Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Instant Semolina/Rava Idli with Sambar

Dear friends, am back to the blogging world after a longish break...and with a healthy recipe.

Unfortunately, the summer is turning out to be, in spite of all global warming claims to the contrary, a damp and cold one in Germany. Rains, floods and temperatures hovering around 12 degrees C on bad days are not really the stuff summer is made of. Today was an exception in that the sun shone for a major part of the day and the mercury levels went up....but tomorrow the rains are forecasted to come again.

So heres something warm and spicy to heat things up a bit...This one is especially for my brother, who loves Idlis. He celebrated his birthday last week - I wanted to post this recipe last week, but was unfortunately away. 




Semolina/Rava Idli 

Ingredients

1 cup - semolina (rava)
1 tbsp - gram flour (besan)
1/4 tsp - salt
3/4 tsp -  eno fruit salt
1 cup - buttermilk (more or less)
oil to grease the idli moulds

Method
  1. In a bowl, mix together the semolina, gram flour, salt and buttermilk. Add the fruit salt and mix vigourously for a minute. (The consistency of the batter should be a little thick)
  2. Pour spoonful of batter into the greased moulds and place them in the steamer. Steam for about 7-8 minutes (the time may vary depending upon the idli maker)
Makes 8 idlis


Sambar

Ingredients

3/4 cup - split pigeon pea (toor daal) 
to be pressure cooked (upto 4 whistles) with 1 1/2 cup of water, a pinch of turmeric powder, a generous pinch of red chilli powder and a few drops of ghee (clarified butter) 

1 - onion, medium size, chopped
1/4 cup - yellow pepper, chopped
1/4 cup - cucumber, chopped
1 - tomato, chopped
1 - green chilli, chopped
1 tbsp - tamarind pulp (more or less)
1 1/4 tbsp - sambar masala
1/2 tsp - sugar
1 tbsp - dessicated coconut
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
1/2 cup - water (more or less)
salt to taste
coriander leaves to garnish

For the tempering

1 1/2 tbsp - sunflower oil
1/4 tsp - cumin seeds
1/4 tsp - mustard seeds
1/8 tsp - fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp - asafoetida (hing)
6-8 - curry leaves

Method
  1. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida and fry until the seeds start to splutter.
  2. Add the chopped green chillies, onions and yellow pepper and saute until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook again for a couple of minutes. 
  3. Add the turmeric powder, sambar powder and dessicated coconut and cook for a minute. Add the tamarind pulp and salt and cook again for a minute.
  4. Add the boiled daal and water and simmer for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionaly. Add the sugar and stir for a minute.
  5. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot. 


You can have the idlis as a starter or a snack or a whole meal. We usually eat it as a wholemeal.


Enjoy!


60 comments:

  1. Oh Rachana this idli sambar makes my mouth drool, and great clicks!!!

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  2. I hope you are doing great..good to see you back..

    Idli sambhar looks irresistable..very tempting clicks.

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  3. OMG thats is totally tempting and the clicks are awesome too...

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  4. very intersting post...never had idli rava with besan....must try it out...it gives a nice goldon hue to the idlis...

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  5. Very tempting breakfast choice

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  6. And welcome back!Hope your trip was a pleasant one.

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  7. Welcome back, Hope you are fine. Semolina idly and sambar looks delicious. Adding besan and eno fruit salt to idly is new to me.

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  8. Hi Rachana, good to see you back! Hope your trip was good!!

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  9. These are very yummy! Welcome back, I am also back from my vacation :)

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  10. Welcome back Rachna to the blogging world!
    The idlis are one of my favorites too and look very tempting indeed!
    Have a wonderful day:)

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  11. wounder rachna,love the pics as well as the idly.Too gud presentation...

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  12. Hi Rachana,

    I missed your recipes..and I never used gram flour in my idlis..how does it make a difference?

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  13. Nice to see you back! The rava idlis looks great!

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  14. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. idly looks simply superb.. very beautiful clicks dear.. thanks for sharing !!

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  15. Looks awesome! I love the sambars.

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  16. Nice to see you back. The dish is so tempting and it is easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Welcome back. I have not had this before, it looks delicious.
    Mimi

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  18. The humble idli sambar looks like a gourmet dish!! Fabulous pics!!

