Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Idli (Idly)

  • Wash 4 cups of parboiled rice (pulungal arisi).
  • Wash 1 cup of urad dal (husked black gram / ulundham paruppu) + a tsp of fenugreek (methi / vendhayam). (Wash only a little to retain available yeast, which is useful for fermentation).
  • Soak them separately in water for about 2 hours.
  • Grind rice and dal separately to a smooth fine paste. Add water little by little while grinding to achieve desired result. Cold grinding is preferable.
  • Mix together with 2 teaspoon of salt with your hand and make a thick batter and just cover the container.
  • Leave it for not less than 8 hours to ferment. The duration of fermentation is more during winter or in cold countries. The volume of batter increases and becomes almost double at the required fermentation stage. So select the container accordingly.
  • Boil water in idli cooker.
  • Apply oil over plates of idli stand.
  • Stir the batter a little (If you stir more air bubbles will come out resulting in less spongy idlies), pour in the idli plate with the help of a spoon and place it inside the cooker.
  • You can use normal cooker without the weight.
  • Steam for about 10 minutes.
  • Take out the stand, remove idlies from plates by using a sharp wet spoon.
  • Serve hot with sambar, chutney, mutton /chicken gravy, or milagai podi with gingelly oil.