Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rava Idli

Rava idli one of the most common breakfast item from Bangalore. Personally I hate Rava idli's. The reason being that it is made up of Curds. I dislike milk and milk products (Except chocolates & ice creams ofcourse!!!) I remember as kid I never used to serve anyone curds or buttermilk (Yeah i was too stubborn on this). For that matter I would not even wash the vessels that had curds in them! Everyone in my family knew it and my cousins used to tease me with that too. It so happened once that for some reason my cousin got irritated with me and he cursed me saying that the guy I marry should be a lover of curds! and looks like god was just waiting for it and he said "Tathaasthu". My hubby loves curds and so do my in-laws. Well I am glad that god did say "Tathaasthu" for I have got a wonderful family. After my mom-in-law came to know about my hatred for curds she stopped using them in curries. Even if she made some curry out of curds or salads she would first take out some portion and keep it aside for me and use a substitute like tamarind or lemon juice. Did i ever tell you that she cooks really well.. Her pulao or chutney pudi can never match anyone. I just wonder how mom's can cook so well. Well I do not know if it is a matter of practise and experience or the love for the family I always feel that I will never be able to cook like my mom's(both of them). Well things have changed now I do make curds at home but that does not mean that I eat it. But at times I do add it to Biryani or dosa. Anyways coming back to Rava idli's I made these today morning for breakfast. It is so easy to prepare and also healthy that it may often make its appearance on my breakfast table. Hubby dear was glad that I did give a try. Without further delay here is what's needed:
1 cup Rava/Semolina
1 cup curds
1 small carrot grated
2 green chilli's chopped fine
1/4 cup boiled green peas or fresh green peas
small ginger piece chopped finley
a pinch of Baking soda
chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste
For Seasoning
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp Urad dal(Split Black gram)
Few curry leaves
1/2 tsp Chana dal (I left them out as I did not have it in hand)
1) Dry roast the semolina on medium flame until it gives out a nice aroma. Let it cool completely.
2) Mix in the curds + salt + baking soda + veggies.
3) Prepare the seasoning by heating oil and adding in the mustard. Once it splutters and urad dal and fry until pink. Add the chana dal and fry until done. Add curry leaves and stir. Pour the seasoning onto the rava mixture. Mix well. Let it sit for 30 mins.
4) After thirty minutes check the consistency of the batter. It should be of normal idli batter consistency. If not you may add little water and mix. Place chopped cashews on each of the slots of the greased idli plate and pour the batter into them. Steam for 10 to 15 mins.
5) Serve hot with Chutney of your choice.
The rava idli's did come out very soft but I was not very sure of the texture as I had used very fine rava (Semolina) as that is the only variety available here. I would love to try this with a little bigger sized rava next time.


Deepthi Shankar said...

lovely idlis .. I always buy the readymade MTR pack Never made it from scratch .. Neeevu kannadadigara?

Uj said...

Dear VG, Thanks. Even I have tried with MTR pack but they are quite expensive plus very rarely available here..Its very easy to make easier than making upma I feel :)Do try it BTW naanu Karnatakadavalu aadre maathra bhaashe Konkani :D

ST said...

Idlis look awesome and delicious..

U have nice and lovely blog.

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot Sireesha :)

Dershana said...

Hi Uj, nice one. i love rava idlis unlike you :-), my version just skips the baking soda though.

Good you got a curd loving family, time to get some probiotics into your system :-)

Uj said...

Thanks Dershana...May be I will try skipping baking soda some day;)