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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Rava Idli and Sambhar

Idlis are steamed savory cakes served as traditional breakfast dish in south Indian households. They are made with fermented batter of rice and black gram. Since fermentation takes time, one needs to plan a day in advance. Therefore I prefer to make instant Rava Idlis whenever I am bored of usual stuff and need a change.

Though traditionally Idli is a breakfast dish, but it makes up an excellent healthy meal option at any time of the day. Idlis are generally served as combos, either with chutney or sambhar. I prefer to serve them with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Rava rawa Idli Sambhar

Ingredients:
For Idli: This amount will yield 8 medium sized idlis

  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp eno
  • salt to taste
  • oil for greasing
For Sambhar:
  • 1/2 cup toor daal/ split and skinned pigeon peas
  • 1 1/2 cup of chopped vegetables ( Bottle gourd, carrot, and cauliflower) You can use vegetables according to your taste and preference.
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1-2 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 1-2 green chilies cut length wise
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes diced or grated
  • 1/2 tsp of tamarind pulp ( Or soak a lemon sized ball of tamarind and use its juice)
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • salt to taste.
Method: Idlis can be made on cooktop as well as in microwave. Sharing both the methods.
For Idlis in microwave:
  1. In a bowl take semolina, add salt and yogurt, mix well. Add water, mix again and leave for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Grease Idli molds. Add 1/4 cup of water in the base.
  3. Add Eno to batter and whisk well. 
  4. Pour batter in Idli molds. Don't over fill.
  5. Place the molds in microwave and cook covered for 5 mins for first lot and 4:40 minutes for subsequent lots. If you are using a bigger mold, cooking time will vary.
  6. Let it stand for 1-2 minutes before taking out of molds.
For Idlis on cooktop:
  1. In a bowl take semolina, add salt and yogurt, mix well. Add water, mix again and leave for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Grease Idli molds. Add 1 cup of water in the base of a broad saucepan or idli cooker.
  3. Add Eno to batter and whisk well. 
  4. Pour batter in Idli molds. Don't over fill.
  5. When water starts to boil, place the mold in saucepan and cook covered for 10-15 mins. Do knife check to confirm they are done. 
  6. Let it stand for 1-2 minutes before taking out of molds.
For Sambhar:
  1. In a pressure cooker add washed pigeon peas, vegetables, turmeric, salt and enough water. Close the lid and cook on high until first whistle, then cook on low for 10 mins or until vegetables turn very soft.
  2. Open the lid when pressure is released. Crush few vegetable pieces with laddle if you also don't prefer big pieces like me. Otherwise just add boiling water to adjust consistency.
  3. In a pan heat oil. When hot, add mustard, curry leaves and green chilies. Fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add onions and fry until they turn translucent.
  5. Add sambhar masala and mix well.
  6. Add tomatoes and fry until it starts to leave the edges of the pan.
  7. Add tamarind and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to boil and add to pressure cooker.
  8. Cook until everything comes to boil.
  9. Serve hot with hot Idlis

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