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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Amazing Podi Idli - Steamed South Indian Breakfast.

          Idlis in general are a perfect healthy breakfast option. So I dished out my all time favourite in a new avatar with some idli podi sprinkled over it. (I added some Nalla Karam Podi - an Andhra Speciality). Serve these soft and fluffy treats in this appealing way and see them fast disappearing in no time. A good tasty coconut chutney and sambar are perfect as an accompaniment.

           This dish brings some good memories of my days in Chennai, where I would pack these podi idlis in my son's school lunch box. They were also our weekend breakfast menu. The podi (gunpowder) is Nalla Karam podi, a Andhra speciality that I carry with me wherever I go.   

  • 1 cup Idli rava (semolina), soaked for 3-4 hours & drained
  • 1/2 cup split urad dal (black gram), soaked for 2 hours & drained
  • few fenugreek seeds, soaked along with the dal
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • Idli podi (gun powder) as required
  • oil to grease the idli mould
  • coconut chutney & sambar to serve

          Grind the dal, fenugreek seeds, idli rava, cooked rice, buttermilk and enough water to a smooth paste. Adjust water to form a thick batter. Mix salt to taste and ferment overnight.

          Pour spoonfuls in greased idli moulds and sprinkle the podi over it in any pattern you desire. 

           Steam in a pressure cooker or steamer for 15 minutes (5 minutes on high flame and the remaining on low flame). When cool, demould them and serve them hot with chutney and sambar.



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