Thursday, February 11, 2010

Idli & Chutney

Idli was one of the breakfast item i luv the most to have, even more than dosa. I remember my mother's words, while packing me first time to Singapore. "I have bought Chakson Idli Cooker for you. Do make Idlis for breakfast." What is that so much special for her to specify about 'Chakson'. I had seen Ads for Rice cooker & when she came the day before we were leaving I was surprised to see she has brought "Chakson Rice & Idli Cooker". I asked her "After all How do i make idlis??". "Dnt worry, you know you will get instant idli & dosa mix". At that time I got a relief as in Idea Ads "What an idea Sirji". Soon aftr reaching here we unpacked all the stuff and found the idli cooker in a crooked shape. Funny, it got flattend bcos of some crap's heavy loads on our trolley. As all ideal housewives, the only way to impress husband is cook gud foods. While shopping got this Instant Idli Mix & prepared for the first time in my life the "Idli", but it turned out to be an 'Idli stone'. Oh my god!!!, all impressions gone out in a sec. I still remember my hubby's weird facial expressions while eating & a phrase "No more idlis & mix". May be the mix or the time I cooked is more, I wasn't sure. My mum, she was giggling when heard about this. She is lucky that she is too far. Later got the recipe from her, and one of my friend also helped me out in making real soft idlis. After that Idlis came out always well and was able to change my hubby's impressions about my Idli making. "First Impression is the best impression" is very true statement as still when I start making idlis he will smile and say "Will it be idli stone again??", even after it came out well so many times..

Ingredients:
Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urad Dal : 1 Cup
Fenugreek : 1 table spoon
Cooked Rice : 2 handful

Preparation:
  1. Soak raw rice and urad dal in water for 4-6 hours and then grind it adding enough water. Make sure that you are adding water only to the extent that batter is thick.
  2. While grinding add fenugreek and the cooked rice.
  3. Keep this batter for around 8 hours (usually over night) in a warm place for fermentation.
  4. Add salt and mix it well till it is dissolved.
  5. Grease the idli holder with oil and pour the batter up to 3/4th.
  6. Steam it for around 6-8 minutes.
  7. Remove the idlies from the holder once it is cooled a little.
Serve it with sambar or chutney (given below).

Chutney


Ingredients:
Tomato : 1 small
Grated Coconut : 1 Cup
Red Dried Chilly : 2 nos
Ginger : 1/2 inch
Mustard Seeds : 1 t spoon
Curry Leaves : 1 sprig
Salt : To taste
Oil : 1 1/2 t spoon

Preparation:
  1. Grind tomato, grated coconut, red chilly, ginger and salt to a paste.
  2. Heat a pan and add oil, splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add the paste and 1/4 cup of water, mix well for around 2 minutes.

This participates in the Cooking Basics Event an event by Mahima

24 comments:

  1. idili is my fav breakfast too..idli looks soft and perfect !i am following you too..lovely space you have..

    ReplyDelete
  2. enta favourat break fast....yummm oru 2 idili thadi...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Our favourite breakfast...looks great..

    ReplyDelete
  4. Perfect looking idli with yummy chutney,i too love this combo...

    ReplyDelete
  5. perfect and delicious breakfast...looks so yum!

    ReplyDelete
  6. My all time fav breakfast item..Ethra kazhichalum mathiyavilla....

    ReplyDelete
  7. My fav and yummy breakfast.

    I have an award for you for my 200th post pls collect it http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2010/02/sweet-avalpoha-with-milk-my-200th-post.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hahaha..nice write up Dear...could imagine your hubby's expression..it happened with me too!!!Thanks Dear for the wonderful wishes and the Bday song..I loved it :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I too have tried the instant mixes a couple of times, but never succeeded :( I think you cannot beat the home made batter :-) This idli looks so soft and spongy

    ReplyDelete
  10. mmm, perfect breakfast looks so filling and I was so happy looking at the plate full of Idli's and chutney...

    Btw do send this to the Cooking Basic Event --
    http://spicesetc.blogspot.com/2010/02/cooking-basics-event.html

    Http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yeah I too remember serving idli stones to my hubby when we were newly married...your idlis look soft dear..perfect combo with the chutney :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Perfect idlis!!:):).. I love idlis!!.. looks great and love the combo!!.. I would like to share some awards with you please accept it from my blog:):)

    ReplyDelete
  13. wow aparna idlis luk very fluffy n yummy...nice recipe of chutney...

    ReplyDelete
  14. perfect Idlis! loved reading this post! n also liked this chutney recipe..will try this next time I do Idlis..

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely idlis.. it's my favorite. I am sure your mom's as impressed with your cooking now as your husband..way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  16. thankyou so much guys.@Nostalgia,my mum still can't imagine that i cook :P. My hubby is impressed hehe.
    @Ramya thankyou so much for informing me abt the event.@devi & Sara..thankyou dear a lot.will collect it from ur blogs..
    Njoyyy!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. new way of making idli.. never tried adding cooked rice to the batter. looks very fluffy and soft. thanks for your contribution:)

    ReplyDelete
  18. eppo kittiyalum ithu njan akathakkum...
    Yummy and perfect..
    Please collect your awards from Vazhayila dea..!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love idli...thanks for sharing...looks tempting..:))

    ReplyDelete
  20. idliyum thakkali chutneyum undekkul otta iruppinu ethravenamenkilum kazhikkam.

    ReplyDelete
  21. hey, so you prepare them and click snaps to upload to the blog? Hahah, that at least is a motivation! :)
    BTW... i am loving all ur posts. I am gonna be a frequent visitor to this space.

    ReplyDelete