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 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

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Konkani Cuisine- Sweet and Savory Appe (Paniyaram)

Savory Appe


Dosa rice- 2 cups
Udad dal - 1 cup
Thick Poha (beaten rice)- 2 fistful
Methi seeds - 1/4 th tsp


1. Wash and clean the rice and udad dal with water atleast 2-3 times, drain the water.

2. Soak the rice, udad dal and methi seeds in clean water for 4-5 hours.

3. Just before grinding, clean and soak the thick poha in water for a 5 minutes.

4. Drain the water and add the poha to the rest of the ingredients and grind it into a fine paste with enough water.

The dough should not be too runny nor too thick.

After grinding empty the dough into a clean vessel add salt as per your taste, cover and keep it over night and let it ferment.


1.Mix the dough well as it would've risen due to over night fermentation.

2. Spoon as much dough u require into a smaller vessel.

3. Now to the dough that you've taken into a smaller vessel add 1 finely chopped onion, 1 sprig finely chopped curry leaves, 2 springs of finely chopped coriander leaves, 1 finely chopped green chilli .Mix well.

4. Heat the appe/paniyaram kadhai drizzle little oil in each groves and spoon the prepared batter into the grove, about 3/4th of each grove is to be filled.

5. Drizzle a little oil on each of the dough filled groves, cover and cook it on medium -high flame, keep checking occasionally.

6. Once the lower side of the doughs are golden brown, carefully turn it over to the other side and cook till done.

7. Serve hot with chutney of your choice.

Sweet Appe


Dosa rice- 2 cups
Thick Poha (beaten rice)- 1 handful
Cardamom- 2
Crushed Jaggery- 3/4th cup
Salt to taste


1. Soak the rice for 4-5 hours

2. Just before grinding, wash and soak the poha in water for 5 minutes.

3. Grind the rice with the rest of the ingredients and poha using enough water into a dough that is not too fine nor coarse

4. Empty the dough into a clean vessel and cover it and let it ferment for at least 5 hours.


Follow the same method as done for the savory appes, the exception here is that u can directly spoon the batter into the appe kadhai as it is already sweetened.

This recipe goes to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela