SOFT IDLI RECIPE
Idli - The most popular and common breakfast in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Even though we have lots of other breakfast recipes like Poori, Chapathi, Upma and so on...., nothing can beat the combination of Idli with sambar. Hope everyone agrees with me. :).
Now I am going to share with you how to prepare the basic Idli batter and the process of making Idli. Normally I prefer using cloth on my idli moulds , the only difficulty with cloth is while removing the Idli's from it and then washing it, but the end result ,it gives more soft Idli's than the one cooked with the plate greased with oil. It takes 10 - 15 minutes to cook the idli's , to check it you can slide in a tooth pick and see. Serve this Idli with hot sambar topped up with ghee or with chutney's and enjoy :)
Preparation time : 20 minutes + 3-4 hrs. soaking+ 8- 10 hrs. of fermenting time
Cooking time : 10 - 15 minutes.
For this recipe you need
- 4 cups of parboiled rice
- 1 cup of urad dal
- 1/4 tsp. of fenugreek seed
Wash and soak the rice in water .
Wash and soak urad dal along with fenugreek in water.
Soak them both for atleast 3 - 4 hours.
Drain the water from urad dal (reserve the water for grinding ) .Using a wet grinder,grind urad dal by sprinkling water every few minutes until smooth and frothy. Transfer it to a bowl.
Now grind the soaked rice adding water gradually, now pour this batter along with the urad dal batter.
Add salt and mix the two batters well.
Leave to ferment in a warm place for about 8 -10 hrs.
Next day the batter would have raised 2 inches high with tiny bubbles.
Add water in the idli vessel. Wet a cloth and place it on the idli mould.Pour a laddleful of batter on it and steam cook for 10 -15 mins.
When the idli is ready , remove from the vessel and place the idli mould on to a plate.
Invert the mould , now gently remove the cloth from the idli, if you find it difficult sprinkle little water on top, wait for a minute and then remove it
Soft and fluffy idli is ready to be served..............
Serve this idli with sambar or with any chutney's of your choice and enjoy :)