Kombi mutli or otherwise known as a chicken curry with rice dumplings is an authentic Mangalorean dish. As we all know, rice is the staple food of South India, these little rice balls or dumplings are suspended in the delicious mixture of spices of the chicken curry. Below is the recipe to this finger-licking dish.

kombi mutli

Kombi Mutli (Chicken with dumplings) Recipe


  • 1 kg Chicken

For the masala

  • 1/2 Coconut (Grated)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Turmeric/haldi powder
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds
  • 14 Parekal short red chillies
  • 1 Marble sized Tamarind


  • 1 Piece Cinnamon
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Onions (Sliced)
  • 6 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 Coconut (To extract coconut milk/roce)


For the dumplings

  • Soak 5 cups of BVK or Anand or Katsambar rice for a few hours.
  • Grind the rice with a little salt as per taste.
  • Keep a vessel on the fire, pour the ground rice batter and mix it well and dry for sometimes.
  • Make small dumplings. Cook the dumplings in a idli vessel for one hour. Let the dumplings cool down

For the chicken curry

  • Wash and clean the chicken, then cut into curry pieces.
  • Keep a pan, add 1 tbsp coconut oil, add the chillies and fry for a minute. Add garlic, coriander seeds, jeera, peppercorns and fry a little.
  • Add grated coconut and fry till the aroma changes.
  • Let it cool down, add turmeric powder and tamarind. Grind this masala to a fine paste.
  • Extract coconut milk from 1/2 coconut and keep it aside. Keep thick and thin juice separately.
  • Keep a big vessel on the fire, add 5 tbsp coconut oil. Add 1 piece of cinnamon, 3 cloves and 2 sliced onions and fry till light brown.
  • Add the cut pieces of chicken and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the masala and thin coconut juice and mix well. Add salt to taste and close the lid for the chicken to cook.
  • Chicken curry is ready, add the dumplings and mix well. Close the lid and boil it for 3 minutes.
  • Add thick coconut juice, simmer the fire and give it a boil.
  • Serve hot.
Keyword kombi mutli, mangalorean dish
kombi mutli

Recipe by Pearl Fernandes

Hope you liked our Kombi Mutli recipe. For more delicious recipes, click here to visit our ‘Cooking Recipes’ page. Similarly, you can also use kube or clams instead of chicken to make delicious kube mutli.

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