Thursday, October 25, 2007

IDLI (steamed rice cake)

I decided to make idlis today,and they turned out to be really soft and fluffy.i feel its the most healthiest food for breakfast.My recipe for idlis goes like this!

1 cup urad dal(split black lentil)
2 3/4 cups idli rava(cream of rice)
1 tbsp yogurt

soak urad dal for 3-4 hrs.Drain the extra water,grind it well with medium tight consistency.Now add the idli rava to the batter.mix well add yogurt and cover it tightly.Wrap a thick cloth around the vessel and keep it in the warmest place of your kitchen.(I placed it in oven)Allow it to ferment for whole night.
The next morning the batter will be double its volume ;if its fermented properly.
Add salt mix well, consistency should be thick and smooth.
Grease the idli plates of idlistand and pour in the batter.Steam it in pressure cooker or steamer.(i used pressure cooker,10 minutes on high flame and 6 minutes on medium flame).
Remove it and serve hot with chutney and sambhar!
Tips for soft cotton like idlis
1) If u add salt before fermentation make it a point to note its not iodized.
iodized salt and chlorinated water interfere with fermentation.
2) u can also add 1 tsp dry yeast for it to ferment well.
3) Adding few grains of soaked fenugreek seeds while grinding will help idlis come soft.


Anonymous said...

lovely and creative photography, the Idlis sure look inviting!

maimoona said...

thanks !

Mona said...

Idlis are my fav, i make them very often too for bkfsts, especially at weekends. I however never add yoghurt to it, rest is the same procedure.. :-)

Nabeela said...

Assalamu-alaikum Maimoona,
Nice to have you join the blogging world too :)

Neelam said...

Your plate of Idli and chutney looks absolutely tempting...Can I have one please!

maimoona said...

mona: idlis are my favourite too, i add yoghurt for better fermentation.

Nabeela: thanks!I often visit your blog, its great.

Thanks! Sure u can have! shall I mail it for u:)

Amna said...

lovely!I agree with mona, never added yoghurt,but good fermentation is always better.

Seena said...

Good idlis..Love them with fishcurry, sambar or chutney..