Soak rice in water for 2-3 hours. Rinse and drain the water.
In a blender or mixer, grind rice, coconut, and salt along with little water. Grind coarsely. Batter consistency is similar to that of idly batter, but coarser.
Use medium flame, heat the pan, pour the batter and remaining water, and cook until it forms a soft dough. Dough leaves the pan when it is cooked. You also add oil while cooking, but optional.
When the dough has cooled down, make round shaped balls or any shape that you like, and place them in the steamer.
Steam for about 15- 20 mins. if you using instant pot, place water in saute mode, when the water is steaming, cancel, place the basket inside, and turn on steam mode. Let it steam for 20-25 mins.
Serve hot along with gravy or chutney.