Cardamom-Spiced Rice Dumplings (Mandaputtu)

Mandaputtu (Steamed Cardamom-Spiced Rice Flour Balls)
Cardamom-Spiced Rice Dumplings (Mandaputtu)Michelle Heimerman

Local to Kerala, these chewy, lightly granular sweet rice balls are made by binding green mung bean flour and rice flour with cashews, coconut, raisins, and cardamom, using melted ghee and jaggery syrup. Their flavor profile—sweet but strongly spiced—is typical of South Indian sweets. At the Attukal Pongala festival, where they’re created as an offering to a Hindu goddess, they’re steamed in special pans with individual divots, but a bamboo steamer or steamer insert works just as well.