Idlis is traditionally a wonderful south Indian breakfast. When they are served with Sambar and Chutney, they make a full meal and can be enjoyed at any time of the day! Idlis are steamed food making them very healthy and very light. Making Iddli is a process that takes a couple of days, but at the end of it, it’s absolutely worth the effort!
Preparation of the Idli batter
Wash the black gram Dhal until the water runs clear and then add the Fenugreek seeds and additional water and soak for 4-6 hours together.
Drain the water from the Dhal and grind it with about one cup of water to a smooth consistency.
Soak Ponni rice separately for four hours.
Wash and grind the gram Dhal, Fenugreek and rice separately.
Add one tea spoon of salt or to taste.
Mix and whip up the batter with your hands until everything is blended well.
Cover and allow the batter to ferment in a warm place overnight or about 8-12 hours until it ferments.
How to make idlis?
Once the batter has fermented, it will rise.
Mix well and add in water, slowly, till the batter is of dropping consistency.
Check salt (add if needed).
Add some oil to the idli stand.
Spoon a ladle full of batter into the Idli stand.
Stack up the idli plates in alternates, avoid one directly over the other giving the idli space to rise.
In a stock-pot or a pressure cooker, add about an inch of water and allow it to come to a boil.
Place the Idli stand in the boiling water and close.
Make sure there is a vent for the steam to escape.
Once the cover is closed, set timer for fifteen minutes.
After fifteen minutes, take out the stand and spoon out the Iddlis from the iddli plates.
Serve them with Sambar and Coconut Chutney.
Store the Idlis in an insulated box until ready to serve.
CheenaChatti is a team effort of few like minded people who loves cooking and wish to experiment with tastes in their leisure times. Its all about cooking and nothing else.
The word "CheenaChatti" is the malayalam (mother tongue of Kerala, popularly known as God's own Country) name of the Chinese Wok / frying pan which takes center stage in any kitchen and thus we named our website so!.