Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Soft Idlis

A traditional breakfast at Indian households, especially south Indian. It is made by steaming the batter made out of deskinned udad dal. Usually Idlis are eaten with accompaniments like chutney or sambhar. It is even served as snack in the evenings. In ancient South India, it is believed to be made from purely deskinned udad dal by soaking it buttermilk and grinding it to fine paste and steaming. As days went on it was discovered that adding rice speedens the process of fermentation and thus came the soft idlis made out of udad dal and rice.

Here I share with you all the recipe of soft idlis.I follow my mom's recipe. There will be little variation in the amount of ingredients used by me.But I get best idlis this way out.

Idli rice-2 cups
Udad dal/Skinned split black gram-1 cup
Thick Poha/Beaten rice-handful or 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Water -enough to soak and grind for batter

  1. In separate bowls soak idli rice,udad dal,thick poha and set aside for 6-7 hours.
  2. Grind udad to a paste with enough water added to get smooth paste.
  3. Now grind rice and beaten rice with enough water to get little coarse batter(Not too course nor too smooth)
  4. Mix both the batters very well to get a thick and fluffy batter.
  5. Add salt to taste and mix well.
  6. Let it ferment overnight.
  7. Preheat the steamer to prepare idli.
  8. Grease the moulds and add a tablespoon of batter into the idli moulds and steam it for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Once it cools down little unmould the soft idlis carefully to serving plates and enjoy hot with coconut chutney.(how to prepare coconut chutney)

  1. If using normal rice instead of idli rice, then you may have to increase little the amount of poha/beaten rice added.
  2. If you do not have steamer you could still prepare using pressure cooker if you have moulds by preheating little water at the bottom of the cooker, once the water boils place moulds filled with batter inside and cook for 8-10 mins covering the lid of the cooker but ensure not to put whistle.

Enjoy the dish! n don't forget Eat and Eat little MORE.. :)

Made with Love Mondays by Javelin Warrior's Cookin w/ Luv

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