How to make Nivagrya -

A healthy snack made out of steamed rice flour.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Rice flour (चावल का आटा), Ghee (घी)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Snacks and Starters


Nivagrya Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Nivagrya Recipe

  • Rice flour 1 cup

  • Ghee 2 teaspoons

  • Oil to grease

  • Salt to taste

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Boil one cup of water in a pan with one teaspoon of ghee. Add rice flour in a flow and stir continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Sprinkle a little water and stir again. Cover and cook till steam begins to escape.

Step 2

Heat water in a steamer. Grease slotted plates lightly. Open the lid of the pan, sprinkle some more water and mix. Cover and cook again till steam begins to escape. Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Add salt, remaining ghee and knead while still hot. Add green chillies, cumin seeds and coriander leaves and continue to knead until smooth.

Step 3

Divide into lemon sized portions and roll. Place each portion between plastic sheets and spread with your fingers into thin roundels. Place these on the greased slotted plates and fit them into the stand. Place the stand in the steamer and steam for ten to fifteen minutes on medium heat. Serve hot with thick yogurt and green chilli thetcha.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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