Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Idli (Rice steamed Cake)

Idly is normally a breakfast dish. It is one of the healthy steamed dish. You can have them as snack or for dinner. It one of the traditional dish of Karnataka people I can say.
Idli is prepared using dal and rice. Now a days there are varieties of idli available in the hotels and at the food points.
Lets see the recipe now
Ingredients :
1 Cup Urid dal
2 Cups of Raw rice
Salt : Required
Idli plates or small bowls or even small plates to cook idli
Method :
1. Wash and soak rice and urid dal separately for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Grind them separately. Grind rice into rava consistency and urid into paste consistency. Add only  required water while grinding the rice.
3. Remove it from the grinder and put it in a big bowl. Add salt and leave it for ferment. (over night or 6 to 7 hours).
4. Morning when you are ready to prepare idli, wash idly plates and apply ghee or oil.
5. Keep the pressure cooker or idly cooker on the fire. Add some water at the bottom and place a plate or bowl.
6. Put a ladle of idli dough to the idly plate and place it in the cooker and cover the lid. Do not put weight if using the pressure cooker.
7. Cook for at least 8 to 10 minutes. Put off the gas and open the lid. You can prepare different shapes of idli. The second one is cooked with t
8. Remove the idli with the help of a spoon or a knife edge.
9. Serve with a spoon of ghee and the side dish you prepared.
10. Idlis are eaten with sambar and chutney normally. You can also eat them with pickle, chutney powder, sugar, jaggery and rasam.
Note :
Grind urid dal first and then grind rice. You can use rice rava instead of grinding rice. Do not use more water while grinding urid or rice.
Dosa rice can be used to get good idly. (any kind of raw rice can be used.
24 Idlies can be prepared.
Time : Soaking time 3 hours + grinding + 30 minute (Grinder) + ferment - 8 hours + Cooking time = 10 minutes. 
Sambar
Cook dal, any vegetables and mix it together. Add a tablespoon of tamarind and salt. Let it boil nicely. Add rasam/sambar powder, turmeric powder and mix it well. Add little jaggery. Mix it nicely and let it boil nicely. Add mustard splutter with curry leaves and ingh. Add washed coriander leaves at the end and serve Ready Sambar with Idli. I have used brinjal for sambar.
time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5
Brinjal Sambar

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