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  19. welcome back rachana,its so nice to see you after a long time, really missed you and your yummy posts...and idli sambhar is one of my fav too,very healthy and yum...you have clicked it really well

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  20. Drooling and perfect clicks

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  21. Looks great..... Loved the perfect looking captures which surely is successful in e-delivering the yumminess of the prep..... Kudos!!!!

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  22. The idlis look so yumm ... I can imagine the wonderful flavor accompnied with hot sambhar !!!
    Makes me hungry ..

    - Smita
    @Little Food junction

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  23. gLAD TO SEE U BACK.. This one if my fav

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  24. Yummy, nice clicks. lovely presentation...

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  25. My all time favourite is idli... with the idli and sambar i am droolllinnnggg over here..... simply love it...

    This is my first time visit here and just love your space and added urs to my blog list....

    When you find time, do visit my blog...

    Thanks

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  26. Nice to have you back! I miss your delicious treat!
    These semolina buns look very yummy.

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  27. Nice to see you back Rachana:-) Really want to have these hot and yummy idlis...Adding besan is new to me...Lovely clicks
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  28. Welcome back, dear Rachana, we've been missing your yummy posts.
    These idlis look delicious and I must confess that I can't resist idlis... When we were in South India, I had them every day without exception!!!

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  29. Hi. Welcome back dear.
    A easy- breezy preparation and perfect for that climate.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  30. Welcome back! The idlis are fluffy and relishing!

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  31. Heureuse de te savoir de retour.
    Un plat qui semble délicieux.
    Il me manque le moule pour faire ces petits pains-vapeur.
    Bonne journée et à bientôt.

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  32. Hey rachna, chanced upon your blog while surfing the web..loving your style of blogging n awesome collection of recipes here..i book marked some.. have 2 go through some more :)..loved your chocolate delight n crepes recipe..
    I love rava idly very much and I am drooling seeing the delicious sambar idly prepared by you.adding besan is new to me
    Will b visiting often..
    do drop in at my space sometime..
    take care,
    aipi
    http://usmasala.blogspot.com/

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  33. Beautiful clicks..Idli looks so soft and sambar looks so yummy!!

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  34. evertime favorite combo looks so delicious i like the rava idli.. idli and sambar likes to have at any time very beautiful n tempting pic..

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  35. Welcome back..lovely combo,looks absolutely delicious.

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  36. Your photos are perfect; but the thought of having that meal got me daydreaming! It sounds so tantalizing, and I love the little semolina cakes and all the spices....just heavenly!

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  37. Quelle recette originale! =)
    Tes photos sont à tomber, bravo!
    Bise & Bonne soirée

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  38. Hey, didnt now u could make idlis without rice and urad dal..this is a quick recipe without all the grinding and fermenting!!

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  39. Welcome back dear...idli looks so soft and your preparation sounds easy but great taste, lovely presentation...

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  40. Looks very delicious! Love the little cross-shaped holes in the idli plates! :-)

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  41. Loved that platter....i shoudl try ur version now...i am getting bored of my rawa idly:)

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  42. Hi rachna, how are you doing? long time. :)) did i ever mention that south indian is my fav cuisine. :)

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  43. O YUM. I don't know how to sambar (I'm North Indian)...so thanks so much for the recipe.

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  44. These look wonderful. I've never had anything like this before but I'm certainly willing to try them. They look delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  45. Rava idly looks so fluffy and perfect dear. Unbeatable combo .....makes me hungry:)

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  46. Awesome platter..Hope you had a fun vacation..

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  47. Welcome back indeed! WHat a great recipe... i think I can use an egg poacher to make these... great dish.

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  48. Idli looks so good with sambar...

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  49. wow rachna......idlis look so soft and cute :) Loved the colour of sambar...great clicks !! Welcome back :)

    Lavanya

    www.lavsblog.com

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  50. For the first time i have been here,You have lovely recipes..Idli sounds tasty and yumm with sambhar

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  51. bon retour parmi nous
    en plus tu nous ramène une savoureuse recette qui me titille beaucoup les papilles
    bonne soirée

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  52. what a perfect timing, I just came back from my hometown and this time idli maker tagged along with me. I can't wait to try this as this is gonna take only a matter of minutes to make.

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  53. hi
    i am 1st time here.Ialso make this idlii but never use basen now i try it. do visit my blog
    santoshbangar.blogspot.com

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    Idli with sambar looks yummy and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

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