Friday, April 22, 2011
Mallige Idli - Super soft and spongy
Mallige in kannada means the Jasmine flower.The name mallige idli is so apt for these idlis as they are as white and soft as the jasmine flower, yes it spongy too ( wonder what the jasmine thinks of the idlis about this aspect ;)
I normally make idlis from udad dal and idli rava (shall blog it too), my Amma makes varieties of idlis, and this one tops the list in my favorite breakfast eats. As it's quite a lot of work to make separate batters for these idlis, mix them and all that ( am a lazy frog ;) ) I used to bring the batter from Amma's place and make it at home. So, I decided that it's time I get out of my "froggyness";P and put some hard work and get good results on my plate :) got the recipe from Amma and made it all by myself. It's the same feeling as Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.... from the Coke ad! lol
....read on for the recipe
Dosa rice 2 cups
Udad dal 1 cup
Thick poha (beaten rice) 2 handful
Methi seeds ( fenugreek seeds) 1/4 tsp
1. Soak rice, udad dal- methi seeds separately for atleast 5-6 hours.
2. Just before grinding - wash and clean the poha and soak it in water and set it aside.
3. First grind the rice into a paste using enough water (not too fine nor too coarse) empty it in a clean vessel and set it aside.
4. Next, grind the udad dal-methi, and poha ( drain the water from the soaked poha) into and medium coarse-fine paste.
5. Add this batter to the rice batter. Add salt as per your taste and mix well.
6. Cover the vessel and keep it in a cool ,dry place to ferment over night.
To prepare Idlis:
1. The next morning, carefully stir the batter as it would've risen due to fermentation.
2. Transfer as much batter you need for the idli preparation into a smaller vessel and refrigerate the rest of the batter. This way the batter will last for a couple of days, without getting sour.
you can use it as and when you need it.
3. Grease the idli stand groves with little oil and spoon enough batter to cover the groves. I steam idlis in greased steel bowls. Place them in the steaming utensil and steam for 30- 35 minutes or until done.
4. Once the idlis are done, open the lid of the steamer and remove the idlis from it and let it cool for a couple of minutes in the idli stand/bowls .
5. Dish out the idlis using a knife or a butter knife, run it in circular motion around edges of the idlis.
6. Serve the Idlis with any chutney of your choice.
7. Udad dal chutney tastes brilliant with idlis, the recipe for which follows in my next post :P
This recipe goes to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela