Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Veggie Rice Cakes(Idli) With Nutty Chutney

Idli is a common breakfast in South India.As a child I always enjoyed idli's in an udupi restaurants. You have to buy a good idli steamer to prepare fluffy idlis,available in most Desi(Indian\Paki) stores.

Ingredients you'll need are
2 cups Idli Rava (cream of rice)
1 cup Urad Lentil
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
Some Olive oil to spread on the idli plates.

To make the Fluffy cakes
Soak the ingredients
Preparation requires soaking split Urad lentil for 4 hours and Idli Rava for about 2 hours. Grinding the lentils in to smooth paste. Drain all the water from soaked idli rava and squeeze out any excess water. Mix in the lentil paste in large bowl with lid.
Ferment the mixture over night
Allow to ferment overnight in a warm dark corner of the kitchen . Usually an oven. Preheat your oven at warm and turn it off. Now place the mixture in the oven to ferment.
Next Morning Idli ready in 10 minutes

Grease the idli steamer with clarified butter(Ghee) or olive oil. Sprinkle some finely chopped vegetables on each cup of the idli stand.

Spoon the idli mixture on top of the vegetables.

Cover and steam for about 9-10 minutes.

Wait couple of minutes before uncovering.

Serve with Sambhar and Nutty Chutney. Feel like you are in a South Indian Breakfast Haven.

Health Nut alert
If your batter did not ferment(rise) then don't attempt to make idli's with unfermented batter. You may end with hard cakes clearly not edible. Make sure you ferment overnight in a warm corner of the kitchen .

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