Idli (Steamed rice dumplings)
The most popular South indian Breakfast savory- Idli is a steamed rice dumpling or fluffy smooth lentil and rice cake. It is an all time favorite for everyone. Generally these Idlies are served with spicy Idly podi (mixture of blended dry spices) served with melted Ghee or gingely oil, mildly spiced coconut chutney and Sambar (vegetable lentil soup).
Black gram and Idly(boiled rice) rawa(powdered rice) is used to make the Idli. However, in some parts of south India, Idly(steamed) rice is used instead of Idly(boiled) rice rawa. The rice is soaked in water beforehand and ground well. I have used the Idly(boiled rice) rawa in my recipe for making Idlies.
Black gram usually has a black colored skin. The de-skinned variety of black gram is available in the market which is white in color. I have used this "white" black gram for making Idlies- i.e white lentils.
- White lentils (Udad dal,Chaya mina pappu) 1 glasss(150g)
- Idly Rawa (Idly (Boiled) rice rawa) 2 glasses(300g)
- Salt according taste(around 1 tea spoon)
- Water 1 small cup
- Wash the white lentils in running water. Take in a wide bowl, add water( around 3 glasses of water) and soak for 6 to 7 hours.
- After 7 hours, remove the water from the soaked white lentils. Wash them again in running water. Blend them well in a wet grinder or blender. Add little water to make a smooth and thick batter.(We should not add too much water while blending). Pour this batter into a big, wide bowl.
- Take the Idly rawa in a separate bowl. Clean it in water to remove impurities. Now add 4 glasses of water to the rawa and Keep aside for few min.
- Remove the water from Idly rawa using a strainer. Add this rawa into the batter. Mix well and add salt. Mix well and cover the batter with a lid. Keep it to ferment for 6 hours in a warm place.(Its good to keep this idly batter in a big wide bowl, otherwise the batter rises after fermentation and overflows).
- After 6 hours, check the consistency of the idly batter. If the batter is too thick, add little water and mix well. If batter is too thin we can not make Idlies, so be careful not to add too much water in the previous steps. When you scoop and lift the batter with a laddle, the batter should be of medium consistency.
- Grease the idli plates with ghee or vegetable oil.
- Pour the Idly batter into these plates, arrange them in Idli stand.
- Pour 2 small glasses of water into the idli cooker. Place the idli stand into the cooker and cook on medium flame for 7 to 8 min.(The water in the cooker creates the steam to cook the Idlies)
- Now turn the flame into medium heat and check whether the idlies are cooked or not. To do this, insert a fork into an Idly. Only when the batter does not stick to the fork, the Idlies are cooked properly. A nice aroma comes from the steam.
- Turn off the flame. Carefully remove the idli stand from the Idly cooker using a cloth or an oven cloth. Wait for 2 min.(Care to be taken not to burn the hands in the steam.)
- Now carefully scoop out the idlies from the idli plate using a wide spoon.
- Serve these hot fluffy smooth Idlies with Idly podi, coconut chutney and Sambar.
White lentils (chaya minapappu,Udad dal,Ulandu parippu)
White lentils soaked in water
Boiled rice rawa
The batter of white lentil and Boiled rice rawa
After fermenting the batter balloons up like this
Remove lid and mix well with laddle
Now the batter is ready for making Idlies
This is the Idly stand
The Idly cooker
Idly batter filled in plated
The idli plates placed back on the idly stand
Idly stand inside the Idli cooker
The Idli cooker placed on flame
The cooked idlies
Ready to serve
Idlies served with Idly podi
In my next post, I will publish how to make Idly podi, Idly coconut chutney(Mildly spiced coconut chutney) and Sambar.