How to make Dal Idli
Clean Urad dal and rice. Wash and soak in water separately for 4 hours or the entire night.
Remove excess water from Urad dal and using less water grind it into a fine paste. Also remove water from rice and with a little water grind it into a thick paste. Mix the two together and prepare a thick mixture which does not flow freely when dropped from a spoon.
To ferment the mixture add salt to taste and baking soda then cover and place in a warm place for 12-14 hours. Fermented mixture doubles in quantity. Mixture for preparing Idli is ready.
Stir the mixture with a spoon, if it is too thick add little water. If you have the traditional utensil for making Idli then it would be much better. Else you can use Idli maker or cooker. I make Idli in a pressure cooker myself.
Pour 2 small glasses of water(500 grams) in the pressure cooker and place it on the gas to heat. Take out the Idli stand, clean, Grease all its plates with oil. Pour equal amounts of mixture into the moulds, fill all of them and fix to the Idli stand. To cook Idli place it stand in the cooker. Close the lid of the cooker, do not put whistle on the lid.
Cook Idli on a high flame for 9-10 minutes. Turn off the gas, Idlis are cooked. Open the pressure cooker, remove the stand, separate the plates, cool the Idlis off and with the help of a knife take them out and place on a plate. Idlis are ready.
Serve hot Idli with steaming Sambhar and coconut Chutney and eat.
Idli Fry Recipe
You eat Idli with coconut chutney or peanut chutney. Sometimes you tend to make too many them and store them in the fridge for the next day. Idli kept in the fridge loses some moisture turns dry and do not taste good with chutney. We will make Idli Fry of these Idlis.
To prepare Idli Fry put 1-2 tbsp oil in the pan, after frying some Rie, add 1-2 green chilli(finely chopped), some ginger(grated), 5-6 curry leaves and fry. In this masala put coconut/peanut chutney, little water, salt to taste, cut Idlis and fry for 2-3 minutes as you stir. You can also put chopped tomatoes if you wish. Take them out in a bowl, garnish wit finely chopped coriander. Yummy Idli Fry is ready, do tell us if you liked this recipe..
Idli Chat Recipe
Every dish after leaving its place of origin adapts to the taste and form of the new region. Though Idli is a dish originally from South India, it adapts to the local taste as it arrives to North India. We usually make Idli on Sundays and eat the leftover as chaat in the evenings. Have you made Idli chaat? Do give it a try.
To prepare Idli Chat place 2 Idlis(cut into 4-5 pieces) on a plate add green coriander chutney, sweet chutney, curd, Chaat masala, roasted Jeera(cumin), small Sev and pomegranate seeds if you have on top. Mouth watering Idli Chaat is now ready.