great mindsaa.... Ramya .... Srilekha... ama ama .. GREAT MIND than ;) ha ha ha.... :D

Ramya Bala said...

hehee..nanum mca thaan...oru vela mca ellam cooking blog thaan vaichu irukangalo..correct thana?

Anisheetu said...

Very very new to me.. but looks good.. will send in my entries for ur event...

Sireesha said...

Hey srilekha ,it sounds authentic and delicious.....Very very new to me will try this ......

SriLekha said...

thanks anisheetu and sireesha!

sowmya said...

looks delicious..nice recipe..

SriLekha said...

thanks sowmya!

suresh said...

This is Suresh, making my comment in Sourashtra language using english letters, others please excuse,

subhanandin (greetings in english),

tumi kOn meni kaLaarani,

hoyeti chokkaT kan dhovlO kOnak keratte meni sangiryaasi,

tunko angun kaaiti, likkinO meni lageti,

Vishwa Sourashtram, First electronic journal in Sourashtra language sE (,


likki dhaDDevo,


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I am not able to recognize you,

but you have excellently described the dhovlO preparation method, hats-off

If you want to write any articles further, do not hesitate to submit your articles to,,

for publishing in,

Vishwa Sourashtram, first electronic journal in Sourashtra language (

sincerly yours, suresh

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