Sunday, June 12, 2011

Idly - Sambar

Ingredients for Idly batter:
Idly rice - 4 cups
Whole Urad dal - 1 cup
Methi seeds - 1tbsp (optional)
Salt - to taste

Soak the rice and methi seeds seperately overnight. Soak the urad dal just half an hour before grinding. First grind urad dal and methi seeds to a smooth paste by adding required water. After it is well done, transfer the urad dal mix to a broad vessel. Next grind the rice nicely. Mix both together along with salt using your hands. Allow it to ferment for atleast 8-10 hrs or overnight. Prepare idlies the next day. The Idlies will come out very soft.

  • Use cold water for best results
  • You can even use ice cubes while grinding the batter.
Ingredients for sambar:
Mixed vegetables (potato, carrot, brinjal, drumstick etc ) - chopped
Small onion - a few
Tomato - 1 (chopped)
Ginger - 1 piece (chopped)
Garlic - 4 pods (chopped)
Tamarind juice - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
Toor dal / Moong dal - 1 cup (both will be good)
Salt - to taste
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Hing - 1/2 tsp

Pressure cook the dal till soft and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, Methi seeds and hing. Add onions, tomatoes and fry for few minutes. Then add the mixed vegetables. Fry for another 5 minutes. Add the tamarind juice, turmeric powder and salt. Add required water and allow it to boil till the vegetables are cooked. Add the cooked dal and mix well. Allow to boil well and serve with hot Idlies / dosas.

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