March 21, 2012

How to Make Idli

Learn how to make Idli. A very well known and ideal recipe for breakfast. It can be known as small Indian rice cakes or steam idli also. It's a low-cal recipe for health conscious people. If the batter is ready it is easy to make for breakfast or snack, in that case, it is served with coconut chutney only. Even in my home, we prefer to have idli for dinner with sambhar and coconut chutney. Normally we are making this homemade recipe in the steamer - idli cooker. But I make them in the microwave also. It takes hardly 5 minutes to make 8 idlis. 

Soaking time - 2 to 3 hours
Preparation time - 10 to 15 minutes minutes 
Fermenting time - 6 to 7 hours (overnight)
Cooking time - 25 to 30 minutes
Makes - 35 to 40 idlies approx.

Ingredients to make Idli:

4 cups rice
1 cup urad dal - split black lentil
1 cup curd
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon dry fenugreek seeds
Fruit salt as needed
Oil for greasing

To serve with:

Coconut chutney

Method to make Idli:

  • Soak rice with fenugreek seeds and urad dal separately in luke warm water for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Drain excess water and grind to a smooth paste. Add some salt and curd to it and mix properly. Keep aside for fermentation for 6 to 7 hours or overnight. (fermenting time can differ as per the season.)
  • Grease microwave proof idli stand. Pour sufficient water to microwave proof idli maker.
  • Mix the better properly and add fruit salt to a small quantity of it, beat properly. 
  • Pour batter into greased idli stand and steam for 3 to 4 minutes as mentioned.
  • When ready remove and let it cool at room temp. for 2 to 3 minutes.
  •  Remove idlies from the stand and repeat the same for remaining.
  • Piping hot Idli is ready to serve, serve it with sambhar and coconut chutney.
  • Steaming can be done on gas also. In that case, pour water in the steamer and let come to boiling temp. Then pour better to stand and again steam for 15 to 20 minutes or till idlies are ready.

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