Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Idlis with a simple green chutney


While I have been unable to spend time in visiting all the blogs on my reader list as well as posting recipes, I have diligently been clicking pictures of my dishes in the hope that I will be able to get back to regular blogging sooner than later. This post, being framed in the midst of sudden plans for another vacation to Coorg, features a breakfast menu after a long time.

Idli is our favorite breakfast dish, and we usually prefer it with sambar or tomato chutney, or plain coconut chutney. Many times though, we also enjoy the lovely light green coriander and curd chutney along with idlis.

Idli

To make Idlis as seen in the picture, you will need:
Rice - raw - 2 cups
Urad Dal (Black lentil, de-husked) - 1 cup
Chana Dal - a fistful (optional, Amma does this, to make it more healthier)
Moong Dal - a fistful (optional, same as above)
Salt - to taste

Method:

  • Soak the rice and the 3 different dals in 4-5 cups of water for about 5-6 hours
  • Grind into a fine paste, and leave the batter to ferment overnight and rise
  • Grease the idli pans with oil/ ghee and steam cook for 10-20 minutes depending on the size of the idlis

Note: You may also add about 2 fistfuls of rice flakes (atukul/poha/aval) while grinding the batter, in order to make the idlis more fluffy. My sister-in-law told me about this, and though I do normally add rice flakes, these Idlis (seen in the picture) are made from batter to which rice flakes were not added.

The simple white Idlis go to FIC - WHITE hosted by Kitchen Flavours this month.

Food in colors is a unique event started by Sunshinemom of TongueTicklers.

Coriander and Curd Chutney


To make the coriander and curd chutney seen in the picture, you will need:

Coriander leaves - chopped - 2 cups
Curd - fresh, not sour - 1/2 cup
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 2 tbsp
Green chilly - 1 large
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp (optional, I did not add)
Salt - to taste


Method:

  • Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste
  • Allow to simmer in a pan over low heat, while stirring continuously, for 2-3 minutes

Note: You may temper the chutney with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and asafeotida (hing), in 2 tsps of oil. I did not do this, as I made this in the morning rush, and wanted to save time. Also, more importantly, A hates mustard seeds in her curries:-( and starts picking them out!

Serve with hot idlis

35 comments:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Idly and chutney. Sounds so cool and satisfying. What could be more comforting than idli and chutney......

Usha said...

Idli with chutney looks delicious and inviting, loved the idea of adding rice flakes while making idli batter will try the next time I make idli :-)

srikars kitchen said...

Wow.. great combi.. looks kushboo idly.. he he he.. nice entry..

Gita's Kitchen said...

Wow, coriander and curd chutney is very different to me, the combination looks so yummy, should definitely try this one :)

sowmya said...

nice idea of adding the other dals. never tried that way.

Sid Khullar said...

I find it so difficult to go through the motions of regular south Indian cooking - like dosas, appams... and end up admiring people who can - that chutney looks delicious!

Sharmila said...

Wow! Great looking plate! :-)
Love idlis anytime.

Alka said...

Even i heard this tip that adding poha do makes a positive difference,but i am always afraid to try it out fearing that it cud spoil whole thing and leave me frustrated after the whole efforts...do u think i should go for it?

Cynthia said...

That chutney looks green, rich and creamy!

Happy Holidays

Laavanya said...

I had no idea that channa dhal and mung dhal could be added to idli.. must try it. They look spongy and big. The coriander curd chutney is new to me too ... nice combinaton.

SriLekha said...

looks delicious and colorful!

Dibs said...

Hello Shreya - The chutney looks yummy! Hey pesarattu is very easy. Try using a non stick, and a low flame ..thats about it! Let us know if it worked for you! Cheers and happy hols!

Vij said...

Idly chutney - simply irresistible combo!
Wish you a happy new year! May all your dreams come true.

cheers
Vij

sra said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Purva Desai said...

Wow idlis are soft and fluffy. I simply love corinder chutney mixed with curd...This is the best breakfast one can have...

Wishing you Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Mandira said...

delicious breakfast. I can have some idlis now... :)

happy new year to you and your family! Looking forward to many delicious posts in 2009

notyet100 said...

idlis look so simple and yet so yum,...:-),..
wish u nd ur family a very happy and prosperous new yr,..:-)

Simran said...

Nice fluffy idlis!

Enjoy your trip to Coorg and hope you have a great 2009

Vaishali said...

Idlis are forever a favorite, Shreya. I love these, and the green chutney.

Sig said...

Happy New Year Shreya! Hope you had a fun vacation!

SriLekha said...

Happy New Year!

Priti said...

Hey dear Happy New Year to you and family how r u? Hope your vacation is going great....catch u soon

Vibaas said...

This chutney recipe is different. will try it for sure as it has my favorite ingredient - curd :)

Happy new year!

Sunshinemom said...

Fave breakfast looks delicious here!

Happy New Year:)

Sanghi said...

Mmm.. idli..! My mom makes it, but then i hated it eating daily morning. but now after marriage, i crave for those.. Ur's is a eye treat for me..!

Indranee said...

Nice recipe! Happy new year!

Sanghi said...

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Malar Gandhi said...

Looks great, nice color you got there...I like this chutney to go with my roti tho'...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow tempting click dear. Love the green chutney recipe. will try this soon. Thank you for sending it down to FIC.

Andhra Flavors said...

wow, corriander and curd chutney, sholud be tasty.

Vidhya said...

Thats really a comfort food for me and your idly looks really spongy

Seena said...

Love the greens! so yum, had posted one chutney sandwich like your previous post long back.. :)

Madhavi said...

Lovely combo, yummmmm entry!!!

DEESHA said...

hey how have you been doing? all well at your end?

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..missed your lovely blog till now..Malayali???me too..:)..simply fell for your title pic..Whoa..n seeing the Idli chutney am drooling..:)