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Rail Palaram from Indian State Telangana

Since travelling by train was a common mode of transport back in the olden days, people would pack food for the journey.

It is believed that Rail Palaram was invented during that time.

These steamed balls gradually became a snack that was packed and carried by people on their train journeys in Telangana. Commonly associated with Telangana’s Karimnagar district, these small bites get their name from the purpose for which they are used. Rail refers to trains and palaram is the Telugu word for snack. Today, these steamed balls are eaten for breakfast in Telangana as well as continue to hold its legacy of a train snack.


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Rail Palaram

Rail Palaram
Rail Palaram

Course : Snack

Cuisine : Indian

Prep time : 10 minutes

Process time : 20 minutes

Total time : 30 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Rice flour - 1 cup

  • Chana dal - 1 tsp

  • Grated coconut - 3 tsp

  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

  • Curry leaves - 1 string

  • Onion - 1

  • Green chili paste - 1 tsp

  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp

  • Salt - 1 tsp

  • Sesame seeds oil - 1 tsp

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl add rice flour, salt and oil

  2. Mix all, add boiling hot water to it and knead to soft dough

  3. Roll the rice flour dough into small size ball, place them into steamer plate and steam for 10 minutes and keep aside

  4. Soak chana dal for 1/2 hour, grind them to coarse paste and keep aside

  5. In a pan add oil, cumin seeds and curry leaves, allow them to crackle

  6. Then add onion, chana dal paste, green chili paste, ginger-garlic paste and grated coconut and sauté well until aromatic

  7. Add salt as per tastes, mix, then add steamed rice ball into it and mix well

  8. Serve hot with spicy green chutney

Pictorial:

rice flour, salt & oil
rice flour, salt & oil

boiling hot water
boiling hot water

mix
mix

make small size ball shape
make small size ball shape

steam for 10 min, keep aside
steam for 10 min, keep aside

soak chana dal
soak chana dal

soak chana dal, keep aside
soak chana dal, keep aside

for tadka, oil, cumin seeds & curry leaves
for tadka, oil, cumin seeds & curry leaves

onion
onion

green chili paste
green chili paste

ginger-garlic paste
ginger-garlic paste

chana dal paste
chana dal paste

salt
salt

grated coconut
grated coconut

steamed rice balls
steamed rice balls

mix
mix

serve hot
serve hot
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