Idly Idli

July 13, 2007

A week or so ago, I felt like making idli for dinner. For those of you who don’t know what idli is, it’s a type of steamed cake made out of grounded rice and urad dhal paste that has been fermented. Fermentation process in this case is just a simple one where you just put your idli mixture on your kitchen counter until it starts foam on the top. When it does, it’s ready to use.

Idli takes a while to prepare because of the waiting time basically. So, plan this ahead of time 🙂 This recipe is great for idling the time away while you wait for it to be ready, hence the name Idly Idli for the subject.

What you need is:
3 cups parboiled rice (washed and soaked overnight)
1 cup urad dhal (washed and soaked overnight)
1/2 tsp. soda bicarbonate
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin
salt to taste

1. With a food processor, process the rice and the dhal separately before combining them together with the rest of the ingredients.
2. Let them sit on the counter of your kitchen for no less than 7 hours, better if you could leave it overnight. Cover it with plastic wrap, of course.

Once you see that the mixture is frothy ontop, your idli mixture is ready.

3. I used ramekins to make my idli, you can go ahead and use macaroon tin or something of that nature. Anyway, fill the ramekins up about 1/3rd of the way. Steam in a rice cooker or a bamboo steamer for about 15 minutes. Your idli should come out clean when you poke it with a skewer. That means it’s done 🙂

Serve with dhal curry, sambhar or with just about any of your favorite curries. I served mine with some dhal and spicy sweet potato chips 🙂

Teh Tarik or “pulled tea” (in Malay) which actually a Malaysian-like Cappuccino, would be great with this meal.

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Sweet Jasmine
July 13, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

Just recently I made idli that is ready mix in a packet(made in India) with all the spices and cashew nuts…I have to only add the yogurt into it and then steam….taste quite good..not too sour..

July 13, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

sweet jasmine: That’s really interesting, adding yogurt instead of letting it ferment to that sourness. I think when i get back to malaysia i must try to get one of these pre-mixes or something cos i sure can’t find those here in Canada 🙂

July 13, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

I want to order a set!!!, PLUS the teh tarik! Yum yum!

July 13, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

tigerfish: One idli set with teh tarik coming up! 😛

July 14, 2007 @ 6:48 am

Me too – I want to order! I’ve never tried idli before! And spicy sweet potato chips??!!! yum! Do you bake those or fry?

The Expedited Writer
July 14, 2007 @ 7:08 am

wokandspoon: another one coming up! 😀 I deep fried those potato chips 😀


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