If there is a meal that I am assured my kids will wipe clean, then it is idlis with a simple white coconut chutney. Now those who are Indians, will already know what is an idli, and somehow, idli seems to be making its way into the culinary “hall of fame” for its simplicity! 😉 As usual, Wiki has its share of information about idli, so you can go ahead and read it… That is in case you don’t know what is an idli… 🙂
I used to always shy away from making idlis at home. I preferred having them from restaurants, especially our favorite vegetarian eatery called Sangeetha’s in Qusais. The kids would order and eat them as if there is no tomorrow and that is when I thought I must be mastering the art of making this at home. If the soaking, grinding and fermenting times are taken into account, it is actually a breeze to make. Normally, the batter is ground in the big grinder which makes it really smooth, but since we are a small family, I rely on my trusted Premier’s big jar to do the trick. The batter may be a little grainy, but it doesn’t affect the overall texture of the idli. Moreover, this method requires us to use more urad dal vs rice in proportion. There are so many recipes already floating on the net, which can make one seriously confused. But ever since Dyuthi advised me this proportion, I have been using it and I love how extra soft the idli becomes. The kids enjoy it so much that they carry in their tiffin the very next day too! 🙂 Since I make idlis for dinner, I start the preparation the day night by soaking the rice and urad daal, and then grind the batter in the morning by waking up 15 minutes earlier – which I really hate, but do it for the sake of the kids! 😀 – and leave it to ferment in the undisturbed house till I get back from work. 🙂
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Idli ~ South Indian Rice Cakes
- 1 1/2 cup plan rice pachari
- 3/4 cup split urad daal
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
- Salt to taste
- Wash the plain rice very well. Soak in lots of water overnight.
- Similarly wash the urad daal and soak along with the fenugreek separately overnight.
- Next day morning, in your big jar of any Indian mixer (Prithi, Premier, etc.), drain out the rice and grind it to a thick batter adding very little water, to as smooth as possible. It may be slightly grainy but that's OK. Pour into a large saucepan.
- Next, add the drained urad daal along with the fenugreek and grind to a smooth batter adding a little water.
- Pour this ground daal mixture into the rice mixture and mix well with hand. You can use a ladle but mixing with hand will speeden up the fermentation process.
- Close and keep in a warm place for around 8 hours to ferment.
- Once fermented - you can recognize it by a yeasty smell and swollen texture - add salt to taste and mix well.
- Keep your idli steamer with water on the stove and grease your cooking plates well. Pour little into each hole and steam for around 10-12 minutes on meduim flame.
- Take out the plates, leave to cool slightly before taking out with a spoon into your hotpot. Keep covered till serving.
- Serve warm with hot sambaar and chutney! Yum...