Heat oil; Add dried red chili. Add mustard seeds & urad dal. Once that splutters, add curry leaves & fry fr 1/2 a minute. Then add salt & water & let it come to a boil.
Slowly, start adding the ground rice powder with one hand while continuously stirring with the other. In the beginning stir continuously so that there are no lumps. Then you can mix occasionally. Bring it to a thick consistency. It should be dry and able to hold its form when formed to a ball.
Let it cool. Take some of the Upma and press in evenly to form egg-shaped Kozhakattais (balls). Repeat the same with entire mixture
Steam them for 5 minutes until they are soft. I used an Idli-pan to place these balls & steam. Any method of steaming would do.