Rinse the fresh green peas in cold water and grind them in a mixer with chopped ginger and green chillies.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan, add coarsely ground cumin seeds, freshly ground pepper corns, add the green pea mash and saute it .
Add salt and pinch of sugar (optional), and let it fry on low heat till the rawness of the green peas disappear.
Stir in the chopped cilantro, mix it well. Take it off the heat. Keep aside.
Prepare the rice flour dough
Take 1 cup rice flour in a bowl. Stir in the salt and mix it well.
Add slowly hot boiling water (around 1 cup) to the rice flour and with other hand keep stirring it with a spoon.
Do not add all the water at once, you may not need that much water also. it depends upon the type of rice flour you are using. Some rice flour absorb less water, some absorb more water. Wait for a minute.
Try to knead the dough and idea is to make a smooth and slightly stiff dough. If the dough is too soft, it wont hold the shapes.
Drizzle warm ghee over the dough, lightly knead it and cover it with a damp cloth untill needed.
Making the nonta puli
Make small balls of the green pea mixture. Keep aside.
Take a small walnut size ball of the dough, flatten it on your palm. Place the green pea mixture ball in the centre, cover it from all sides and give it a small torpedo or puli shape. My shapes are not perfect but with practice you can get it right.
Make Puli like this from the dough . Around 8-10 puli you should get from one cup of flour.
Once done, cover the filled puli with a damp cloth. Inspect closely for any gaps. Filling should be well sealed from all sides.
Now heat enough water in a steamer. Once the water is on rolling boil, grease the steamer plate with little oil. Place the rice dumplings or puli on it. Do not over crowd it. Depending upon the size of steamer, you can steam minimum 4-5 puli in one go.
Steam the rice dumplings or puli for 8-10 minutes. The puli will slightly change the color once it get evenly steamed.
Serve warm immediately. Leftovers can be refrigerated. Before serving, steam it again .